Fishing Report August 19, 2018
Crowley has really slowed down this past week.
The HOT weather,
and low flows of ice cold McGee Creek water has
caused a lot of
fish to leave McGee Bay earlier than normal.
You can still catch
fish early in the morning from the creek channels,
but it seems
to shut down around 9:00 or 9:30 every
morning. After that, you
can usually pick up a few more fish near the edges
of the weed beds.
With the shorter days, the water is actually
starting to cool down.
Morning water temps have been around 68, but go into
the low 70ís
by mid day. The cooler water temps have
triggered a small algae
bloom, but it has not been a problem at all.
We have been catching
fish in McGee on all the usual flies. Small
Copper Tigers, Small
Albinos on the bottom. On top, a gray fly, or
some kind of perch
pattern. The fish are starting to show up in
the North Arm, mostly
in the Owens River creek channels. The
channels up here are
surrounded by very thick weeds. So, put the 5X
away, and rig up
with 4x so that you can stop the big ones from going
into the weeds.
Up here, the fish are after perch fry, so hang them
as your top and
bottom flies. The Punk Perch, and a small
Olive Birds Nest have been
producing the best. It is also very important
to position your boat
IN THE WEEDS, not in the channel. You don't
want to anchor across
the channel, unless you absolutely have to because
of the wind. And
remember to give the perch patterns a little
movement, as if it were
Had first time fly fisher Michelle Ito on board this
week, She picked
up a pair of big
Cutts from the McGee Creek channels.