Runoff Alternatives

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This time of the year is always a tough one. The weather is balmy, the bugs are starting to hatch, and the fish are getting hungry. But there is one glaring problem with it all, our rivers are blown out! Many people choose to hang up the waders for a couple of weeks and take care of some last minute tying for the season if you're the angler that still wants to get out we have a couple suggestions for you.

Pike fishing has proven to be very productive as of late and customers and staff members alike have been getting out to poke a couple. All lakes have been fishing good in the Parkland. Crawling Valley Reservoir, Magee Lake (Lower Chain), Snake Reservoir, McGregor Lake, and Keho Lake are just a handful of places that we recommend checking out.

If pike doesn't really tickle your fancy that okay, there are still plenty of trout lakes to check out. Chironomids having been hatching like mad and have been the main driving force for eats but they're not the only bug hatching. Callibaetis are starting to pop off as well and fish should be keying into them more and more. Premiere, Whitetail, Echo, as well as Birch lake have been fishing good and would not be bad decisions for spots to check out. River fishing is still a possibility on most rivers in our neck of the woods, just keep in mind this is not the most productive time of the year. If you do plan to hit a river still we recommend you bring a good amount of dark streamers and focus your attention on the first 10-15' of water against the bank.

Connor Ingstrup