Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Orvis Westlake's Tip of the Week
Spring smallmouth fishing is off to a great start with rain triggering runs of fish from the lake. Fishing when you have the time will be important in the coming weeks. On the water focus your efforts on the lower river to have your best opportunity at fresh fish and good numbers.
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Water Flow Data
5-Day Outlook as of 5/9/22
Spring showers in the forecast will have water levels back up this week. Keep an eye on USGS gauge and weather reports.
Techniques & Tips as of 5/9/22
Sculpin, crayfish and baitfish patterns work best this time of year to attract smallmouth. Poppers will also draw fish but remember when fishing them to vary pause lengths and how long your strips are to make the popper seem as natural as possible and to give the fish time to locate it.
Local Species Available Spring
|Bead Head Flash Zonker||White||4,6,8|
|Krystal Bugger||White, Purple, Chart||8,10, 12|
|Senyo's AI Intruder||Rainbow Olive||2|
|Schultzy's S3 Sculpin||Black, Olive||2|
|Clouser Minnow||White/Olive, Gray/White||6|
|Lefty's Deceiver||Blue/White, Olive/White.||8|
Bead Head Flash Zonker
When fishing for bass, this pattern fills the need for an all-purpose big fish fly.
Super Strong Plus Leaders
SuperStrong Plus Tippet in 30- and 100-meter spools
Best Fly Fishing Rod:
8-Weight 9' Fly Rod
Best Floating Fly Line:
Best Sinking Fly Line:
Bank Shot Sink Tip Fly Line