May 11, 2022
Last week capped off our spring smallmouth float trip season with another excellent week of pre-spawn fishing. This year we had very good conditions throughout the 3 week period that allowed anglers to have equal opportunities to catch fish on big streamers as well as spinning gear. We caught plenty of fish each day, and as usual for the spring pre-spawn season, we saw many larger than average-sized fish find the net. We will be giving the bass a break for the remainder of the spring while they are spawning, and start float trips again at the end of June for our summer smallmouth season.
Most of the rain last week ended up pushing great fishing conditions along throughout the week. Towards the beginning of the week we had anglers in the rafts floating for wild trout trips on the Little J and experienced the start of Sulphurs. The rainy weather for most of the week was also very good for trout fishing on Spruce, Yellow, and Penns Creek.
While we survived through most of the rain last week, Friday into Saturday we received an additional blast of rain for almost 48 hours straight. This caused all of our watersheds to blow out over the weekend but we were able to start fishing again on Monday. Water levels now are currently off color and still much higher than average but levels are dropping and clearing by the day.
This week's forecast calls for a warming trend of really nice weather to spend a day on the water as most daytime high temperatures will be in the 60's and 70's. The majority of this week looks to be dry with sunny or partly cloudy skies as there is no chance of rain in the forecast again until the beginning of next week.
Nymphs and streamers will continue to be the best bet for producing fish with the higher water around. However, Tan Caddis and Sulphurs were trickling off of Spruce Creek most of the day on Monday, so as soon as water conditions settle down this week there could be dry fly opportunities in play.
It's no secret that the month of May is an excellent month of the year to be a trout fisherman. Between comfortable spring weather and major spring hatches there are plenty of reasons to spend a day on the water. With the big rain event last weekend we are currently set up with water conditions that should carry us through May in great shape.
With all the extra water if anyone is interested in spending another day floating the Little J for wild trout we should have favorable conditions for the foreseeable future. Whether you are spending a day on Spruce, Penns, or Yellow Creek we expect the fishing to be very good in the upcoming weeks. Come fish!