They just need a little heat to hit the beds. Jigs, crankbaits, and soft plastic baits are good choices for catching smallmouth bass (soft plastics cannot be used in the Blue Ribbon Trout Area). Some bass are on the bank in the evening on steep river channel banks. Sunfish. There is a lot of pollen in the water on wind blown banks. There is still a topwater bite most mornings early for both bass and red meat fish. Crappie fishing was fair and then the water cooled and they came back to the brush and it got good again. Share via email. They will come up shallow as the water cools in the evening but now set your slip float at 7-8 feet right over the brush. With the cooler water temperature the bass are holding in these areas. The surface temperature is 74 and is not changing much. Be carefull out there on the river. Temperate bass are biting better and several are coming in. It is time. They will not stay alive in a well now. The lake in general is in excellent condition and the fishing is pretty good. Look for shad with broken schools and not just blobs. Go back in the creeks and fish the old shoreline. We like Bass masters. A lot of smaller fish are being caught of all speces. This is a good time to catch some good bass and many are holding crawdads. There are shad just outside brush in deeper water but I am not catching much off them. We know where the fish are and will help you. Throw lines are still catching some mixed cats baited with perch. Leaves more crappie, walleye and catfish for me and the trophy pond. Bluegill have spawned and have moved to cover. Reserve your guide now and enjoy the solitude and superb fly fishing found on the East side of Yellowstone! Bass fishing is fair and some good ones in the 3-lb. Not very many but the ones that I am getting are good ones in the 3-4 lb. The main lake surface temperature bumps 60 when the sun comes out but it is just in the 50's for ambient temperature today so it will not rise today. I am starting to try prepared bait but flat heads will not bite anything that is not alive and that is what I really want. This is an exciting time to fish Norfork and Blackburns resort will not charge you too much. We will not charge you too much. A few White Bass are finally showing up. They are coming up all over just before dark. For some reason flukes work better than assassins  on this lake for bass. We even offer scenic tours and customized excursions! Learn how to use the spook properly and it will draw them up even when they are several feet below the surface. View Fishing Report from There are a few bass coming up at sunrise but not too many. The top water bass are mostly small. Spooning is the best technique now for walleye and crappie but some bass are caught on the shelves on wind blown steep banks beating the shore. If I could choose a permanent lake level it would be where we are right now. You can always phone us for up to the minute fishing conditions and reports. Kenny Priest operates Fishing the North Coast, a fishing guide service out of Humboldt specializing in salmon and steelhead. With colder temperatures look for midges and baetis to come off in the afternoon. Go to their normal places and watch for them but if they do not come up you can still call them up with a spook if you can work it properly. The lake level is 573.79 and is dropping very slowly with increased generation. 1-800-635-0526, The lake level has been dropping and is below 548. Many fish are spawning with most of the larger crappie and bass spawned out and some smaller ones still staging and some guarding beds. Share: (All Photos By Trevor Brown) Check out these images from our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School that was held this weekend at the Rowdy Trout Ranch, located on the North Fork of the South Platte River. I am concerned about the numbers of large stripers with the summer kill. We need the lake to drop about 5-feet for launching and parking to be less congested with the increased summer boat traffic. Use of bait allowed April 22 – Oct 31, but beginning Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. This reservoir has two boat ramps, boat moorage, 50 campsites, picnic areas, boat rentals, grocery story, fueling station, and ADA-accessible fishing platforms. It has been the same for weeks. A few stripers and hybrids are also on the old shoreline. Crappie are starting to bite on brush with a slip float and minnow but are also moving with the wind and bass are still hitting a single spin and crank baits in the creeks. 25-27 feet of water near the bottom on or near structure. They are changing the law to eliminate the 20-inch minimum for stripers in the summer. The surface temperature is 73-74 degrees. We have been fishing in Southold, North Fork, Long Island and adjacent waters for over 30 years and our boat is conveniently located on Jockey Creek. 