I like everyone else have been cooped up in the house, wondering if we are going to be able to get out for the 2020 Trout season opener. Before PG&E closed Baum Lake we were having decent winter fishing on the lake. Although the wind played a major role in making the fishing challenging, we managed to land some of the biggest fish I have seen out there in years. With yours truly taking a brown trout in the 8lb range and measuring out to 25inches. Even though the catch rate was down a little compared to what it has been in the last few years. The size of the fish we caught definitely made up for the lack of numbers.
Moving forward to this summer I see no reason why we should not have good fishing on the waters in the north state. I have been out on Fall River multiple times this spring and conditions so far have been real good. Lots of fish up on the spawn and many fish waiting to get their chance to move up as others complete their spawn and move out.
Rods are ready, lines are cleaned and I even put new carpet in my boat. The river is down a little but that’s not going to make a big difference, as it will raise a little when the weeds start to fill in. The winter up here at this point has been mild to easy, so I do not expect to see any muddy water over on the Pit River. I took a drive over to the McCloud the other day, and they still have not made any effort to fix the land slide on the road going past the dam.
So now let’s address the white elephant in the room. This year I will be wearing a face mask while guiding. I encourage you to do the same. I will be spraying my boat down with a disinfectant after each trip. As with everyone else this whole virus has hit my business pretty hard with cancelations. Depending on when they lift the lockdown I am expecting to see things pick up. So if you are looking to book a mid to late summer trip you should book soon to take advantage of openings that are available. If this weather holds and I think it will, May should be a real enjoyable time to fish. There are plenty of openings in May, and that is a good time for leaches. As always if you have any questions give me a call or drop me an email.