Lake fishing is a popular option this time of year. Mornings and evenings are going to be most productive due to fish trying to escape the heat on the shallows during the parts of day with overhead sun. During this time of day grab the lake line and work streamers and leeches deep. You can always trail these with a chironomid or callibaetis if you're feeling frisky. Top water action has been off the chain when targeting bass with poppers of all size, shapes, and colors, especially near dawn and dusk. With the water starting to warm up and vegetation starting to show in the shallows don't be surprised to see some species revert to a little deeper water while others begin to sunbathe even more so (carp). Carp are fat, happy, hungry, and in the shallows. The local ponds have been producing some great fish and even better numbers. From Red Feather to the Delaney Buttes, the trout have really turned on to chironomids, callibaetis, and damsels.
The high alpine lakes are a constant inquiry here at St. Pete's. Joe Wright, and Chambers are fishing better with each passing day. The Delaney Buttes, Lake John, Honholz and the Laramie lakes are still fishing well. Slow stripping leeches and small buggers has been producing fish. However, it's now time to focus on your chironomid indicator rigs as the hatch is on. Don't forget to add a little bling to the rig in balanced leech or pine squirrel leech fashion.
North Park and Red Feather: Open
High Alpine: Open
The Laramie Plains Lakes: Open
Bass: Slump Buster #4, Meat Whistle #2, BH Bugger #10, ThinMint #8-10, Seal Bugger #10, Hoover Mover #4, Creek Crawler #4, Hada's Near 'Nuff Crayfish #4, Clouser Minnow #4, Micro-Poppers #8, Covert Mission #4, Pearly Popper #6, Neon Popper #6
Carp: Carp Crack #6, Hoover Mover #4, Swimming Nymph #6, Back Stabber #4, Dirty Monkey #4, Hare's Ear #14, Carpalicious #6
Trout: Leeches #10-12, Buggers #8-14, Rickards Seal Bugger #10- Wine/Black or Olive/Orange, Chirocones #14-18, Crystal Chironomids #10-14, Balanced Leech Black #10, Callibaetis #16
Pike: Barry's Pike Fly 2/0, Hare Grub #2, Roosta Fly 3/0, Flashtail Whistler 3/0
As always, call or stop by for more information.