TROUT: (GOOD to VERY GOOD) The strong bite continues. The hatch coming on will slow things up, but the bite was so strong that these fish are still hitting hard. When you open them up, they are chock full of the Chironomid's. These bugs hatch in the mud under the water and then move to the surface and fly off. The fish are just down there gorging themselves. When its all over the bite is electric. The big Trout still running 6-9#. Lots of stocker action and all sizes in between. Arnies Dynamac, Needlefish, Kastmaster and Tasmanian Devils are strong producers. Trolling deep or shallow has raised eyebrows with big fish. Shore anglers have seen a significant pick up in action. Sundown is hot! (Courtesy of Eleven Mile Marina)
KOKANEE SALMON: (GOOD) The last week saw continued action. Some anglers got up to six in the boat. Many had 3 or 4 which is so much better than zero. If you catch a few, you usually also lose a few in the process. Downrigger is more successful then lead core, but both work. Pink is still the color, but other colors have also worked. If you have multiple rigs out, change one frequently to try and find another hot ticket. Needlefish size #1 has been the best so far. Pink and Pear Fish Scale, but others have also produced. Most fish caught are below 30 feet. The bite has been sprinkled through out the day. They have been caught early and late. The North Shore to Goose Island to Howbert to Duck still remains a good area.(Courtesy of Eleven Mile Marina)
NORTHERN PIKE: (FAIR) Not much change here. Although there is some action, its not like the Trout and Salmon. Larger fish have been spotted in the shallows and are lethargic. Water temperature needs to rise just a little more. Start working all the Coves in shallow water. If the sun is bright and it is dead stick calm, you will see these fish just lying in the shallows. Sight fishing is tough then as you can easily scare them off. (Courtesy of Eleven Mile Marina)
DREAM STREAM: (GOOD) Flows remain low at the Dream Stream, but things are heading in the right direction! Inflows are now 140 cfs and should improve dramatically this week with all the moisture and projected high in the 50's and 60's. Look for the City of Aurora to keep the flows between 80-120 cfs while Spinney Reservoir fills. Spinney Reservoir is still 15 feet from full. Anglers willing to work hard and cover lots of water are catching some good fish! Don't let the low flows fool you-- there are plenty of opportunities to catch trout with surface offerings in the slower pools and tailouts. During the non-hatch periods, red midge larva, Mercury Pheasant Tails, Buckskins, and Jujubaetis nymphed under a strike indicator have been effective. Don't rule out fishing streamers or fishing leeches either, as they are producing some excellent fish as well! Effective patterns include: # 20 Manhattan Midge, Mayer's Mini Leech, Pine Squirrel Leech, #18 Micro Egg, #18-22 Mercury Pheasant Tails, #18-20 Buckskins, #20-22 Barr Emergers, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Minute Midge, #20-22 Tube Midge, #20-22 Chironoflash, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger , #20-26 Parachute Adams, #18 Griffith Gnat, and #20-22 Matt's Midge (Courtesy of Pat Dorsey's Fly Fishing Report).