One month ago, the record for the heaviest recorded fish in state history went, “timber.” This week, another record nearly dropped.
Overall, not a lot has changed in the state-wide fishing scene since last week. With this weekend’s new moon, nighttime crappie fishing with lights should be effective, and striper fishing is picking up in fisheries such as Lake Pleasant. In the high country, trout stockings are in full swing and all the rim lakes and streams are open. Many anglers are limiting out in a matter of hours using Power baits, salmon eggs and small size-0 spinners.
All the high country lakes are open, and not only that, get ready -- there’s hardly a better way to catch a fish than to watch it explode on the water on a chugger or popper or stick bait. The top-water bite, in many fisheries, is either a week away, or has arrived. At most desert lakes, where water temperatures are sneaking into the 70s, the best top-water action will be early in the morning. Unfortunately, many bass haven’t sufficiently recovered from their spawning process to be in an aggressive feeding mood.
A triple-digit weekend prediction is as good a time as any to prepare for those trips to the high country. Pine-scented, refreshing trout trips will be popular, and traces of snow will serve as a final reminder of winter, or maybe a friendly snow ball fight.
The good news is highways 273 and 261 are open -- time to fish Big Lake.
But more on that later, because the great news is state history was
made last weekend. By a man nicknamed "Flathead Ed."