Well it’s been a chilly spring to say the least and we are finally seeing some summer-like weather being predicted for the next week or so. Surface temps are still struggling to stay in the fifties in many areas on the lake, and this has prolonged the typical “spring fishing” that we consider to be HOT or NOT. April and may can treat us with some awesome warm spells that really tend to turn things on, or it can mean harsh cold fronts with brisk North winds that can make for a tough bite.
The smelt run this year was sporadic and depending on who you talked to it didn’t happen like usual or they were running thick! Smelt are a critical food source to many predators in the lake and keeping tabs on their whereabouts is critical to early spring success. And don’t forget about the newly hatched fry of the year which should be emerging shortly. They will be enjoyed by hungry lake trout, salmon, bass, perch and just about anything else that swims in the lake that is bigger than they are. Pay close attention to “matching the hatch” during this time period and with swarms of smelt fry around presentations with a smaller and more slender profile may be the ticket.
The other interesting thing about a cold spring is the fact that the entire lake is virtually the same temperature, meaning the Lake Trout and Salmon are free to roam just about anywhere they find food. You will find bait on bottom at this time of year, but you will also find bait on the surface! We know that if you find the bait you will usually find the fish right? The best plan is to work at staying with a food source and thinking about all the necessary variables at hand to try and predict the best way to approach the day. You will find fish in the weeds, on bottom and suspended everywhere in between-this you can count on. So basically anywhere!
We have had some great days so far this spring and boated a few Lake Trout over ten pounds and one approaching fifteen. The Salmon action has been decent when targeting them and we feel that once we start to see the water warm up a bit things will really start to take off. Ice-out is usually hot for a week or two and then slows down until the lake warms up. This is the transitional phase that seems to be taking longer than usual this year and with some 80 degree days in the forecast for this weekend I have high hopes.
We will keep you posted on the action as we continue to pursue our passion for fishing on one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. Check us out at Justy-Joe Sportfishing Charters to book a trip with an experienced Captain for a light-tackle fishing experience you’ll never forget. Fish On!