2018 Spring St Joe Fishing Report

Sean Visintainer - 04/04/18

Idaho Cutthroat Trout

Spring fishing. Finally

Spring on the St. Joe River is one of my favorite times. A long anticipated season after many days of cold and snow. Remnants of melting snow along the banks of the lower St. Joe remind you of what kind of winter we have had. It's been a number of years now since we have seen snow on the lower St. Joe in early April, the plus side is we should have a great summer here and everywhere with plenty of cold water in our streams.

While hatches here have not been prolific yet, the cutthroat of the St. Joe are on the prowl for a bugs on surface. Mid day hatches of midges, bwo's, nemouras, and skwalas are bringing some fish up. Even if you don't see rises, blind fishing a dry will still find them. With the varied weather and temps of spring there has been times where nymping and streamer fishing is a must to put more fish in the net. Even as of late there has been some spring snow storms.

Good fishing should continue for the next couple weeks. I would anticipate some bumps in flows, the major runoff is still a little ways out until it warms up more.