McGee Bay continues to be the productive zone for the angling fleet on Crowley. The hot bite with big numbers to the net has tapered off, with a day here or there, where the trout are on the forage, and the bite is wide open. The key these days is to get on a spot where there is more cruising trout traffic. The factors I look for include bottom structure, water temps below the surface, and proximity of your anchored boat or float tube to the weed beds.
Prevelent bugs on the trout menu these days besides the chironomids include the damsels. Also, the season's first perch fry hatch has taken place on the lake. Yesterday I had an angler catch a nice brown on my perch fry imitation. Now is the time to tie on your damsel and perch fry patterns.
The lake level is high, considering the effects of the last four drought years. There currently is an algae bloom on the surface. We are getting the typical high wind conditions Crowley is known for in the afternoons these days.
I have been fishing in 17 to 22 feet of water with the necessary sliding indicator rig set-up. The two fly tandem is six inches or so from the bottom, up to two feet. The early morning hour bite overall has been very good, at times, lasting several hours, then tapering off. When the bite shuts off or slows down it's a good idea to move into deeper water. Still getting results with the blood midges early on and close to the bottom. Then switching to the other midge color patterns once there are chironomids in the air. Also hang your Damsel and Perch fry patterns.
There are lots of the smaller size fish being caught, which I refer to as the freshman class size. They are strong and healthy from all the protein in the Crowley food sources. We are still catching Biggs, the senior class size, but not in the numbers we were netting two weeks ago.
The latest report on the Sacramento perch is the bite has slowed significantly. You will still find large schools of perch in the weed beds up to 16 feet in the McGee area.
Check out some of these Trophy trout anglers landed on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine. Hope you plan on booking your guide trip soon with TFFGS!
Mr. Robert W., a temp visitor from The U.K., taking time out from his duties to fish on Crowley Lake. He heard about the great fishing possibilities and Rob was all smiles with Trophy trout he tangled with and landed. These were the biggest trout Rob had ever landed, brilliant mate!
Beverly convinced her husband Dave to fly fish Crowley for only their second time everbon the fly rod. Needless to say, Beverly just loves the sport of fly fishing. Great to have the both of you on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine!
Mr. Dave with one of his many nice trout brought to the net. Way to keep an eye on that indicator Dave, way to be Trucha (alert)!
Bev posing with one more Trophy size Cutt!
Mr. Joe, came back on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine for only his second time ever on the fly rod. Joe aka Mo-Joe, invited his good friend Bill to try the fly rod for Bill's first time ever on the fly rod. These guys are excellent spin fishing gear anglers and trollers. Their fishing experience and skills easily kick in with expert guidance on the different nuances of he fly rod and reel.
Mr. Bill with a nice bow on the fly rod! Fly fishing is not as difficult as it may seem anglers.
Posted on Mon, July 11, 2016
by David Carranza