Crowley trout have been providing fun and excitement this month!The July summer bite continues with many hot spots to choose from. The floatilla of boat and float tube anglers has shifted over to McGee Bay away from Sometimes Bay. The Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II was enjoying McGee in solitude for a few weeks when the pressure was on at Sometimes Bay. All good in the hood however as there are productive spots to locate away from the fleet if you scout the water. We are catching large numbers of trout in the 12 to 16 inch class with some trophy size biggs in the mix. Anglers on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II are enjoying multiple double hook-ups these days with an occasional triple hook-up for the three angler guide trips. I am expecting an increase in the presence of trophy size fish as we approach the month of August.
Other productive zones you can have success include Little Hilton, with fish also active at Sandy Point, Whiskey Creek and Crooked Creek. The lake level continues to rise prompting the Crowley Lake management team to add ramps to the marina docks for access to the boats (check out the picture below). I don't recall seeing this much water in all of the 25 plus years I have been fishing Crowley Lake. There is less fisherman parking area near the docks below the tackle store due to the rising water level. It's amazing to see the volume of water. The surface temps are in the high 60's to low 70's. There is some algae presence in parts of the lake.
The summertime weather has been consistent with some predictable winds in the afternoon. We are having some of our "all day fishing days" where the winds do not reach gusty conditions and you can fish all day. Thunderstorms have arrived this past week with good amount of rain earlier in the week.
The primary food sources these days are the midges of course, damsel nymphs and perch fry. There have also been some mayfly hatches and the presence of hoppers. The productive imitation flies continue to be blood midges, copper tigers, zebras gray, black and other color midges. Your damsel, perch and callibaetis imitation patterns are getting plenty of grabs from these active eating Crowley trout. The fish are healthy, strong and full of bug protein.
Now is the time to fish Crowley. The crowds have definitely increased over the weekends! The fishing crowd is much less in numbers during the week. I have plenty of open dates for month of August so contact me ASAP and book a guide trip. Come get into some epic fun, thrills and excitement! August should continue where July has started
By the way, if anyone tells you the perch bite is over...NOT! Contact me for the most "up to date" and "on the water" perch report. The perch have not completely left their spawn beds in the shallows as of yet. There are still very good numbers of perch remaining as evidenced by a recent guide trip enjoyed by a client. The client went out the next day with his son to employ what he learned on his guide trip on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II and just whacked em catching at least 30 plus perch! Way to go Paul Owen! I'll probably be seeing you next season for the Crowley Lake 2020 Perch Derby!
McGee Bay, Sometimes and Perch flats are good spots for catching perch these days. You need to find clear areas within the weed beds to get perch.
I am available to guide you on a perch fishing trip but it needs to happen soon before the perch transition into the deeper water depths. They can still be caught in deeper water but it is an entirely different angling technique to catch them.
Thanks for reading this report! Check out the action pics of happy clients.
Mrs. Linda Swanson had another fun and productive fishing trip with her husband Wayne. Linda holding a trophy size brown.
Nothing but kind appreciation or the Crowley trout!
Verl Penrod enjoyed another two day trip on Crowley and got into some outstanding numbers and trophy size fish.
Check out this nice Cutty that hit the tape at 23 inches.
It's a bugs life on Crowley. Here is a sample hopper currently part of the lake life.
and here are damsel nymphs that are peaking in the water.
Paul Owen wanted to get in the know about the Crowley Lake Sacramento perch on a recent guide trip. Paul absorbed all the info and promptly went out the next day to catch over 30 of these prized fish.
Mike and Ed had a great day on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II. Nice double and some.
Another EPIC two days for this trio. Another two days that will rank amongst the best Crowley can offer. David Bradshaw and John Blake with a sweet double!
Steve White, the other trio angler with this beauty 22 inch cutthroat.
Awesome double for Steve and David.
Beautiful hefty cutty's double in the "Trucha bucket!"
Mr. David with this 23 inch bow.
John with this 21 inch brown to wind down the two day trip.
This pic shows how high the water level is at the lake. The water is beyond the flag pole. AMAZING!
Posted on Thu, July 25, 2019
by David Carranza