May 12, 2016
Things are perking along nicely. Smelt runs are over and fish are scattering about which is not a bad thing. Fish are no longer just at the mouth of streams and rivers.
In the big lake trollers are finding fish all along shorelines in the vicinity of streams. Spencer Bay for instance has the Roach River, which everyone knows, but also Spencer Stream, Luck Brook and Jewett Stream. Trout and salmon will be scattered about the inner portion of the bay traveling a shoreline searching for smelt still hanging in the shallows. Fish the contour close to shore where you can see bottom on one side of the boat and not on the other. We always said “If you aren’t looking for a new prop after a few days you’re not in the zone.” The water is still in the low 40’s. As it warms a few more degrees fish will begin to move out but they’ll continue to grab streamers right on top for some time to come. All you have to do is move out away from shore a bit.
Salmon and trout fishing is at it’s finest in the Moose River. Once fish start chasing spawning smelt upriver they begin holding in the river because about now a steady drift of Brassua Lake smelt begin coming through the turbine at the dam.
It creates a steady flow of food downriver. Now is when the famous floating smelt will bring fish up from the bottom in an attempt to grab what they think is a half dead smelt drifting with the current. Fish are hard to hook but it makes for some exciting fishing.
A slow but steady increase in water flow on the East Outlet has brought fish into the river. We had two boats on the river yesterday and we found aggressive fish throughout the river. All we needed to do was swing big smelty looking streamers on a sinking line. The strikes are no-nonsense and feel like they want to rip the rod right out of your hand. If a fish made a pass at the fly all we had to do was leave the fly there, give it a couple twitches and most times they would be right after it again.
We caught fish on a variety of streamers but something with some purple in it got the most attention. We didn’t nymph fishing because we didn’t need to but I’m pretty certain nymphing would have produced results as well.
Pond fishing will be getting better everyday. This beautiful warm weather raises the water temperature steadily sparking more insect activity and hatch season. It won’t be long before Blue Dunns begin popping about mid-day and continue all afternoon. If you can drop your dry in a ring made by a feeding fish before the ring is the size of a spare tire you’ll likely fool’em into turning around and grabbing your fly as well. We have such a variety of trout ponds in our region. Some very easy to access, others not so easy. You could fish a different one everyday for half the season and not get them all. If you enjoy pond fishing for wild brookies the next couple of weeks is prime, prime, prime time. Make sure your dry box has plenty of Adams, Blue Dunns, Quill Gordons, and Black Gnats. Until hatch season kicks in fishing dragon fly nymphs with your sinking line will remain very productive.
Like we said it only going to get better and better and it ain’t half bad now.
If anyone is interested we still have a few spots available for drift boat trips during the beginning of June when Hendrickson hatches usually begin.
Have a great weekend.