Conditions have remained difficult since the last report. We've had everything but a plague. We've had massive bug hatches. Thunderstorms. We even had a dusting of snow. We had the joy of several days of pretty significant cold wind blowing across the lake. All of it together added up to close to unfishable conditions. The fish just disappeared. We've been pulling low numbers and being happy to catch them. A couple of fish in the day are bringing smiles. Our boat, the Olivia Lynn did have one 10 fish day last week, but it was quickly followed up by twos and threes and even a couple of zero's to add to the list of accomplishments. Despite the wind, water quality remains good. You can see through the water column beyond eleven feet. Today my temperature gauge says we had a high of 62 degrees. The temperature is forecast to increase as the week progresses. We should have a welcomed busy Memorial weekend. I'm sure everyone is looking forward to getting out. Surface water has been fluctuating around 56 degrees. The fish are scattered all over the lake, predominantly on the west side of the peninsula. Trolling fast has become the only slightly reliable method to produce a few rainbows. Speedy shiners in red and gold, red dot frog, and silver with blue trolled at somewhat less than 3mph have been towing trout to the net. There has been spotty success pulling Arctic Fox trolling flies behind a wiggle disc at about 2mph. I've been landing fish on bright orange and rainbow trout colors. Fish are on the graph regularly around 30'. I can't seem to land any there. Most of the fish have been biting at half that. It's a perfect bite for the angler who doesn't want to rise early. The fish come in slowly throughout the day and the bite doesn't seem to get any better than around 9am to noon.
I'm looking forward to the week ahead. I believe the bite is going to be improving. The weather forecast looks great. I expect an influx of vacationing people bringing smiles and good times to this beautiful lake. Please have patience and practice understanding. We'll see you on the water.