The East Lake and West Lake are open. Water temps are coming up now that temps are more like spring. The fishing gets better every day. We expect to see Callibaetis beginning to hatch soon with water temps approaching 52 degrees. Flies: Buggers, ice cream cones, Chironomids, Clouser minnows, scuds, wire worms. Small midges on top also good midday. The water levels is very high on both Newton Lakes. Parking and launching trailers at the East Lake is difficult since the parking lots are under water at both East and West Newton.
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Hogan and Luce are fishing great now that water temps are climbing into the low 50’s. Access to Luce is from the Hogan reservoir parking lot. Please make sure you fasten the gate to prevent cattle from entering. Also, there have been sightings of grizzly bears on these lakes. Pack bear spray. Flies: Scuds, Zebra Midges, bow-tie midges, wire worms, San Juan worms, smaller bead-head Prince, pheasant tails, hare’s ears or North Fork Specials have produced. Also, small leech patterns and mid-sized streamers (#4-#12) . Midges are coming off in sizes 14 and 16.
Both Sunshine Reservoirs are open now. It is time to think spring fishing! Leech patterns are very effective when the ice leaves these lakes in the spring. Bead head nymphs stripped or slow trolled behind a kickboat or float tube also work well. Scuds if fishing the bottom are good. Midges will be out, but the cutthroat have their minds on spawning now, so don’t expect much in the way of top water dry fly or emerger action. On lower Sunshine, larger streamers are effective on the splake and tiger trout in the lake. In shallower water, leeches, scuds, bead-headed... View Article