Fishing Report (Winter 2013-2014)
by Mike Kaul, Two Rivers Emporium
December 29, 2013
With the temperatures plummeting to minus double digits and the snow packs in our area registering near 100% of normal, I think we can safely say winter is upon us.
From a fishing standpoint finding open water will be challenging until early March. The hard core, die-hard fishers willing to brave this weather will find fish catching to be on the slow side.
Water temperature has a great effect on the feeding habits of trout. This time of year the fish, although not hibernating, are pretty close to that kind of state. Trout are cold-blooded, therefore their body temperature is directly affected by the temperature of the water. The water temperatures are dropping below the 45 degree level which causes the troutís metabolism to slow way down and triggers a sluggish feeding pattern. The low water temperature will also arrest aquatic insect hatch activity, so there will not be as many bugs available for the fish to eat. In essence, everything decelerates during the winter to include a brief break from the fisherís pursuit which will help the trout survive the winter and keep them in good shape for next season.
Most of the fishing action for the next three months will center on connecting with big hungry trout by jigging some type of bait or lure through the ice on one of the many fine lakes we have in the Pinedale area. Click on this link to find out more about ice fishing conditions
Please feel free to contact me for fishing and water projections for the upcoming fly fishing season. (Mike Kaul, 1-800-329-4353 or e-mail email@example.com, Two Rivers Emporium)