Shad are pretty heavy in lower river…get after them. Shad darts are a basic pattern that is bright and weighted in pinks, white/red, copper etc. Use a sink tip, find a structure (rock) that they must swim around on their upriver travel and fish it from above letting your offering swing into the travel zone. Let it hang there and twitch, if they are there you’ll be pleasantly surprised. These are often called the “poor man’s tarpon” (they look somewhat similar) and can get up to 4 or 5 pounds so will provide a good tussle. Elkton, Yellow Creek. Bunch Bar are some access points you can explore.
Lemolo has been fishing well. Starting about 5:00 p.m. the browns have really be turning on. Browns are fun and so pretty, especially when most of what we have available are ‘bows.
Diamond Lake is in middle of “midge mania”. Annual right of passage for this humidor of insect life. If the wind isn’t blowing you had better have a head net or experience the joy of breathing and eating these little demons. This is when the fish put on some furious weight from simply swimming and eating until they can’t do it anymore. Unlike most lakes that have a good evening hatch and feeding time, Diamond doesn’t seem to work this way. It that by afternoon and for the rest of the day they are so stuffed they just don’t care to eat anymore.
North Umpqua trout in upper river should be fun once it opens on 22nd. Got to let those smolts exit and hopefully they pass the lower river before the water temp hits 60 and the smallmouth wake up.