Spring is definitely here which means beautiful 70 degree weather for a few days during the week (witnessed from my desk at work), immediately followed by cold, windy, and rainy conditions over the weekends (witnessed from my desk at home). Thatâ€™s been the recent trend anyway. This weekendâ€™s forecast called for the same but Accuweather indicated a half-dayâ€™s break between fronts scheduled to occur Saturday morning.
That was just what I needed to hear, so Saturday, come o-dark thirty, the tarp was peeled off the boat, my favorite 7 weight was thrown in the passenger seat of the truck (and safely buckled in of course), and I headed South for the Big Lake.
A quick email with Lee Haskin on Friday confirmed that the fish had indeed been eating recently with the added side note of encouragement, â€œâ€¦ Doug, the fish are fat, broad, and strong as a horseâ€! Man, he wasnâ€™t kidding!
These little 4 â€“ 7 pound dynamos were wreaking havoc on that little 7 weight! I could have easily upped it to an 8 or 9 weight but was enjoying the light 7 way too much.
The clear water provided the added bonus of actually seeing the hooked fish slugging it out 10 â€“ 15 feet down. Iâ€™m typically more of a colored-water fan as thatâ€™s where my confidence is, but a few more days nailing them in the gin clear stuff could change that.
And I canâ€™t help but think that the clear water had something to do with the brilliant colors each of these fish displayed. Translucent-olive dorsal fins, violet cheeks, and fins that glowed blue like a lit up doradoâ€¦
These LQ (web) pictures donâ€™t do them justice.
In conclusion: Fished from 8 am â€“ 1 pm with a nice interval of about 20 minutes between fish.
Twelve fish landed, the smallest went 4 pounds and the largest was a hair over 7 pounds.
No concentrations were found, each fish was “earned” working a lot of spots and a lot of water.
An absolutely great day though cut short by some nasty wind in the afternoon, typical of this time of year.
And on a final note:
I spoke to a park ranger on the way out that told me of a 45 pounder caught in the small lake a few weeks ago. I asked if they killed it and he replied with a puzzled look on his face, â€œOf course they took it, fish that size are rare these daysâ€â€¦