Trying to piece together decent information for a meaningful fishing report has been very challenging. The declining river flows are helping the fishing immeasurably.
The Upper Namekagon is slowly dropping (330 cfs) and the trout fishing is picking up. Water temps are nice and cool and the hatches have been pretty consistent. Wading the river has been very challenging and caution must be exercised. The trout are finally starting to rise for hatching bugs and they have choices–caddis hatches have been very good and March Browns are appearing daily. Dragonflies are hatching and the Brown Drakes are just around the corner. Gray Drakes (kind of a sneaky insect) are out and about and especially in the evening.
Bass fishing has been good (not great, yet) over the past several days and we are seeing some big girls daily. The Minnow Bite is ON! The rivers are still a bit high for meaningful crayfish activity, but minnow patterns of choice are working great.
Pike and musky fishing has actually been very good. As you might expect, there are no particular fly patterns that have been hot. Frog and tadpole patterns, minnow patterns and various top water patterns have all produced. As spawning season draws to a close, the fishing will just get better as the month progresses. Water levels will slowly subside and make for great fishing.
The crappie fishing has been terrific as they have been in the shallow (2-3 ft.) water and the bite has been great. Choice of pattern has not been an issue as many patterns have been working. Small woolly buggers and dark nymphs are the best. The bluegills are just starting to move in to the shallow areas and fishing should pick up dramatically in the next few days.
The shop is full up with new flies as well as the old standards. If you’re looking to add to your arsenal of equipment, now is the time, as the shop is plump with new gear for the season.
Come by and see us and talk a little fishing…