Date Posted: April 3, 2013
The spring weather is upon us here in Western Wyoming and the fishing is starting to pick up. Water temps are on the rise and ice is breaking up along the river banks and bends. Our lakes and local ponds are still solid and will stay there for a few more weeks, but the rivers and small streams are fishable. The weather forecast looks promising for the next few weeks here and we should see water temps start to get above 40 degrees soon. This means more bugs on the water and more fish moving around and starting to relocate from their deep dark winter hide outs. In our local rivers, fish seem to migrate depending upon seasons, water levels, and water temps. Early in the season you mostly likely will find fish stacking up in deeper, slower moving water, where food is abundant and little energy is needed to hold. The summer is fast approaching and some great fishing will take place between then and now. Don’t wait till mid July before breaking out the fly rod and casting on a wyoming water flow! Beat the crowds and come see what fishing the pre-run-off is all about, it is one of the biggest and best kept secrets among trout bums!
Over the past weekend our weather turned right-side up and the old drift boat got pulled out of winter storage for the first float trip of the year. Late March seems to always drag me to the rivers open water in search of hungry trout and hoping to dust off the winter blues. We had great fishing action all week last week and even had to bust out the ol’ sunscreen, which is a plus! Fishing this pre-run-off season is a mixed bag of realities. The fishing can be hit or miss and the weather can change quickly. We managed to net a few nice fish, but more importantly we were just out fishing the river in MARCH! With the winters snow-pack levels and the dry spring we are having, the best fishing this summer may be June– with August being a limited due to water levels. I hope to see you this summer with the Lodge at Jackson Fork for some great fishing. Book soon as things are really filling up for the summer. Till next time, Reel um IN! Eric Oram