Fishing up here has been pretty slow to realllly slow starting about the end of June. July was slim pickens so I started hitting Show Low again seeing if could repeat the success I had last Dog Days on the smallmouth. It stated pretty slow as the lake is totally different than last season at this time. The lake has a lot more water and has been off color ever since ice out. It’s clearing somewhat now and has dropped probably over 6 ft. Still plenty of water, much more than last year.
I have pretty much fished the Jiggly under a bobber. For a short time they were chasing and I fished a Tadpole variation that DW came up with from a Pyramid Lake fly. That worked for a short time but I caught more walleye than smallies with it. That is one thing about the Jiggly, I have caught every species of fish in the lake except for a largemouth on it. Anyway the past four trips I have had at least one good smallie on. I think they are finally coming around and playing a bit. This is about the time I started fishing it last season. Been really fun. Nice to have some water so close you can fish it every day if you want….and some nice fish.
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