Water Conditions: Fair-Good
Algae has returned, not real bad but clumpy
ATTENTION: The outflow is still summer normal so the lake is dropping about 2" per day.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good
As of yesterday, DWP cut the outflow way back so the lake level should stay where it is which might help the fishing. Sorry but after a 2 day break the outflow came right back up, it must still be hot down south. More bad news, the Daphnia are back. Usually when the trout are keying on them you can tell because the fish will be suspended but with the warm water everything is happening on the bottom so it's hard to tell, all the more reason to keep moving.
The perch are now a definite part of the food chain. The good thing is that they're spread out all along the weed beds and in the pockets so if you're willing to put in the time you will be rewarded by having the fishing all to yourself. You can still find them in 25' to 35' but they're now showing in 6' to 15'. Remember that unless you are ready to immediately cast to a boil there's no point in worrying about it, those fish are flushing Perch fry off the bottom and then going right back down. One technique for combating this is to suspend perch fry up above your bottom flies. This CAN be a good technique but so far this year it hasn't been very successful.
McGee Bay has picked back up but the north end seems to have slowed down for the time being. Big and Little Hilton have had their moments as well as Crooked Creek. Lots of Damsels and small Calibaetis emerging 10-1 so if you're catching fish and it shuts off between 9-10 the fish have probably switched food.
Dries: Horny Damsel #10
Nymphs: Shaft Emerger #14-16 | Albino Baron #14-16 | G/B Opti Tiger #16-18 | Optimidge Olive/Dun #16-18 | Double Bead Zebra slvr/blk small | Dainty Damsel #12 | Dreaded Damsel # 12 | Poxyback Calibaetis #16-18 | Bubbas Calibaetis #14-16
Streamers: Crystal Bugger Black #8 | Marabou Leech Burgundy or Brown #12 | Punk Perch #14-16 | Baby Fat Minnow #6