July 21, 2021
In the last week anglers experienced great summer days of fishing at HomeWaters whether they were fishing for trout or smallmouth bass.
With the warmer air and water temperatures trout fishing opportunities are best taken advantage of with 4-6 hour days that focus on the morning and early afternoon hours. Not only are the AM hours the most productive of the day, it is also much more comfortable for anglers to avoid the heat during the middle hours of the day.
Dries, Dry Dropper, and Small Nymphs continue to be the most productive methods of putting fish in the net. With it being later in July the primary bugs on the water are Small Caddis, Blue Quills, Tricos, and Terrestrials.
Over the last few weeks our weather pattern has consistently brought scattered thunderstorms across our area in the afternoons and evenings nearly everyday. This rainfall has been beneficial for Spruce, Penns, and Yellow Creek that we trout fish as well as the Juniata River for smallmouth bass floats. Our water conditions are currently slightly higher than average flows with a touch of color in the water.
This week's forecast is calling for much drier weather and most daytime high temperatures to be in the low to mid 80s. With water conditions in excellent shape for fishing this time of year, less precipitation won’t hurt and cooler temperatures should present anglers with very favorable summer fishing conditions.
Recently our smallmouth bass floats have been hot and heavy, single and double boat floats taking place nearly every day over the last week and many are scheduled in the upcoming weeks as well. The Juniata River has been fishing lights out with conditions in great shape. We've been catching strong numbers of fish each day and already have put a handful of 20" fish in the boats this summer. Anglers have been able to catch fish on whichever methods they prefer ranging from poppers on the surface, to flies and gear fished underneath.
Whether you're looking to wade a trout stream or spend a day floating the river for smallmouth bass, it's a great time to be fishing at HomeWaters!