November 7, 2017
Today’s forecast was correct. Rain, sleet, snow, [enough to cover the grass], wind, and cold temperatures . . . .
Right, perfect steelhead fishing conditions.
As of 4 p.m., stream flow was not affected by the precipitation. Keep in mind that a rain/snow mix is falling at this time.
Water is low and tea-colored from all the leaves. North wind eliminated any type of lakeshore fishing.
Fishing pressure was light today so everyone who could not be fishing missed a great day. The bite began at 7 a.m. and lasted until 11 a.m. To the delight of all who went to lunch and returned, we got another solid bite from 1-3 p.m. At that point, things tanked and most anglers called it a day. The bite start and stop was sudden - like a switch going from on then off!
From what I observed, not everyone caught fish. Anglers throwing jigs – nearly nothing. Anglers cranking metal caught next to nothing. Minnow anglers got cold hands and no fish. No report on the fly angling crowd. Anglers serving an egg sac buffet – it was hard for them to keep up with the “customer demand”.
The “run” continues. Steelhead were seen rolling along as they traveled upstream. From the looks of the Cascade, Tubes and UJ parking areas, those locations may be their first stop on their way south. I can’t say for sure – just counting cars.
For the next several months, you can expect more steelhead to enter the tributaries and migrate upstream. Only the winter freeze temporarily slows the advance.
Tomorrow the Lake City forecast is calling for 1-3” of snow with temperatures in the 30’s. If you plan to fish, be prepared for the cold and wind.