Ice Fishing sucks!! I’ve had 5 days out on the Ice this year and only 1 fish to show for it– Thank goodness the Ice melted off 1/3 of my favorite Reservoir !! It was March 4th when we decide we HAD to go fishing in my boat . Brandon and I each called the Park and asked them to plow the Ramp for us- to our surprise they DID ! Well… they did HALF of it ….
So March 5th Dejohn and I showed up with shovels in hand ..and 2 hours later… we were the 1st boat on the lake for 2011.
Would it pay off, like it has in the past ??? You bet it did…. !!!
In 6 hours of trolling, we caught 6 nice browns!! the first fish of the year was Dejohns’ 19 incher. And not long after that fish I got my first fish– A 25″ 5.5 lbs Brownie- Not a bad start!!
We each caught a few Chunky lil Browns..Some deep , some shallow, some using rattles and some with none- -there was really no ” HOT” lure or spot this day- but all the Browns we caught were Healthy looking.
At 4:30 pm with a slight chop on the lake and high overcast clouds, I got another good bite- The fish splashed on the surface and I saw that it was a pretty good length- it buried it’s head and ran- & it felt heavy !! I had to back the boat up to get it because it didn’t want to come our way- and once we saw it next to the boat- we knew that spending 2 hours shoveling the Boat Ramp was the smartest Idea we had had in a while- Dejohn netted it for me perfectly !! It was the Coolest looking Brown I have caught yet– Great spots and beautiful colors !! This Hook-jaw was only 26 inches but weighed over 8.5 pounds!! It’s my 3rd biggest Brown to date- and second biggest out of this lake.
So we went back the Next day….but the big fish didn’t want to bite. We trolled all day for 2 Bows and 2 Browns- Nothing was over 22″ .
Monday March, 7th – I hopped in Ryan’s boat for an Evening Troll but once again the big fish had lock-jaw-…actually…… they all did- we only got one small Brown that evening.
Friday March, 11th- I was joined by my friend Chris and Mark- Right off the start Chris got a nice 24″ Hookjaw. The rest of the afternoon was slow – I got 2 other small Browns.
The next morning we hit it early before the sun was up.. but didn’t get anything for several hours. Then Mark caught a 23″ Brown .
Our buddy Nielsen jumped in the boat and we picked up a few more small Bows and Browns- It was a very slow day, given the perfect conditions we had for Trophy Trout. On the last pass, Mark got a solid bite and to our surprise he caught a chunky 24″ Tiger Trout.
It was a cool moment, Mark had been wanting to catch a big Tiger and he was shocked to catch it out of a lake not know to harbor many of them.
Nielsen and I were right back at it the following day, but once again ….it was SLOW!!! I had a good scare when a 20″ Brown got foul hooked and gave me a great fight– I thought I had a good fish for several minutes until we saw the poor lil guy hooked weird. The Hours slowly putted by…. and on the last pass, in the same spot Mark had caught his big Tiger Trout – I got hooked up on solid fish !! This one felt good with nice head shakes – I could tell it wasn’t foul hooked -so I knew I had the fish of the day- ! As it fought next to the boat we saw it spit up a big dead fish and then Mike scooped up the fish in the net… we had a nice 25″ hook- jawed Brown.
Tuesday, March 15th.. I was lucky enough to get out on the lake again and this time I was joined By Freddy Schwartskoff and Fries. I was planning on driving these two around all day… I didn’t care if I fished or not, just glad to be out with my homies.. Fries started eating a sandwich…?? So I trolled the first run along with Freddy- 20 seconds later BAM.. in the same spot as the previous 2 good fish we had caught days prior, I had another good one on !! After a good battle we saw it was a Big Bow. It also spit up a dead fish next to the boat- these bigger fish are sure eating good- Over 6 pounds and 25″ it is the biggest Bow I have caught out of there in last 4 years – It felt good to finally get a bigger Bow from our lake- I had just been talking to the Fishery Biologist about why there are no Big Bows being caught in the lake . Finally.. one in the net.
Fries and Freddy each got into a few Trout, but we didn’t get any more big ones.