Georgetown Lake is open for the year and fishing has been excellent. Stuart Mill Bay and a portion of the rest of the SE shoreline is closed until July 1. Check FWP Fishing Regulations for the exact description.
While you will find fish in shallow water, this time of year we like to target the fish that are in deeper water. The fish in the shallow water are likely trying to spawn during this time of year and can be a little difficult to get to eat. You will find more success with the fish that haven't spawned yet or the fish that are done spawning.
Callibaetis have begun hatching so be prepared to toss a dry fly if fish start eating on top.
Here are a few tips for fly fishing Georgetown Lake:
1. Try a black balance leech with a zebra midge dropper. Try to run about 4' to the first fly under the indicator.
2. Try a streamer.
3. Cover water. Where we are having the most luck, in slightly deeper water, it can be difficult to sight-fish with changing water color conditions during runoff. Cover all the portions of the water column high to low, and as far as you can around you. Be methodical and you'll catch fish!
Here are a few fly suggestions:
1. Hot bead scud size 12
2. Hot bead sow bug size 16
3. Black balance leech
4. Olive balance leech
5. Baby damsel nymph
6. Callibaetis nymph size 16
7. Hot Bead San Juan Worm size 10, red with a hot orange bead
8. Sparkle minnow, sculpin, size 10
9. Black and red or black and silver zebra midge, size 16-18
10. Callibaetis dry size 14-16
Georgetown Lake will be great for the rest of spring. We will be looking out for heavier hatches of midges, callibaetis, and smaller caddis in the coming weeks as the water warms up.
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