22 April 2015
The weather this last week has been a little bit unusual, but its bi-polar personality is pretty much on par for spring in the mountains. Wind, and ominous clouds, but very little moisture with temperatures anywhere from the mid-20s to the high 60’s depending on the time of day.
Despite all of this, anglers are still getting out and its seems the fishing is fanstastic. It’s actually kind of funny, I get more reports when the fishing is poor than when it is awesome…I would have thought quite the opposite would be true.
I have not heard of any particular technique out fishing another. The streamer nymph dropper combo seems to be the standard float tuber technique, and every flavor of power bait has been hot at one time or another. Beadhead prince nymphs and caddis flies have been popular droppers, and are a great way to catch trout and bluegill.
I heard of one angler limiting out on catfish in less than two hours last week. Not sure of the bait, but I believe he was fishing from the east side of the lake. I also heard of one tiger musky caught that was over 30 inches and fat.
The river is currently running low and clear, during our spring survey last week we managed to capture quite a few brown trout in the 14-16 inch range with a few stretching out of 18+. Of course we conduct this work to monitor native fishes below is a sample of some beautiful native species captured last week.
Buehead sucker male in spawning colors
Roundtail chub pre-spawning colors
Roundtail chub pre-spawn colors
Good luck fishing!