Friday, May 27, 2016
The white bass catch has varied on this stream, according to ODNR creel survey technician John Hageman, with some anglers taking significant numbers of fish and others getting just a few. Hageman said a lot of boats have been in the river in downtown Fremont, but none of the anglers was making large hauls of white bass. The fishermen in waders are doing better than the shore casters, focusing on the deeper holes in the river as the water level has dropped. Hageman also reported bottom fishermen using worms were connecting with channel catfish.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Some sheepshead and striped bass are on the structure. More flounder are being caught. Small bluefish and large cobia are roaming the area. Sight fishermen are catching cobia and red drum. Red drum, black drum and cobia are on the shoals near the northern end of the span.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
: The smallmouth bass have not yet pushed into the shallows in huge numbers but are present in enough concentrations to keep the action busy, according to guide Spencer Berman, who makes this lake his home for much of the year. Berman said his guides are seeing a lot of big fish, which is typical for this point in the season. He said the best action has been in 9-12 feet of water and tubes are producing more fish than other lures. Anglers are reminded that the bass season on the waters of Lake St. Clair is closed through June 18, meaning all bass must be immediately released.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Eleven Mile Reservoir is open to boating. The trout are finally biting at Eleven Mile. Trolling has improved dramatically with most the action happening on the west end of the lake where the water has warmed to 50 degrees and up. Shore action has been good during random times of the day.
Fishing conditions for northern pike is fair to poor. The west end is where to be since the shallows is where the water will be warmer. Work the north shore from Stoll Mountain, all the way to Cross Creek. Stay on the shore in six to 10 feet of water. A few nice pike have been reported again this week, on Kastmasters and some tube jigs.
The dream stream is always a favorite of locals. Water temperature is in the mid 40's with a little color in the water from recent precipitation and melt. Low flows require nymphs size 18 to 22 inches in deeper pools and on the bends. Most of the spawning fish have moved back to the reservoir, but the resident trout fishing is heating up. Good reports of some very nice brown and rainbow trout this last week. Egg patt erns, black midge, San Juan worms are all suggested.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
For dry flies, use a Quigley's Hackle Stacker (20), Extended Body BWO (18), Snowshoe BWO (18), X-Caddis tan (18) and Griffith’s Gnat (16-20). For nymphs tie on a tan or pink Firebead Soft Hackle (14-16), Pheasant Tails (16-18), pink Ray Charles (18), Tim's Cranefly Larvae (8), a pink Power Pupae (14) and pink or purple San Juan Worm. Streamers to use include natural Slumpbuster (8), copper Sparkle Minnow, all colors Rohmer’s CH Streamer, white Conehead Bow River Bugger, brown beadhead New Age Bugger and olive, yellow Beldar’s Rubber Legs.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Yakima River – Anglers were primarily fishing for smallmouth bass with a few anglers targeting channel catfish. The 41 bass anglers interviewed had harvested 362 fish and released 13, averaging 4.4 bass per hour. From May 1 through May 8 an estimated 6,721 were harvested in the lower river. Bank angling for channel catfish during the daylight was slow with only 7 fish reported from all anglers combined.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Stream flow below Elephant Butte as of Monday morning was 1,120 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using sassy shad, green and chartreuse curly tail grubs and minnows for walleye and a few small smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using night crawlers and liver for catfish. Fishing in the Leesburg State Park area was very good using beef liver and plastics for channel catfish.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The lake is 52 degrees and boat anglers have had success fishing near Goose Island using jigs and spinners for walleye. Boat anglers have also done well on the north side of the Darby Arm casting shad lures for walleye. A few wipers have started to come out near Darby Point. Shore fishermen have had minor success for catfish at night off the West Trailhead and the swim beach overflow parking area using shrimp and mussels. A few walleye were caught from shore in the Elks Bay across from the boat inspection station. Fishermen have been more successful in the morning and late evening when the fish are near the surface in shallower waters.