With the return of summer and high air temps with no true cooling off at night any caught and released trout could suffer or perish. The apparent early departure of summer has been delayed, so to should fishing of lowland lakes in areas still boasting high temps. That is, of course, unless they are cold spring or glacial run off fed that keeps the water temps down.
You'll get your fix, but maybe not for another two or three weeks for trout's sake. Enjoy.:thumb:
Last week the basin lakes were about 72 to 75 at the surface. We haven't really had much in the way of cool nights yet. I spent most of the week north of Spokane and the lakes up there are still warm at the surface too. We need some nights in the 30's or 40's.
The water temp at Lenice was 58 degrees yesterday. The fish were willing to chase a fast stripped streamer, but they were pretty lethargic after the hook up. Must still be suffering from the higher water temps. Two 15-16" tiger trout were really skinny. Oh, I almost forgot the wind was howling!
And the wind was howling with white caps. I can honestly say I did not stress any of the fish. If anyone was stressed it was me finning against the wind and waves. However in the end I enjoyed my first trip to Lenice. Next time.
We were at a lake nearby and water temps were upper 50's. They should be good to go if the nights stay cold. And same story as above regarding Sunday. I about got thrown out of tube by some of the waves. I had them breaking over my tube, up my back and over my head. That is when I realized I better save it for another day. This weekend looks much more promising.
have a couple of buddies fishing now - hope to hear a report from them soon and will relay info (selective of course!) to this group.
I am fishing Sunday and Monday.
Last fall, October was a killer month - hope for repeat this year