17-20 feet is best overall. Trolling an umbrella is working the best with jigging spoons next. The surface temperature is still in the mid 50's and does not want to rise. This does not always happen in the fall but always happens in the spring. The walleye bite is also slow with just a few being caught in open water on shad with the temperate bass. Current Flow. I have no luck with spoons after dark. Some of the roads leading into the North Fork will be very icy, but if you are able to fish it, streamers and nymphs are your best bet in the cold water. STAY UP TO DATE. Blackburns resort and Boat Rental has some openings for this week and would appreciate your business. The weekly fishing report, compiled by Western Outdoor News, highlights the best angling opportunities in the north state. Some bass are biting during the day on rattletraps on cloudy days. Some big bass are with the red meat fish, some are on the bank spawning, some are making nests and some are finished. Most of the rain has gone north of us but is still in the Norfork lake watershed. The surface water temperature was 83 degrees and the lake was stained green when I went fishing yesterday afternoon. A trout permit is required. I got a nice striper on a main lake point in 30-feet of water on brush. We will not charge you too much. It rained a bit last night but it is to get in the 80's this weekend. Walleye are on main lake points in 23-30 ft. of water near the bottom with smaller ones suspended in 50-ft. about 30-ft. down. Fishing in general is pretty good but not great. For you smallmouth bass fishermen this is the time. Go back in the creeks, work the old shoreline with a swim bait, creature bait or three inch worm. I am catching some good fish everyday but it is not easy. The lake level is 569.85 and still rising a little with little generation. It is not susposed to freeze after tonight for the next week. I am not seeing very many brought in but some. All launch ramps, parking lots and roads are open again and in good shape again. Please release as many fish as possible this spring during spawn season. Catfish are biting on jugs and limb lines and bluegill are biting on crickets off docks. The banks are largely free of trees and obstructions that can grab hold of your fly. Fishing has been slow due to water temps. Fish are very fat overall. North fork Clearwater Subscribe to Receive Fishing Report Updates Rating - Good Some of the roads leading into the North Fork will be very icy, but if you are able to fish it, streamers and nymphs are your best bet in the cold water. Float Creek, Fall Creek and Panther Creek water all remained a good color for fishing.The surface temperature is still in the mid to high 50's on the main lake and gets much warmer on sunny warm days in the backs of creeks in shallow water. Spooning is best when the fish go down. I like those big fat Kentucky Bass and 15-17 inch crappie and throw in a Walleye or two. Many bait fish, mostly bass and bluegill have moved to cover at all depths. The Blue Quill Angler has guides on the South Platte, Blue, Colorado, William's Fork and North Fork of the South Platte several times a week. You can stay on them easier vertical jigging a spoon. The fish are not in any special pattern and everything is changing as it always does in October. I should and usually do catch walleye this time of year but the nombers and size are low but an occasional big one is showing up. At times, the river can have large amounts of ice present at the surface preventing lures from breaching the surface of … A lot of white bass, bass and a few hybrids are hanging out together with an occassional striper and walleye on shad in 35-40 ft. of water suspended. Now very few brush piles are holding fish where they were thick on them last week. We are catching fish everyday. There were no stripers or hybrids stocked this year by Game And Fish due to Covid so what you see is what you get for several years. Hand Cove Resort is central to what has become some of the best fishing grounds of Norfork Lake. I am catching them from 2-4 lbs. Grub fishing was pretty good but has stopped now. Work it with a swim bait and it is hard to tell what you will catch. Some of Blackburns Brush piles are coming into play and will be just right soon. You can get a 1-bedroom cabin for $53/ day  and a free boat stall. Good weather, good fishing and low prices. They are schooled in 150 feet of water 35-40 feet down in the middle of the lake and there is no oxygen deeper than 45 feet. We were dry and a lot sunk in. This is the time to get your zara spooks for stripers and spitin image for bass and be out there before sunrise and again in the evening and walk that dog. Same with Kentucky and Largemouth. Some are being caught north of Red Bank but are small (in the 5-8-lb. July 2019 May 2018 April 2018 July 2017. There is a lot of bait fish out there and many schools of shad are holding no predator fish. The North Fork of the Shoshone is rated as one of the best freestone rivers in the northern Rocky Mtn West. The lake level is 559+ and the surface temperature was 58.4 last evening. Mostly bass, crappie and bluegill. The top water bite at sunrise and the night bite for stripers on the bank on a stick bait are right around the corner. The lake level is 553.36 and rising with no generation. Crappie fishing has been good to me with many fish in the 11-13 inch range. We have the best set up around. They are getting several catfish but I do not hunt them very much preferring walleye and crappie. 