The water temperatures continue to improve with the past few sunny days and stream conditions south of I90 should be great, but the waters north of I90 are still clearing after the rains a week ago.
Anglers will need to watch the forecast as a cold front coming Saturday will drop overnight lows to freezing, take away the warming sun and leave a little rain. If you are of the mind that you are going fishing when you want, not just when conditions are ideal, you should be able to still catch fish.
From the angling reports I’m hearing the fishing has been good, especially in the smaller streams. We expect the fish in the larger streams to be real hungry once the water clears.
According to the avid fly fishermen they are still fishing nymphs, streamers and wooly buggers as we have not yet seen any major insect hatches; we need some more warming to get things emerging. I also see that the crawfish castles are not yet on the stream banks; it’s a little cold still. In my experience this means the big will be watching closely and will be eager to go after big-bite items like crawfish.
With skies clearing and temperatures rising on Friday through the weekend fishing conditions will be improving continuously until we get another big rain and runoff event.
Spring Fishing Tip:
Trout are primarily sight feeders and with a foot or more of water clarity they will see you long before you see them. I always recommend wearing camo when trout fishing, at least wear subdued colors that match the background. Florescent orange, red and white are not acceptable if you want to sneak up on the fish.