Bette Lombardi and Robb Herrington with a nice Rainbow.
WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
Water temps were like 47 to 48 at the beginning of the week which made Bow fishing tough, but are currently in the low 50s and clarity is between three and four feet. Water temperature and clarity are expected to improve as the river level continues to drop.
The weather this week has been cloudy with some wet days here and there. The sun has been poking through intermittently making for some hot rainbow fishing windows.
HOT FLY OF THE WEEK:
Despite some nice mouse eats during short windows of sunshine, the Olive Dali Lamas have been producing the most trout as they’ve been holding a bit deeper in these cooler water temps.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
Mrs. Bette Lombardi caught some nice trout on the mouse during a brief half-hour window of sunshine on an otherwise dreary day, proving that it pays to have multiple rods rigged as conditions and change by the hour.
It’s been a good week for bird viewing as the eagles follow the salmon and the spring migrants show up for nesting. Notable sightings include bald and golden eagles, yellow warblers, sandhill cranes, pintails, gadwall, mallard, and even a rare white-tailed eagle. Some mink and moose and have also been seen.
COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
The higher river level has the trout spread out but we are able to float and hunt for them in areas that normally have little or no water later in season. Stripping streamers in front of deep root wads and undercut banks has been effective, but do keep a mouse rod handy for those sunny hours. Arctic Grayling are fattening up for their prespawn migration towards the Lake. The Kings, Chum, and Sockeyes are steadily filtering in and we are seeing a larger size class of Kings this year than in recent years past. So far, we have all the makings for a great season ahead!