Dunkirk, New York: Walleye is the word in Dunkirk according to Gerry Begier at Bill Hook’s (captainhookstackle.com). She said that anglers fishing in next weekend’s big Masters Walleye Tournament will find plenty of big fish straight off Dunkirk in 95 to 100 feet of water. Crews are trolling dipsy divers with stickbaits, spoons and worm harnesses. “Any color on top of copper is a hot color for the worm harnesses,” she said. Best spoons are dream weavers in size WD and Super Swim while hot colors are mojo, Buffalo Bill, alibi, and dragon balls. A Chatter Trick Stick is the number one stickbait and the most effective sizes are No. 2 and 5 in chartreuse, perch, rainbow, or black and silver. She says that the guys are trolling with planer board and down riggers while using wire line get the baits down deep. “Use your fish finder to find the schools,” she suggests, “If they’re a little finicky, tease them a little bit by working the rod to give the bait some action.”
Potomac River, Maryland: From Smoketown Bait and Tackle (smoketownbaitandtackle.com) on the Potomac River, Andy Smothers reports that the smallmouth bite is going off in the evenings. He said that the river is low, so he’s finding the fish with tubes while guys who are wading are having the best luck with live minnows. Just hook the minnow on a #2 to #6 Eagle Claw hook and cast it in a deep eddy behind the rocks. He said that the best starting point is the Brunswick Boat Ramp. “There are plenty of places to park your car and you can wade in either direction,” Andy said. He warns waders to watch where they’re walking, “Look out for deep pockets and holes.” The catfish bite has also been good. Again the best bite is in the evening. Andy said that the most productive stretch of water is between Knoxville and Brunswick and the tastiest baits have been chicken livers and night crawlers.
Mosquito Lagoon, Florida: T.J. from Orlando Outfitters (orlandooutfitters.com) reports that the water level is high in the Mosquito Lagoon allowing the redfish to go back farther than usual. “Throw a dart at a map of the Lagoon and you’ll find a place to catch reds,” he told us. Abundant grass on the flat makes weedless flies the ticket. Most guys are using 12-pound tippet material to land the fish quickly and improve the chances of a healthy release. He said that the hottest flies are white Clousers and other baitfish patterns in size 4 to 2. T.J. told us that redfish action is best on the skinny flats while the trout will hold along the edges of the flats, especially early in the morning. T.J. also had news that the tarpon migration has started around Titusville. He says that the fish are easiest to see when the water is slick calm early in the morning or after a thunderstorm. “Any of the typical tarpon flies will work,” he said. Look for the fish around the docks or deep-water edges along the Indian River.
Branson, Missouri: From Anglers and Archery (anglersandarchery.com), Chuck Gries announced that Rainbow trout are spawning on Taneycomo Lake. “We’ve been catching rainbows to 25 inches and there are bigger ones in the lake,” he said. Chuck said that spin-fishermen should use Rapalas and little Kastmaster spoons. “Cast them toward the bank and work it back to you,” he said, “nothing fancy.” Drifting powerbaits or nightcrawlers or fishing the same bait from the shore at any of the public access points will also produce some impressive trout. Flyfishermen are using scuds, zebra midges, and San Juan worms by either drifting in a boat or fishing from the bank. He added that guys fishing Table Rock are finding largemouth with nightcrawlers fished in water from 25 to 30 feet deep.
Park City, Utah: Walter Foster the Trout Bum (troutbum2.com), has been fishing the Provo River 20 minutes east of Park City, Utah. He said the Middle Provo has been hatching pale morning duns in size 16 and 18 and the evening hatch has been caddis flies in size 16 to size 12. Foster pointed out that most of the daytime action has been below the surface. “The PMDs have been hatching from 1PM on,” he said, “so you have good dry fly fishing in the afternoon.” He said that during the day the best bite has been on terrestrials such as grasshoppers in size 12 to 14. Walter recommends fishing the first mile below Jordanelle Reservoir at any of the six public access parking lots. “Just park and walk in either direction,” he says. The middle Provo boasts about 3000 trout per mile so any direction you walk you will find fish. Walter adds that trout on the lower Provo below Deer Creek Reservoir are responding to nymphs. “The hot fly has been a sow bug from size 20 to 14,” he says. He also told us that the PMDs and caddis flies are infesting the lower section of the river. If you want to do some dry fly fishing, try the evening caddis hatch. “That’s the main diet of the fish on that section of the river,” he said. Again the first mile before the reservoir hosts several public parking areas, but Walter says that the water closest to the reservoir holds the most fish.