Each of the last 6 days on the water have produced big browns. Fish in the 20-22 inch length are becoming a regularity. Sunday the 23rd clients landed 7 fish over 18Ē out of the 20 fish landed. The days are getting shorter and the water temp is dropping to the lower 60s. All good signs for an epic fall. Water depths are really low, so be careful if you are considering running out to McGee Bay. The islands are marked with bouys but can be tough to see. Safe route is to hug the lifeguard point side and head toward Sandy Point. I have been fishing the 6 Bays area and the North Landing area with success putting lures around 4 feet from the bottom. Best lures continue to be the Tasmanians with yellow wings, the bloody ripper, and frog patterns. For fun you can go outside the float tubers and midgers at the north end and the catching can be instant putting lures down about 4 feet in the 7-9 foot water. Donít go too light with leaders as there are some bruisers in there too. It is hard to beat Maxima 8#. It is time to get up here and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year.
I've been out for 4 of the last 6 days and can report that the fishing is up and down almost each day. The first sign of the bigger browns is beginning to happen in the six bays and north landing areas. I hit a 2" hookjaw at 6 bays and lost several big fish in the last couple of days. This is not constant action trolling but a good sign. For more constant action you need to be just outside the midgers at either the north end off green banks or in mcgee. I have gone back to ripping Rapalas or the Tasmanians for tactics but almost any offering will work in the shallows for the rainbows. Troll the 6-9 foot water with offerings in the 4-5 foot depth and the catching can be non stop. Lots of these fish are small and need to be fought quickly and released carefully for future days. Use rubber nets and pinch barbs completely. This should be an interesting fall with most of the weed beds gone to the dropping water level and not as much cover for the small fish and perch fry.
Not unlike Mickey's fly report the fishing goes up and down depending on the day. One day it is on fire up at the North End and then it completely stops. Next day it is on fire in Mcgee Bay then it turns off. This is trolling just outside the guys midging in the shallow water. The lake is still in August mode with 67-70 degree water on the top and the rush toward the Owens and the North end has not started. Mother Nature has not cooperated except for shorter daylight. We need a cold spell. In the meantime the best trolling action is shallow outside the creekmouths. They will hit most any offering with small size 7 and 9 floating Rapalas, the small Tasmanians and the Arctic Fox trolling flies among the best. There are some bruisers mixed in with the small fish and mostly rainbows for me. We just need to be patient and maybe a couple prayers for some cold weather because some of the best fishing of the year is still in front of us. I will be checking the lake constantly in the next few weeks and will let you know when to get up here. If you like trolling for the perch now is the time with the North Landing area the best area.
For the last week the trolling has really been on the tough side. Early and late seems to be the way to go. The fish are concentrating on the cool water inlets. Try outside the guys midging both at the north end and out in McGee. For lures I have been successful with size 9 floating Rapalas, the small Tasmanians and the Arctic Fox trolling flies. Water depths to try are the 11-15 foot zones in both areas with the lures down as close to the bottom as you can. Another option for you trollers are the perch. They are suspended over the deep water all over the lake especially from Alligator Point towards North Landing, also over off the Chalk Cilffs. They are down around 15 feet and will hit various small offerings . Your boat speed needs to be sloooow. It wonít be long now before we start to get some cooling and shorter days and our turn to get back into the famous Crowley fish is coming. Sept and Oct is my favorite time on the lake with only our flyfishing friends to share the lake with.
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