Fished Sunrise Lake this morning and landed nice 16″-18″rainbows stripping Mega Simi Seal leeches…2″ Nice to feel the old Sunrise grab. No lake up here has a better strip bite than Sunrise. They eat it like they’re going 100 miles an hour…broke off the first couple on 3x. The bobber boys were doing even better.
Sorry for the lack of reports but I’ve been hitting Show Low and Becker and you can only do that same report so many times. All the rez waters are open now and I would imagine they are all fishing well with the lack of pressure on them early this season. Time to hit it. You don’t really know if they will stay open. It all depends on the number of new virus cases that show up.
Hit it while you can
Joe and Dick Brooks came up for a few days of cooler weather and some fishing. Hit Becker first morning and landed some very nice rainbows and a couple Tigers on #16 midges.
Hit Carnero the next morning to find a bunch of floating fish in the weeds and at least a dozen boaters on the very small fishable area with two more ready to launch. Decided to go hit Becker again. With Becker being Becker, the fish did not want to play with the same midge that day and we pretty much got spanked. Not the first time…won’t be the last.
Decided to fish Show Low the final morning and she came through for us again. Landed bluegills, green sunnies, walleye, catfish and of course some nice smallies…all on the Jiggly again.
Nice to have such a versatile fishery so close to home
Show Low has been decent for some good smallies the past couple weeks, mostly fishing Jiggly’s under a bobber. Next time out I plan to try stripping some baitfish patterns.
Big still is off and on and hasn’t really turned on like past years. My theory is that the Snake River Cutt’s haven’t been planted for three years now and the numbers are way down. These cutt’s came into the shallows to spawn every Spring. They were followed in by the egg eating Rainbows in the lake, making them more available to us shallow fishing fly flingers. This happened on a much smaller scale than previous years. The Bonneville Cutt’s didn’t come in shallow (maybe spawning in deeper water?). We may have to adjust our tactics somewhat in the future.
Becker has been Becker. Good one day, off the next. The ticket has been size #18 midges but that seems to have tailed off lately. Off to new tactics again. The ant hatch has finally arrived with the Monsoons, so some good fishing should follow.
Been a rather wierd year up here with the Rez lakes closed. Luna Lake has gotten their aerators installed and fired up so hopefully it will make a difference in future years to keep the lake fishing strong later into the hotter months. Hopefully Crescent is next.