Algae bloom has slowed fishing on Chesterfield Reservoir. Action on Twenty-Four Mile, Springfield, and Hawkins has also slowed. Action is holding up well on Daniels Reservoir with good water extending above the dead trees. Midging is the best bet, but small leech patterns and nymphs bring returns. As we cool off later this month better days are coming.
Fishing is slow because fish are running deep to find coolest waters. Exceptions are gulpers which are active on surface in mornings when surface waters are coolest and such as speckled duns and trico clumps are easily visible until wind comes up.
Fish are mostly at depth, so leeches presented deep or midge pupa at depth and under a strike indicator are the best ways to find action. We are past the peak of best still water fishing, but things will pick up. Springfield Res. has been slow fishing. Chesterfield Res. is spotty, Daniels and Hawkins reservoirs both have good water pool which bodes well for fall fishing.
Pretty much everywhere go deep to find fish in coolest water unless you see gulpers in action. When you tie into gulpers bring them in as quickly as possible, and revive them thoroughly in order to improve their survival chances in the warmer surface waters.
As is usual this time of year, action slows on most waters. As waters warm (or drop then warm) fish seek the coolest places which hold the best dissolved oxygen amounts. Usually these are the depths making fishing tough, but steady springs or sizable, cooler creeks entering can be refuges. Thus these can be potential locations for action. If it is not possible to fish at depth, spring holes, or creek mouths can be locations for action. Speckled dun flights or dry damselflies in the early can bring surface action on many still waters.
You might find some surface action early in the day from gulpers, but the summer slump is impacting the shallows almost everywhere. Here’s the good news: even with drawdown things look good for holding water to last through the fall months when fishing will pick up again. If you want to get out now, fish deep where cooler waters act as a refuge for fish. Thus full sink lines, small leech patterns or deeply presented midge pupa under an indicator will be the best ways for action.