CROWLEY LAKE UPDATE 5/22/17

by Ernie Gulley Fly Fishing
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CROWLEY LAKE IS FISHING FANTASTIC AS WE SPEAK.   JUST BACK FROM GUIDING THIS WEEKEND AND IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYTHING IS ALIGNED FOR A FANTASTIC RUN OF GREAT FISHING.  

THE MIDGE HATCHES ARE BACK TO FULL STRENGTH THE WAY WE ARE ACCUSTOMED TO SEEING THEM AT CROWLEY.   THE LAST TWO DAYS THE MIDGE HATCH STARTED AT 8AM AND CONTINUED THRU THE DAY!   THE FISH ARE GORGING THEMSELVES ON THESE USUALLY TINY MIDGES BUT WE ARE HAVING SPECIMENS THAT ARE WELL INTO SIZE 12 AND LARGER.   

TAKE A LOOK AT THESE COLORS IN THIS MONSTER SIZE 12 OR LARGER ADULT FROM THIS WEEKEND.   IN THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON, YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A NICE RUN OF LARGER SIZE MIDGES.   AS THE SEASON PROGRESSES, THE SIZE OF THE MIDGES WILL CONTINUE TO DECREASE IN SIZE UNITL AT THE END OF THE SEASON, SIZE 16'S AND 18'S SEEM TO GET YOU MOST OF YOUR GRABS. 

AS YOU CAN SEE BY THIS PICTURE, THE COLOR OF THESE MIDGES ARE TRUELY AMAZING.   MANY ARE RED, ORANGE, BURNT ORANGE OR RUST COLOR.   ANY PATTERN WITH RED OR ORANGE IN THE WILL CERTAINLY GET YOU THE GRABS YOU WILL NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND GET YOU INTO FISH.  

 HERE ARE A COUPLE OF PATTERNS THAT WORKED VERY WELL FOR ME THIS WEEKEND!

USE YOUR IMAGINATION AND TRY TO INVENT AS MANY DIFFERENT COLORS AS YOU CAN, AND KEEP SWITCHING UP YOUR PATTERNS.  YOU WILL EVENTUALLY FIGURE OUT WHAT COLOR COMBINATION THAT WORKS THE BEST FOR EACH PARTICULAR DAY, IT CHANGES HOUR TO HOUR AND DAY TO DAY!

 

THE DEPTH OF WATER IS CHANGING VERY FAST AT CROWLEY.  THE LADWP IS PULLING WATER OUT THE CROWLEY AT OVER 600 CFS AND UP UNTIL THIS WEEKEND, THE WATER COMING IN WAS AROUND 200 CFS.  

 

THE BOTTOM WATER TEMPS IN 16 FEET OF WATER IS 56 DEGREES.   I TOOK THIS READING THREE TIMES IN A ROW AND THE TEMPS WERE ALL IN THE 56 DEGREE RANGE.   THIS IS TRIGGERING SOME FANTASTIC AND NEAR PERFECT FEEDING CONDITIONS.  BECAUSE THE BOTTOM WATER TEMPS ARE ALLOWING THE FISH TO BE COMFORTABLE AND SPEND MUCH MORE TIME GORGING ON THE PUPA.  

 

 

 THIS IS THE LEADER SETUP THAT I HAVE BEEN USING WITH THE SLIDING INDICTOR SYSTEM.   

 

WE WERE FISING IN DEEPER WATER IN THE BEGINNING OF THE MORNINGS, 18 TO 20 FEET.   AS THE MIDGE HATCHES REALLY GOT INTO FULL SWING, WE SEEMED TO HAVE GETTER LUCK FISHING INTO THE 15 TO 16 FOOT RANGE.   MOVE YOUR PATTERNS UP AND DOWN IN THE WATER COLUMN.   YOU CAN BE FISHING TIGHT TO THE BOTTOM IN THE MORNING AND AS THE DAY MOVES ON, RAISING YOUR PATTERNS AS MUCH AS 3 FEET OFF OF THE BOTTOM WILL REALLY GET YOU DIALED IN FOR A BUNCH OF GRABES.   ITS ALL TRIAL AND ERROR, DON'T BE AFRAID TO MAKE CHANGES, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE ANGLER IN YOUR BOAT. 

 

THE FISH ARE SPREAD OUT THRU THE LAKE.   SANDY POINT HAS NOT BEEN AS GOOD AS IT HAS BEEN BUT STILL HOLDS LOADS OF FISH.  CHRISTMAS BAY, SIX BAYS, ALIGATOR POINT, BIG HILTON AND STORMY FLATS ARE HOLDING FISH.  

 

THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO HEAD UP TO CROWLEY AND GET INTO THE FANTASTIC FISHING.   EVERYTHING AT THIS POINT SEEMS TO BE COMING INTO ITS OWN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO ENJOYING LAKE CROWLEY WITH EVERYONE THIS SEASON.

 

PLEASE BE SAFE OUT ON THE WATER, ESPECIALLY THIS UPCOMING HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND HAVE RESPECT FOR YOUR FELLOW ANGLERS. 

 

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I do love me some "Stillwater" fly fishing….Ernie