Rifle Gap Fishing Report
The week of: April 23rd, 2018
Weather conditions: Warm, clear skies, afternoon wind
Water conditions: Low 50s, good clarity, 10ft low and dropping
The fishing on Rifle Gap this past week has been good and the weather has been beautiful. Anglers are catching mixed bags of Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye. The water is still very cold so slow presentations were the key. The weeds are only now starting to come up. The warmest sections of water have been most productive and as usual the bite improved with wind or cloud cover. Most Pike and Walleye are done spawning and starting to feed again, fish can be found near weeds, ledges, and channels. The smallmouth are getting ready to spawn and can be found along rocky shorelines feeding on crayfish. Crankbaits, spoons, jigs, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits have all been effective. The fishing will only get better as the water warms. As always please practice catch and release and selective harvest. Pike over 25inches, Walleye over 23inches, and Bass over 16inches should be released and any other fish you think might be spawning. Tight lines!