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Crowley Lake Fishing Report, June 11, 2017

The weather the past two weeks was very nice. Cold enough in the morning for the heater, and hot enough by 9 am for the A/C. As of this report, a cold front is passing through with some snow flurries and wind gusts up to and over 35 mph. The snow pack is melting quickly and water ways have risen beyond the normal levels. There are some beautiful water falls off many of the roads leading up to the higher elevation lakes. The lake water level is also on the rise with at least ten feet gained in the last eleven days. The weed beds are starting to grow in the ten to twelve foot depths.

The trout bite has slowed significantly in the past six days. You really have to look around to find the fish cruising lanes. You will get grabs every five to ten minutes, then periods where it may take 15 to 20 minutes for takedowns. Once in awhile you'll get a short flurry with a possible shot at a double hook-up. The best action has been in the Alligator area, north to Leighton Springs, and into the North Arm. There are fish in Stormy Flats but they are not on the chew for now. McGee has cooled off. You may get a few grabs in the Hiltons. That being said, clients on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine for half day guide trips have managed to hook four to five Trophy Biggs and land one to four, while netting totals into the low double digit numbers. Some clients have also netted the "Trifecta" (Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat) and some double hook ups. It is still fun and exciting for our clients! Some Cuttys being caught are fresh arrivals from their tributary spawn as evidenced by the red colorful and thinner body's.

We are getting grabs in the morning using blood midge patterns or black and red combo patterns. Switch to gray patterns when the adult midges make it to the air. Don't hesitate to vary the depth of your offerings. We have also caught some on the Trucha perch fry pattern. Anglers at the Crowley fish cleaning station are seeing evidence of perch fry in the fish harvested.

Perch report : The perch bite was hot but significantly shut down in the past five days. We are still catching perch with the midge offerings. The perch target zones continue to be in Leighton to the North Arm and in the McGee Bay zone along the 395 west side of the lake. The bigger size perch are being caught in the North Arm. The lure/ bait of choice continues to be the grub dressed with a power bait nibble. Don't hesitate to vary your grub colors also. Give me a call if your interested in booking a perch guide trip. Check out these pictures of clients on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine the past two weeks.

Mr. Roger B. displaying his first ever trout caught on a fly rod. This was a nice 22" Cutthroat.

Hudson M. with this Bigg Bow that was just under 22 inches.

Bill Maloney with a 21 incher.

Fred Smalley and Erick Kvamme hit a double  and Fred completed a Trifecta guring their guide trip.

Roger Bruland with a nice Brown. Way to go Rodge!

Another Brown Beauty brought to the net by Erick K.

Here is a silver side Bow landed by Tracy Rogers.

Check out this colorful 23 inch Cutty landed by Fred Smalley to end his guide trip with fishing buddy Erick. Trifecta......Boom!!


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