The sound of dripping snow melting signals the arrival of early spring. This particular part of the season becomes that film that separates the end of winter and the welcoming of spring. For anglers, it is a make it or break it time of the year. There are advantages, as much as there are challenges. With this being said, we present to you the best fishing tips for early spring.
We’re not the weather guys or anchors, but we’re here to bring you the fishing news about the situation when times like these have come. For one, the changing waters will affect the behavior of the fish. Open water is likely to be cold, dirty, and high or a combination of the three. You can imagine the situation when opening the freezer before refrigerator maintenance to see ice that needs to be thawed. Rains can still be around the corner which adds to the challenges.
These seasons are considered very tough for most anglers. The water can also be sluggish and the warming of these waters makes some adjustments on how the fish behaves underwater. Some species tend to spawn when early spring begins and they become concentrated only in certain areas and depths, making it more difficult to catch them. With the best strategies, success is very possible.
In Oregon, spring fishing specifically means catching steelhead and salmon. While it varies from state to state, it will be very helpful to learn the strategies especially in these seasons. For salmon fishing, the secret has always been into fishing based on the habits of these species. This means you first have to understand their movements and conditions in early spring.
Salmon are usually non-responsive in the most common hours fishermen set sail, that is before the sunrise. When fishing for salmons in the early spring, consider treading the waters between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the species are more active. When sunlight begins to fade, the fish will normally be back to sleep and inactivity. Furthermore, since activities are slightly different in early spring, it is recommended to use a high fished fly that is slowly swinging around a foot deep down in the water column so you can have the best chances. Stay focused. Many experts say that it takes an adrenaline rush to catch salmon in early spring. For the ideal location, you might want to check out the lower Columbia rivers.
Meanwhile, steelhead fishing also calls for an effective plan of action. Steelhead is the name given to rainbow trout that reside in the Great Lakes areas and in the Pacific Ocean. They feed on pelagic forage in vast, cold and open waters. Annually, this species returns to the rivers where they were born in order to spawn. However, unlike salmons, the steelhead does not die after spawning but rather migrate back out of these waters as the temperatures begin to heighten up further as the spring continues.
To find the best chances, focus on deep pools, tail-outs, and low ends of rivers where there is moderate flow. Always time your move.
Note that the spring steelhead tends to eat egg beads and egg flies, and they also spawn quickly like during wintertime. In-line spinner will go well with the quickness of their movement in these times. What’s recommended is a medium performance spinning rod that is between six to 10 feet long. This measurement helps with casting using light tackle. Try visiting central Minnesota to further increase the chances of getting a good catch.
Steelheads are also creatures of habit. This means that when you find one, for instance by the rock along the river, there is a great chance that you can also find another within a few meters or feet from that area.
Tips To Remember
- Stay updated on the forecast. It is important to keep yourself tuned in to weather forecasts when fishing in early spring. You are advised to search for warmer days and approaching weather condition changes in order to get the best catch during peak hours.
- Choose smaller lures. Take it slow and easy by preferring smaller lures that are fished slower in the season’s environment. Cold water is a time for these fish species to be a little sluggish so they may be reluctant to combat to strike a prey fish, so this tactic is very effective.
- Find shallow waters. Anglers should look forward to fishing with sunlight and stay in shallow waters. It is a good strategy to attract fish as the sun warms the early spring water still transitioning from the winter and all its melted snow.
Once you have passed through this adrenaline rush, that is early spring fishing, things will fall back to normal and challenges will be less tough. Nevertheless, many advanced anglers and fishermen still like to visit the waters during these seasons because of the level of difficulty they bring, a practical way to hone their fishing and outdoor survival skills.