Now that all the rivers in southwest Alberta are in full runoff mode, many stream anglers have shifted their attention to some of the local trout lakes. Most of these lakes became ice-free weeks earlier than normal this year, thanks in large part to the mild temperatures we experienced in March. I’ve been able to venture out to fish some of these stillwaters a half dozen times or so and the fishing has treated me pretty well, at least until the other day.

Lake fishing can sometimes be a bit of an enigma to me. I still can’t quite figure out how angler #1, who’s using the same technique, the same set-up, the same fly, and fishing 30 feet from angler #2, who’s doing exactly the same thing and catching fish, yet angler #1 is not catching anything … nada, zilch, zippo. That’s what happened a couple of days ago, while fishing with my friend, Terry. In case you’re wondering, I was angler #1 and Terry (angler #2) was the one busy catching all the trout. Terry tried his best to help me out and at one point offered to move his pontoon boat so I could try fishing in his spot. By this time, I was beginning to feel desperate and took him up on his offer. But even that didn’t help. Meanwhile, Terry kept on catching fish from his “new” location. The only thing different between the way Terry and I were fishing were our strike indicators. Actually, even those were the same … only the one he was using was bright green in color and mine was bright orange. Now, that’s what you call picky fish!

I’m not trying to brag, but by the end of the afternoon, I managed to land two rainbows. At least I didn’t get skunked, and I’m grateful a couple of fish felt sorry for me. Afterward, Terry wouldn’t tell me how many fish he caught. He probably felt sorry for me, too!

BTW … If anyone is thinking of picking up some bright green strike indicators from our shop, we’re expecting a new shipment soon. When I returned to work yesterday, I purchased all the ones we had in stock. There’s lots of bright orange indicators available, though. Who knows, maybe tomorrow the fish will prefer this color?