March has been a roller coaster of a month. Sun to snow, we've had it all and it doesn't look like it will change anytime soon. Giving us all sorts of weather conditions to fish in. Some incredibly good, and some incredibly slow days on the water. We are in a limbo period between our late winter, keeping water temps lower than usual. A lot of schools of fish are wanting to push into the warmer flats, and with the right conditions, they have been.
With the aging of older year classes, the number of large fish being caught all over the lake is proof that the lake is on a healthy uphill climb. It started of slow but this year is really turning out to be another great year for 10+ pound trophy fish. Multiple fish over 20 pounds are being caught every week. The fishing is good and from what we are experincing currently, it will only get better. The reason for this again, is that the water still needs to warm up to reach peak fishing in the prime temperatures in the 53 – 57 degree range. Water temps are currently in the high 40's and its's shaping up to be a great April. This is good news, if the water takes longer through the year to warm up the longer the fishing season will last. It's time to get out to the lake, that's a fact. But if you can't make it now, don't fret. The peak season is just around the corner but isn't quite here. Which is an excellent indication to a long and fun season.
Let's talk techniques for this time of year. Fishing close to the shallower ledges will be most effective. Especially in low light conditions. You might not be able to see them, but they are there. Indicator and floating line without an indicator can be lethal in march. Chironomids and nymphs in variations of black, red, and wine will produce. Change patterns to find out what the cutthroat will be choosing that day. We have had some days this month where they have been very picky.
Stripping has been slow one day and hot the next. Never a bad idea to start stripping early morning in lower light to see if anything wants to play. As always, the Dougs Popcorn Beetle and Mike Sextons Boobies have been the better patterns in the floating/sinking fly combos. Both floating line and sinking line techniques are great for this time of year and have fun fishing your favorite style.
The morning and late afternoon/evening have been our more consistent bite times. The mid-day bite is also staying more consistent. Having your flies in the water as much as possible will put you in front of that big fishes face. Putting in the time pays off. Now get out and catch that monster Lahontan
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