Hello fellow anglers.
The heat is on, and the fish are taking a vacation. With the recent extreme temps, the rivers are getting lower, and the water temps are rising. The fish have not flown south, they have just gone deeper or lay dormant in currents. This report may not be a favorable one. But I will always give you the truth on what is hot and what is not. Speaking of hot. I advise those who are venturing out to do some camping, check with the area you are going to visit, because of the extreme conditions. Many national forests and public lands have banned campfires and charcoal barbecues. This also includes many designated campgrounds areas. So, let’s leave the firewood at home and give our firefighters a little “breathing” room. And maybe, a little of that breathing room for the rest of us as well. I would like to ask each of you to do me a favor. When you see any one of our firefighters out in your community take the time to shake their hand, or simply say thank you. We need to let them know, “We see you, and we respect the job you’re doing for us so we can sleep at night or camp in peace.”
CAPLES LAKE: The lake level is still up, but the fish have gone deeper. Anglers have had best luck in the early morning or evening hours. Trollers have been using lead core or down riggers in 25-40 feet of water. Rapalas or flashers and a crawler have been most productive. Shore anglers have picked up a few off the dam or by the spillway. The EID day use and boat ramp is open. The Caples Lake resort is open for boat, kayak and cabin rentals, as well as boat launching. The general store is open for those little things you may need. For more information, stop by the Caples Lake Resort.
WOODS LAKE: Camping spots are available on a first come basis. Fishing for Brook trout has been slow to fair. Anglers have been using salmon eggs in the morning.
RED LAKE: Fishing has been slow, but a few rainbows and cutthroat trout have been caught off the dam with salmon eggs or inflated night crawlers. Kast masters or Thomas Buoyant spoons have been productive. The lake as of June 23 had no detectable blue green algae
BLUE LAKES: The lake level is still up. Camping is available on the upper and lower lakes. The upper lake is a little low for this time of year. Fishing has been better for anglers on the lower lake for catchable rainbow trout. Powerbait has been most productive.