Re: Early season stocked trout in small lakes
I live on the west coast and fish small private lakes for stocked trout in the early spring. The stocked fish quickly adapt to feeding on insects and there are some larger, wiser hold overs. There are good Chironomid hatches this time of year and the trout key in on them. Effective patterns include sno cones or ice cream cones and griffiths gnats. This kind of fishing is a nice break from chasing winter steelhead and a tune up for river trout fishing later in the spring.