This weekend is Preston Trout Days! Come visit and join the fun!
Woke up early Thursday to write this week’s trout fishing forecast and lightning covered the northern sky putting a damper on my enthusiasm.
Last week fishing conditions were almost perfect, and the morels started popping in the Root River Valley.
But now NOAA is predicting significant rainfall with brief thunderstorms Thursday, light rain Friday and pretty much steady rainfall through Monday. The streams will stay clear until we get more than ½ to ¾” of rain and anglers who need to fish should watch that total rainfall maps and stream gauges to see which streams are least affected.
Fishing Tip: Trout Fishing in muddy water.
Trout are principally sight feeders; they need clear water to see to eat. They do have a lateral line, and can sense vibrations in the water, but that sense is most refined for swimming in the currents. The “noise” of the flowing water in our trout streams overwhelms the trout’s vibration sensors and makes the lateral line less effective for seeking food compared to walleye or bass who live in still water. Mostly trout need 8” of water clarity to feed.
When the water is too muddy trout fishing is almost hopeless. As the water clears the fish are hungry and a couple of fishing techniques can pay off: large baits, black or sparkly baits, florescent colored baits and live bait.
For fly fishermen big colorful streamers with bright yellow or woolly buggers, maybe with a little sparkle or a small spinner. For spin fishermen I use a submarine yellow Panther Martin spinner or a florescence colored Rapala. For bait anglers a whole night crawler or chub meat.