Springfield Reservoir remains the only one in the region free of hard water. Look for others to start coming ice-free by mid April. At Springfield slowly trolling small leech patterns on an intermediate line produces. So does fishing midge pupa under a strike indicator. The trick is finding the taking depth.
Springfield Reservoir has been free of ice for some time. It is open to year round fishing. Recently small leech patterns presented on intermediate lines have been producing when trolled or retrieved slowly. The water is about a foot low and still somewhat cold. But as we warm up with longer days midge activity will increase and the use of pupa patterns below an indicator will become more productive. Week days will be less crowded than weekends.
Almost anywhere midge pupa pattern underneath a strike indicator will take fish. all you must do is find the taking depth. Folks are picking up fish on fall color leech patterns on Chesterfield, Daniels, Twenty-four Mile, and Hawkins. Springfield has been the slowest of the bunch, but action there always picks up towards the end of this month.
Action is really picking up on most of these. Try fall color leeches on Chesterfield Reservoir where algae bloom is nearly gone. Use same color leeches on Daniels Reservoir, but prince and hare’s ear nymphs are working. A few callibaetis remain on Hawkins Reservoir. Of course midge pupa under a strike indicator will work on all these when you find the taking depth. Springfield Res. seems to be the slowest of the bunch, but action there will pick up as we move towards the end of the month.
That Chesterfield and Daniels reservoirs are now filling is good news for next year. Using midge pupa patterns under an indicator is producing well in both places provided one can find the taking depth. Weeds are starting to break up on Springfield Reservoir, so more open water is available there. Midge pupa and small leech patterns will work there.