We're just past 1:14 a.m. on the East Coast, which means it's the spring equinox and officially the first day of spring 2012. So the spring fishing season is officially underway, right?
OK, so many states don't see the general trout season get underway until the last Saturday in April, but it's exciting to know that spring is here. Spring creeks are starting to show. The trout are starting to move in, or in some cases are being planted in your favorite fisheries in preparation for spring break.
The first day of spring, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, began at 1:14 a.m. Eastern on March 20, 2012, and the equinox marks the day that sees the same amount of daylight and dark as the sun crosses the celestial equator.
And from now until late June, the days will only become longer, giving you more fishing opportunities during daylight hours (most states define legal daylight fishing from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset).
Many fly fishing guides are forecasting a banner season for trout fishing, being it was a mild winter for many regions and snowmelt is expected to be light this year. That means many rivers and spring creeks will be fishable on opening day, rather than swollen to the point where anglers will have to hold off until May or even June to safely navigate and fish these fisheries.
Should make for a great early fishing season. Let's just hope it lasts an entire year and that we get some more rain down the road. We're going to need it.
Kern River trout photo by Brian Milne.