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.