The smelt run has started and you”ll see a flotilla of boats fishing the mouths of the streams with good runs. Don’t let that scene suck you in with the crowd. Don’t misunderstand me the smelt are there and so are some of the salmon and lakers, but many are still hugging the bottom in 40 to 70 feet of water. The water temps are only in the high 30’s and low 40’s. These temps and the early ice out conditions are bringing the smelt into the
streams and staging areas early. Remember most years the lake is still frozen at this time. Don’t be fooled by this year’s crazy weather patterns.
The Highliner has been out several trips now and we found the best fishing was still on the bottom. Pounding the bottom with christmas tree rigs still produced the best for us. I believe it will be a longer smelt run than usual this year and the Lakers will move into feed on them sometime between the 15th and 20th. We will hold off on our stick baits until then and continue to pound bottom. So far the Highliner has landed 11 Lakers and one Salmon.
Fishing will only get better.