May 1 Fishing ReportMostly sunny, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a southwest wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph.
Today is opening day of regular fishing season. Keep in mind that it can be very crowded out there this weekend.
Creeks are very low and clear. Fish will be spooky until we get some cloud cover or rains bring the water levels up a bit.
We continue to see caddis and craneflies hatching and fish responding to them on the surface. When the sun is off the water we are getting fish rising to midges and generic mayflies.
Subsurface fishing has been most effective on thin bodied bugs due to the clear water. If the sky clouds up a bit, then fish will also be looking for caddis larvae and scuds.
|Remember that after the crowds of last year, and the continued traffic on the creeks while the pandemic hangs on, stream etiquette is even more important than ever! |
• If you see a car at an access point, drive to the next one. There is no need for multiple cars at access points, we have enough water to spread out on.
• Do not 'high hole' another angler. Fishing upstream is what we do in the Driftless. Never walk upstream of another angler and start fishing (unless you check in with that angler and get permission first),
• When you park, do not block gates, driveways, or field access roads with your vehicle.
• Finally, do not trespass on private property! Make sure you are 100% positive you are on public property if you are on the bank. The various apps and map books are not 100% accurate! Make sure you do your homework, check in with the landowner, or just keep your feet wet whenever possible! “