July 13, 2018

Fishing has been picking up over the last week or so in Rock Creek Lake, especially for the trophy sized rainbows from Desert Springs Hatchery in Oregon. We received 1000 pounds of 4 1/2 lb average sized fish last Friday, in the lake and throughout the campgrounds along the creek. Thomas Buoyants, mouse tails, and power bait have been taking some of these fat, beautiful fish. Like the big bluefin tuna off southern California, many have been broken off due to line issues, drags too tight, or over-reactions. The more experienced Rock Creek anglers have been coming in with some impressive stringers weighing 10 to 30 lbs between 2 people. These fish are excellent to eat, but a reminder for you adults to put some of those trophies back in the water for the kids to catch.  A few  12" wild brown trout have also been coming out of the lake on nightcrawlers, along with the regular stockers from the DFW hatcheries. Not wide open fishing, but good enough if you keep at it, and change your bait/lure/fly often if not getting bit.

The wild trout in the backcountry are biting very well on flies and small lures such as super dupers (frog pattern), panther martins, mepps, small brook or brown trout patterned kastmasters, and salmon eggs.

We finally got rained on yesterday, after nearly two months of dry weather. We received almost 1.5 inches between 4 PM and early this morning, a good steady soaking, much appreciated, except by the tent campers. This has nothing to do with the fishing, but the wildflower bloom right now is the best in years. Remember, a slow day of fishing in Rock Creek beats a slow day stuck in traffic.