By: Russ Maddin
What a roller coaster ride this March has been. Looking forward to a less bumpy ride weather wise this April. Most of the west side rivers will be flat out for lake rainbows. With limited snow left to melt it should leave the rivers in good shape for the most part. As the water temps climb into the 40s most of the lake rainbows will be on or near gravel. The upper rivers because of the early melt should be in decent shape as well this trout opener should set up nicely for dry fly fishing. With early black stones and Hendrickson’s as a potential. April should bode well for streamer anglers since the majority of the runoff has passed already barring some freak event the fish should be ready to eat big once again. All sorts of meaty creatures are readily available as the water temps climb into the mid-40s.
Sculpins, chestnut lampreys, dace, and a variety of other minnows are all hatching or spawning at this time including salmon fry on rivers with migratory beasts. Making the month of April a potent streamer time indeed. Rainbow trout and loads of suckers will also be spawning to add to the biomass as well so don’t put away the nymphing rigs. Good luck on the waters you fish and call home.