1-800-635-0526, Brian Deardoff with 2 of 20 caught yesterday, Fishing had slowed dramatically after the cold weather and snow but is picking up now. The thermocline has dropped to about 27 feet with pretty clear water to there and a mud line from there to about 31feet. I hope so we do not want to lose our big striper. They are not jumping in the boat but you can catch some if you work at it. You can see your lure down about 6-7 feet on the main lake. Bass are there too as are about everything else. People are taking advantage of Blackburns Resort's low cabin prices as well as the selection of 30-rental boats and we are very busy. Fall foliage peak is coming the last of the month and we received 1-1/2 inches of rain this week to help everything out. The lake level is 553 and dropping very slowly with just a little generation. I am fishing brush piles and 25-ft. seems to be the best depth. Find out where the action is, what the water conditions are and everything you need for a successful day on the water! View Fishing Report from The roadways are the best. Crappie fishing is slow with a few males starting to move into the creeks shallow. I use a 1-ounce Bink's Many Shad. Game fish are having no trouble finding food. I am using a spook puppy and a spitin image. We received a little over 1/2 inch of rain this week and it helped but we are very dry. The creeks are not very clear with a visibility of about 7-feet down but the main lake is pretty clear down to the mud line and then pretty good again in the cold water below the thermocline. Skip to content 631.765.9029 There will be a lot of fish at about 16-20 feet soon. North Fork Anglers is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 6 pm. Brush permits are being issued by the Corps of Engineers at 9:AM January 14th at their office. As fly fishing guides, our favorite private water spots along this river and quite possibly the state are by far Boxwood gulch and Long Meadow Ranch. A trout permit is required. You can drive or walk to the dock and step right on. In the morning before the hatch look for nymphing to be the most productive. 101 Grocery and Bait’s Fishing Report. We have no duplexes and all cabins are individual so you can social distance. Walleye are getting a little more difficult to catch. All cabins have covered porches and we have no duplexes. In addition to … I looked for walleye on the flats around the Islands but could not catch any. Crappie and big bluegill are over the brush and the bass are in or just around it near the bottom. Some walleye are in front of brush shallow (14-ft.) in the evening and are hitting spoons. People are getting stripers up-river near the border on shad and hybrids and white bass are moving into Blackburns Creeks area on spoons. Walleye, bass and crappie are all in the same place. It was very warm yesterday and approached 80 degrees and the main lake surface temperature is in the low 50's with the creeks being warmer. Some crappie are on brush in 25-ft. of water shallow and some are still in open water on shad. Take the middle of the day off unless it is cloudy then fish a creature bait like a 3-inch plastic crawdad with a 3/16th jig head in the creeks. Smallmouth Bass River Fishing Forecast The most sought after sportfish in the North Fork Shenandoah River is the smallmouth bass. Spoons are the best for the deeper water and shakey head plastic worms for the rest. They always seem to come up just out of reach. There is no thermocline yet and there is no reason for the fish to be at any particular depth. The lake level is rising and has now hit 560. Fisheries biologists consider a catch rate … range. Over 30-ft. is producing almost nothing for me. The fish seem to be shallower early and then move out to deeper water. Check back frequently for the latest area fishing reports for: Southold, North Fork, Long Island, Peconic Bay, Plum Gut, Orient Point, Greenport & Eastern Long Island. The lake is clearing nicely and is a perfect color in Blackburns area for fishing. The corps of engineers are now predicting the lake will be at about 555 by October 24th. Some years the stripers go to the banks to feed near the full moon after dark but not always. This is an exciting part of the year. Our big pool is open and ready for you to enjoy. East pigeon and middle pigeon are good places to start. Most big fish this time of year are still in open water on shad but some are on brush at or near the thermocline which is at or