Rifle Gap Fishing Report
The week of: May 14th, 2018

Weather conditions: Warm, sunny, afternoon wind
Water conditions: Low 60s, good clarity, 10ft low and dropping slowly

With all the warm weather we’ve been having the water is warming up quickly, in the afternoon we are already seeing surface temperatures in the mid 60s. We are starting to see big pike hit the net. In fact the next three weeks is probably the best time of year to target trophy northern pike. Once we see temperatures in the upper 60s topwater lures will become effective but for now jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and flukes have been working. The smallmouth are going through the spawning process and up on beds. The walleye are starting to retreat to deeper water except in the low light periods, jigging tubes and bladebaits have been the most productive. The panfish are starting to school up and once you find the schools you can limit out with the standard panfish gear. Take advantage of the nice weather and great fishing while it lasts. As always, please practice catch and release especially with big fish.