What to Expect in May
Hatches divided by half-month.
Super Major Minor Slight None
Ice and snow govern May fishing here. Snow can block the road until after Memorial Day, if the winter was harsh. And when the snow is gone, the lake can still be partially iced over. As the ice leaves, the first place to turn on is the area near the hot springs. You can tell where it is when your go through it in a boat: it smells like sulfur. Underwater vents release warm geothermal water, and that's the first place trout head in the spring. The south shore near East Lake Campground (the first campground as you approach the lake on the road) is another good early-season area.
For more information on May fishing, see the Lakes section of the General Oregon Report