just above 29-feet. We were dry. Middle Fork of the Flathead River Fishing Report. You cannot count on it. I have been fishing for about 3-hours everyday and am putting from 8-11 keeper fish of all kinds in the trophy pond. You have to look hard to find feeding fish. They are on most good brush piles and at different depths. The Fishing. The banks are largely free of trees and obstructions that can grab hold of your fly. They too are usually scarce during and just after hunting season. Billie Springer and his crew just left and did well on walleye, stripers and hybrids. The big ones are being caught on south facing main lake channels with steep banks on grubs and crank baits. They are where they always are in May before the thermocline is formed and will be right at the thermocline later. The debri on the main lake is almost gone and the main lake is clearing faster than the creeks. We are located on the Big Creek arm of the lake, about two miles east of the Norfork Lake Dam. It is susposed to cool this weekend. The lake in general is in very good condition for fishing. We had a couple of cold windy days but the last few have been in the 60's with light winds. The rain has muddied up the water on main lake points as well as the creeks and the visibility, which was good to 25 feet is gone. This looks to be a typical year now with the water level finally going down and the surface temperature about normal. White bass are easily caught on top most every morning with Hybrids next and then stripers. There are many very small shad and bass that have recently hatched in this area. Share on Twitter. Most any offering of artificial or natural bait should entice a hungry largemouth. All species are together. Come on down to Blackburns. There are big schools of open water fish on shad out there about 25-ft. down but it is hard to get them to feed. Our summer rates do not start until Memorial day and we do not raise ours until then and have only two tier pricing. In the morning before the hatch look for nymphing to be the most productive. What I use depends on the wind. Smallmouth bass fishing is getting good. The ones that are not on shad have moved off the deep brush so find several brush piles at 20-25 feet deep and work them. Top water bite will start when the shad have spawned and that should have happened April 15th. Temperate bass fishing has been disappointing with no night bite this fall. Some stripers have gone deeper in 55-60 feet and can be caught on the spoon. Share on Facebook. Do not count on what the fish usually do for this time of year because the flood really changed things up. He is catching walleye at the mouths and part way back in the creeks in 32-34 feet of water on the spoon. Sooner or later you will catch fish if you go through enough schools. We received 5-inches of rain in March and the average is 4. The ones being caught are left overs from the summer and you can catch out a brush pile easily. Everytime I think it is clearing a bit it stains again. There are many small fish with hundreds of them and white bass about 8-inches long. The lake in general is in excellent condition for both fishing and boating. 12/11/20. I have several good bass fishermen in and they are working hard for keeper fish. It has been and is susposed to remain very hot for several days and the middle of the day fishing is poor. The shad have spawned and are flitting around everwhere. The 1/8th and 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon is working for about everything down to about 30-feet and then I change to the 1/2 ounce. The stripers and hybrids are in their normal places for this time of year but are not as deep as usual. The white bass are biting in the creeks but are small. What a difference a few miles can make. On behalf of the entire staff here at The Fisherman, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our loyal readers and your families a happy and healthy Holiday Season. I bet the Bass Masters will catch them next week. It is slow warming this year. I am catching some big fish everyday. That is not the only bite. Smallmouth bass are on the river channel banks just off the bank as are warmouth. The best bite now is white bass and crappie. Take a safe boating course and get your Washington boat license to increase your fishing success. Fishing is not great but you can catch some good ones working where you can get your lure or bait close to the shore. I only use the heavier ones in deep water. Bass numbers are also high with many small fish being caught but several big ones too. The north fork of the South Platte has been fishing great lately, both on public stretches at the confluence near Foxton Road and on our private stretches at Boxwood Gulch. Fishing has been slow due to water temps. Northwest Fishing Reports follows the adventures of Aaron Borg, Mike Carey, and Rob Holman as they fish with experts and anglers around the Pacific Northwest for everything that