Fishing Report: Big Lake
Rick from the Big Lake Store said all highways, including 273 and 261, are open. The store has been open for about 3 weeks.
Anglers are having luck trolling lures and flies 10 feet deep (in the thermocline). Shore anglers can reach these fish, too. Although fish are a bit deeper, the surface water temperature is around 45 degrees – higher than average for this time of the year. Fish have been averaging 12 to 14 inches, he said, including some nice cutthroat trout.
“We’re right on the edge of where once that water warms, some of those fish will come in more shallow,” he said. “That thermocline’s at about 10 feet deep and that’s where those fish spend the winter. ”
He said top lures lately have been Roosertails, Panther Matins and Z-Rays. Successful flies have been darker patterns with browns and greens (try flies such as leeches, woolly buggers, zebra midges, and prince nymphs).