River Report 4/3/20
River Report : April 3rd 2020
It’s April and we’re getting super close to the 2020 Vt Trout Season! I’m getting excited to start hitting Otter Creek and Winooski River tributaries which have been closed since Halloween. The season officially opens on the Second Saturday of the month, which is the 11th this year.
A local tournament a bunch of our guides fish called the Otter Creek Classic has been moved from opening day weekend to September 18th because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Most of the snow in the mountains has melted except around ski areas and the tops of bigger mountains like Mount Mansfield. At this point all the rivers are in great shape and should be prime for opening day. It’s supposed to be rainy tonight and all day Friday and on Sunday. That should cause the rivers to bump up and that’s good for Lake Champlain tributaries and folks chasing Steelhead.
I haven’t connected with a lunker Metalhead this Spring but have been catching some nice Browns and Bows while searching for them.
Most of the recent fish I’ve caught have all been on nymphs. It seems like the fish are ignoring streamers and keying in on Stoneflies and Caddis.
In the last week I’ve been targeting Pike and had some success. Landing 2 smaller ones but also getting a few strikes and several follows. I tend to use single flies in the 6”-9” size this time of year. It it’s really stained or high I will go to big tandem ones in the 9”-13” range but most of my “eats” are on the smaller flies. When targeting Pike always have an XXL net, long nosed pliers and be ready to battle a big fish.
My take on fishing and any outdoor adventures during the virus scare are to still go but stay close to home and be extra careful and cautious. I leave my house ready to go and don’t need to stop at a store or anywhere else. I have plenty of water, snacks, change of clothes and all the gear I need. I drive straight to the area I’m going. If there is already folks there I go to another spot. I keep it to a half hour or so from my house. I think it’s important to get outside and enjoy our beautiful state but do it as safe as possible and give everyone you see plenty of space.
Make sure you have your 2020 Vt fishing license and double check you have everything you need before you head out. Have fun and be safe!
We are really looking forward to guiding this season! Hopefully things settle down by late April and we can start getting folks out. Book a trip for May and this Summer anytime!