|Posted on February 1, 2016 at 10:00 PM|
Lake Level: Normal Pool
Water Clarity: 3 Feet
Water temperature: 53 Degrees
Fall time means great fishing here at Riss Lake. In late October every year the Riss Lake Fishing Club stocks around 1000 lbs of farm raised Rainbow trout. These silver beauties provide an unique opportunity for anglers of all ages and are a favorite at the dinner table. Trout thrive in colder water temperatures and are relatively easy to catch right through the end of June.
For the first two weeks following the delivery by Crystal Lakes Fisheries, Rainbows tend to congregate on the south side of Riss Lake. They can be seen in large schools cruising the shallow waters of the boat ramp and making aerial leaps as they ambush small aquatic insects on the surface. This is a great spot to learn to cast a fly rod and the best bite is early morning or late afternoon.
As the population of trout adapt to the new environment, the fish will slowly venture away from the marina. They can be found throughout the lake, but gravitate towards shallow coves. Cemetery Cove, Tri-coves and the shallows adjacent to the "Tubes" are always productive through the winter months.
Admittedly, I am not much of a fly fisherman so I prefer to cast for trout. The best equipment for this type of fishing is an ultra-light spinning rod with 6-8 pound monofilament line. The stretch of mono is perfect for hard charging, often acrobatic, fight of a 3 pound Rainbow. Lure selection is not as important as lure color. Generally, any small spoon in silver, gold, chartreuse, blue or orange will catch fish. Live bait including minnows, Berkley "Powerbait" and small crankbaits are also productive.
Systematic fan casting to thoroughly search an are is a good strategy. Once the fish have been located, repeatedly cast that area and vary your retrieve from fast to very fast. Trout are instinct biters and will often follow a bait to the boat. Trigger strikes by abruptly changing lure speed or direction.
Trout are not indigenous to Riss Lake and will not reproduce in our waters. For this reason, we encourage anglers to harvest their catch and enjoy them as a healthy meal. The best eating fish are in the 1-3 pound category and are simple to prepare. Simply clean your catch, add a pad of butter to the belly cavity (you might also add apple, onion or garlic for flavor), and wrap in aluminum foil. Grill on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes per side or until the meat flakes off of the bone.
It's also worth mentioning that RLFC usually stocks 5-10 individual Rainbows Trout in the 4-6 pound range. While these fish are not ideal for eating, they make for a great fish story for a few lucky anglers every year!
I hope to see you on the water this month and happy angling!
Co-Founder Riss Lake Fishing Club