swims! The surface temperature is 85 degrees and rising. The lake in general is in good condition but there are still a few logs floating on the main lake. Surface water temperature is 56 degrees on the main lake and 58 back in the creeks in shallow water. I am going to put in a trot line for catfish today. Check prices and watch for price increases in the spring and then call us. Most of the fish including bait fish are near the old shore line just above and around the buckbrush. It is good to just be outside and if you have already winterized your boat, come on down we have one for you. There are a lot of fish in this lake and it is being managed very well. Some are also in Bennets around point 1-D near Walkers entrance and Talbot and in the back of float creek. Their two day total was just over 26 lbs. I am getting a lot of bites on the drop. November looks to be good. This is a typical November and overall fishing is fair with crappie, bass and bluegill being the best bite followed by walleye and catfish. The creeks are stained just a bit and the main lake is clear. There are a lot of shad and finding them does not necessarily mean fish are under them. Spoons will be the bait of choice for a while during the day and stick baits at night. It is either feast ot famine with a lot of schools of shad not holding fish. It should be 553.75 and the top of the flood pool is 580. Some good stripers are west of the bridge and east of Cow point in about 50-feet of water. Use a jerk bait early and switch to a 3-inch worm and a spinner bait a little after sunrise for about everything. Just about every bait is working for something, just look for the shad being pushed up to the top. Overall fishing is fair but some nice ones are being caught everyday. The White River Norfork Tailwaters Dry Run Creek Crooked Creek Water Release. NF CDA - North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 11 hour ago; Hatches. Walleye have ghosted me for a month. Finesse worms and smaller creature baits are working. Flathead catfish have moved part way into the creeks and are biting on jugs and trotlines with live bait. It is too early for a night bite but that is determined by the lake turnover. Learning to catch fish after they go down is the secret. It will get better and better as we get deeper in April and start tapering off the end of May. You can still get a cabin at Blackburns for $75/day for two people and we have 11 pontoons for you to rent at low prices. They are all over the lake depending on which way the wind has been prevailing. If you know where there is brush at less than 40-feet crappie will be there. Just a few big stripers are being caught and the white bass are small. Ice is beginning to take over the river. Pat Dorsey's fly fishing report is generated from many of the Blue Quill Angler's veteran guides who frequently visit these rivers on a regular basis. Things should get a lot better as the top water bite begins in earnest. The Bink's spoon is the preferred lure vertically jigging it. Open water fish are hitting the spoon in 50-70 ft. of water with some suspended and some on the bottom. if you have already winterized you boat we have rental boats available at a good price. Some places close for the winter but Blackburns is open all year. Scuba diving is getting better as far as visibility is concerned but fish always get a little scarce this time of year until the crappie move in. The people fishing the night tournaments are doing well for bass on salt craws. The lake level is stable at 554.50 and in general is in excellent condition for fishing with a good color and a surface temperature of 56+ degrees. It just gives us more capacity for the spring rains and lets us fish in a smaller bowl. Bink reports that the rain had little effect except the level rose a few inches in the dam area. A few walleye are coming in but most are also small. Your first boat stall is free with cabin rental. i do not chase the open water fish in the winter much but a lot of people do. Basically the fish are on the old shoreline in the cover part way back in the creeks. I am catching walleye on brush at about 20-feet on main lake points and some big bluegill but few large crappie. The surface temperature is about 80. I am very sorry about the striper kill down by the dam but the ones in this area are looking healthy but a little thin. Set your slip float for crappie about 3-feet deeper than you can see the minnow. There is a top water bite most days early but not every day. They are biting best at and after sunset. Crappie are in their normal places for the end of September and have not moved from the open water for the fall yet. Most of the fish are on the old shoreline in cover. NF CDA - North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 11 hour ago; Hatches. They have been dropping the lake about 1-inch per day with generation less than 1/2 the time. 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