Fish Rap: Welcome to the spring roller coaster

rphillips@idahostatesman.comMarch 6, 2014 

Buy the ticket, take the ride. Assuming you’ve already bought your fishing license, your ticket has been bought. Now comes the tricky part.

I promise to only milk this analogy a little while, so here goes.

Sunny and 60 is on the way this weekend, according to the weather guessers. Springs is officially here March 20, but Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday, which always seems like the start of spring to me.

It’s a giddy, thrilling time when it’s just fun to be outdoors and fishing. The rivers are flush with trout and steelhead, the ponds go crazy with bluegill, and reservoirs can produce anything from crappie to sturgeon.

But when the rain comes or those rivers get brimming with snow run off, you’re stuck waiting for fishing conditions to improve.

Fishing can switch between awe and anguish as quickly as a minnow fleeing a hungry brown trout.

This weekend could be a perfect example. I’m seeing fair weather in forecast for Saturday, but rain beforehand and possibly more on Sunday. So you may have a beautiful day and blown-out rivers. Or you may get reservoir waking from the winter lull and fish slamming anything that passes in front of them.

You also face the counter-intuitive situation where warm weather melts snow, which sends frigid water downstream and cools off the climbing temps.

I hate it when that happens. Nothing more frustrating than a beautiful, sunny day and cold, brown water.

But never mind all that. I’m going fishing Saturday. Where is to be determined, but I can’t let a perfect day slip away. It’s spring!

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