I apologize for the lack of posts. My program has been on the blink and wouldn’t allow me to post. It won’t allow me to write anything after I post pics so I’ll do the post and then add pics at the end….make sense??? Not to me either.
I’ll give you a rundown on what’s been happening up here for the past several weeks. I had been hitting Show Low pretty consistently because of the winds. I can fish a portion of the lake that is semi protected. The smallies continued to grab pretty well but slowed around the end of May. They have not been really aggressive and the only way I can get them to eat is fishing a fly under a bobber. Not my favorite method but “you do what you have to do”.
Early June I started hitting Big Lake and had some decent days fishing c’mids under an indicator again. Several guys were stripping small pt’s with some good success. The Bonneville cutthroats AZG&F planted last year are up to 17″-18″ now and fight very hard. Some of the Snake River’s are still around and have been caught up to 5 lbs recently. We fished it this past weekend and had some good success on some really nice 18″-20″ holdover rainbows fishing midges….sorry no pics.
Becker has been off and on again…as usual. I have been fishing top water catching some nice Tigers and rainbows using ants and hoppers. Both species are in excellent shape and fight as hard as I can remember any fish fighting in Becker. Most all the rainbows are 17″-20″ and some of the Tigers are pushing 20″. The last trip we got into the bass pretty good and had a great time. The LMB’s are not long but very tall and thick. Lake is up but is starting to get a bloom. Rain in the forecast should help that and possibly get the ant hatch moving.
Here’s some pics….the first three are Show Low. The Tiger is Ron at Becker and the remaining three are some of the bass we got at Becker
The weather up here has been pretty ugly lately—-37 degrees wind and sleet last Wed. The weekend and next few days were 40-80% chance of rain. Time to head for Havasu again. I had always wanted to get into the spawning redears. For those that don’t know what a redear is it is a sunfish in the bluegill family but gets much larger and is a tremendous fighter, especially on light weight 3-4 wt fly rods. The state record is over 6 lbs. we didn’t find any near that size but found them almost a pound.
They spawn much like a bluegill…in groups with their beds very close to one another. They are an aggressive fish but are not that easy to catch, especially the nice ones. We caught most with small flies under a bobber. A few were caught with flies actually on the bed, much like we do for smallies and lmb’s. But most would not aggressively attack the fly on the bed itself.
Another great trip to Havasu. Last one this year. When I left Show Low going over it was 41 mid morning. Sunday it got up to 95 over there. This old man wasn’t really used to that anymore. Time to play in the high country.
I have been hitting Show Low whenever the wind allows….which hasn’t been very often. This morning was calmer than any day in the past month so I went for it. The lake is full but a dirty brown. Viz is only about a foot so sight fishing for bedded fish is impossible. I tried stripping the usual chartreuse streamers of various design previous times with not a single grab. So I switched to the small crayfish patterns fished under a bobber like I used last Fall and found some players.
I fished for 5 hours and landed 3 smallies and a couple nice rainbows. Not exactly what you’d call “on fire” but a nice enough morning considering the condition of the water. Fishing will just get better and better as the water clears. Nice to have a good smallmouth fishery this close to home. Maybe I’ll go back out this afternoon.
Hit it again this morning. 4 smallies and 1 nice 18″ trout. Viz is 2′ now but wind in the forecast all next week!
Most all of these are females that are stuffed full of eggs.