North Park Fishing Report )ct 28, 2012
Bill Willcox, Lake John Resort
I know a whole heap o’ time has passed since I’ve given any updates from Lake John and surrounding areas, but all I can say is that time really flies when you’re busy. By the calls I’ve been receiving, I’d better share some information on lake, water, and weather conditions — at least those that I know about — before nastygrams start to fill my answering machine and computer.
As far as water is concerned, Lake John has been very fortunate this year. We are currently within a few inches of the high-water level, with the inlet still flowing. North Delaney Butte Lake is in decent shape with an average water level, however, the same cannot be said for South and East Delaney, which are still pretty low. Cowdrey Lake levels are quite good, although weeds are still a factor.
North Park temperatures are dipping fast, especially at night, bringing frost and ice to windshields and water jugs. Other than the very shallow north bays of Lake John, no ice yet on lake surfaces. Snowlines are beginning to drop in the higher elevations, with some accumulations of several inches or more over the passes, however, the Park itself is mostly clear except where the sun don’t shine. Even though the fishing on area lakes has been exceptional, the weather this past weekend left plenty of vacancies in shoreline campgrounds, though local conditions should improve this week. Specks of blaze orange can be seen often, as hunters take a day off from climbing mountains.
Much cooler water temps have fish strapping on the feedbag. Several people I know are using large offerings on both North and South Delaney to imitate crawdads — 2 ½ and 3 inch tube jigs, Rebel Wee-Craw lures, and large flies worked along shorelines was the key to big fish. Lake John has been consistent all summer, and remains as it started. Most all methods of angling are producing fish averaging 13 to 15 inches. These trout all have the Lake John attitude, and the nearly non-stop action provides good fun even for those who grow impatient easily. Dress for cooler weather and enjoy a couple more weeks of open water fishing before the ice sets in.
Lake John Resort