What do you get when you have a fishing opener that is delayed by over 1 month? You get excellent fishing due to zero fishing pressure and zero limits (no fish taken out of the lake in May). Those who were lucky enough to get on the water for opening weekend, were rewarded with some great fishing. The brown trout have been hard pulling, chunky fighters this year, and some larger rainbows have been cruising the depths in search of their favorite spring morsels; the chironomids. The lake level is high once again, so most fish have been found in 20′ of water or greater. There are fish that are catchable in shallower water, however, the numbers have been deeper. Midges fished right on the bottom have been the ticket and the fish have been biting all day long. There are some peak feeding periods taking place by mid-morning for 2 hours and then it becomes a steady bite. The wind has been kicking up in the afternoons, but finding the lee sides of the shoreline can keep you on the fish. Damselflies are now very prevalent in the north arm of the lake and the weeds are establishing themselves in 17′ of water.
Crowley Late is now open! The fishing was good from 11-21' and fish were found in various locations. Midge hatches......