Tim's Roaring River Fishing Report





Tim Homesley has been fishing Roaring River State Park for over 30 years, and has fished an average of 300 days per year for the last 23 years.




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Water is clear and up a bit, really fishing good right now.

Water is in great shape, looks like its going to be a good opener this year, lots of nice trout in the water, a lot of 15"-17" trout that are ready to go.

With all the nice-sized trout, there are several hundred in the river that are over 3 lbs, a few of these are over 10 lbs, and there are a couple that are 14lb +, we caught all these over the winter, and at the close of the C&R season these fish were all still alive and doing well.

Start fishing at 6:30 a.m. on the 1st, lots of people will get their limits and leave, some will fish several hrs and some might fish all day, the later in the day there will be fewer people and the fishing for the bigger fish should be easier. Probably easier to start with a spinning rod, and when the crowds thin out, pick up the fly rod.

Rooster Tails, Mepps, trout spinners of all kinds will work great all day, but better in the morning. Black, skunk, brown, green, and metallic spinners work great most days. Marabou jigs, micro jigs, and little Ozark jigs will all be effective most all day, if the water stays clear like it is right now. Roaring River Specials, as always will catch trout all day.

Plastic worms will be one of the best choices for trout, the trout haven't seen these all winter and they seem to like 'em, so as always the trout worms will work great, the best
colors are the orange, orange/white, cheese, white, mint green and electric chicken. If salmon eggs are your thing, then have at it they will work great all day, but most times the trout will swallow them so only use them if you're going to keep most of what you catch, if you're going to do any C&R you're better off using jigs or even worms are better than eggs, but for a quick limit, its hard to beat a plastic salmon egg.

Water is clear, so the use of 2- or 3-lb line will work best, first thing in the morning 4-lb is a good choice, the use of a clear line or a green line like Gama, or Maxima will usually work best.

If you're going to fish in Zone 3, then the PowerBait paste and the nuggets will work well, nightcrawlers and minnows are good also, but you can use anything in Zone 3 so fish what you want.

Should be a good Opener this year, have fun, and be safe.

     - Updated 02/18/15




August 2013 flood photos: 










Guide Phil Glaze












Tim caught this 20" McCloud River rainbow out of Crane Creek. 







Here's a beautiful 15-lb, 31 1/2" Char that Tim Homesley caught on a trip to Alaska.




For the latest water conditions from the USGS, log on to http://waterdata.usgs.gov:80/nwis/uv?07050152 .













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