The ice is off many of the lower elevation lakes, while some higher lakes are still frozen solid. The fish are hungry but the cold water temperatures and lack of hatches will keep them a bit deeper for now. Choose a sinking line or a longer leader with some weight to get down to the fish. Basic lake patterns like leeches, small streamers, and small beadheads should get the job done.
The Month Ahead:
Lake fishing should improve as water temps warm and the fish begin to move into shallower water. Lakes are a great option in the Spring because they are unaffected by runoff.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
Many lakes in our area have great hatches and dry fly fishing starting in late Spring or early Summer.