This past Saturday was an great day to be on the water, and I was joined by Dan and his son Aaron. We found fish early on in our trip, inside of 100 feet of water, boating lakers and an occasional brown trout, and even a bonus king. The guys kept a couple for the dinner plate, and by 10 am they were ready to go deeper and find a bigger fish. We slid out to 200, and not long after our 300’ copper starts growling with a good fish. Just what we were looking, and upgrade to what we had in the box. Both kings came on flashers and flies, with our spoons fished off riggers doing damage to the browns and lakers. Best target depth was 50-70 down.
Sunday I had a couple of 11 year old fisherman, Brandon and Sam and their fathers, join me for a morning trip. All week I was concerned that the weather was going to keep us off the lake, but it held off all morning, with only a light sprinkle at most. Our game plan was to fish for browns and lakers with the down riggers, and get these boys into some fish that weren’t going to pull them in the lake. The fish were there, and biting, but we struggled all morning to keep fish hooked. Despite sharp hooks, and a release adjustment, I just couldn’t keep them on for these guys. Best water was inside a 100 feet, 50 to the bottom. A strong south wind kicked up and there was a lot of cold water pushing in, but the fish didn’t seem to mind, and we had a steady bite most of the morning. The highlight of the trip it seemed, at least for me, was feeding the seagulls fish parts, and all of us laughing out loud as they were choking down huge pieces of fish trimmings in one gulp.