Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Shallows

Our freezers were full so we decided to go look for splake in the shallows. Years ago we would fish for splake and lake trout in the 8 to 15 foot depths right up to the fourth of July. Lines went out on planer boards and two flat lines. The first pass came up empty but as soon as we turned around and hit a 8 foot reef one of the lines hit a fish, we lost it. Just after we reset it another fish hit and it was a 10 pound trout. We ended up with two more fish, a 6 pound and a 3 pound splake. Not bad for a sunny afternoon fish.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Foggy again

After another good breakfast we made another radar run out to the fishing hole. The fish were still there and Bruce's boat was on fish right away. We set up and started drifting and were soon catching fish too. Joe was in to "catch and release" and was hooking fish, pulling them up 14 foot and the releasing them. That was nice of him. We fished till noon again and then headed in. The fish were cleaned but when we went to put them in the freezer the freezer was full. The fire hall had an extra freezer so we hauled the previous days catch up there to make room. It is nice to have the problem of too many fish.

Friday May 25, 2018

Still foggy

After a good breakfast of potatoes, eggs and bacon we headed out again. It was still foggy and calm. The lake temperature was 37.8 degrees so you had to dress warm. Bruce was out ahead of us and started catching fish on the first drift. We arrived shortly after and did a counter clockwise circle around their boat. Dave said it would put a curse on Bruce's geppo. It didn't work, he was still hauling in fish after fish. They had Willy the fish attractor on board so that gave them an unfair advantage We headed in at noon with 30 fish in the coolers. Steak, fish and baked potatoes for supper. We did manage to kill a fine box-o dinner wine.

fish in cooler

Thursday May 24, 2018

Crew arrives

Everybody but Willy has arrived. The first task was to put the floating section of dock in. Out came the ancient pump we use for jetting in posts. It wouldn't start. We worked and worked on it and finally gave up and borrowed a pump from the fire department. Once we had the pump the dock went in, boat was put in the water and we headed out into calm and foggy conditions. Willy had arrived by then and was wearing some custom shorts (old worn out pants with the pants legs torn off). He had forgot his pants and had to borrow some from Dave. We tried fishing the 204 foot hole and caught a few. Then we moved to Larry's hole and there were lots of fish there. We ended up with 17 trout ranging in size from 4 pounds to 10 pounds. Time to head back to camp for beer and bloody Mary's. Crew on the two boats was Bruce, Emil, Joe, Ernie, Dave, Willy, Fred, and me.

Happy Joe
I think Joe had too many bloody Mary's

Wednesday May 23, 2018

Joe arrives

I went to the airport to pick up Joe. Plane was delayed in Chicago so I sat around and waited for 2 hours. The plane finally arrived and all the people deplaned and no Joe. Did he fall asleep on the plane and not get off? My cell phone was retrieved from my truck and I called Joe, he was still in Billings, MT and was arriving on the PM flight, not the AM flight. He did arrive at midnight and we did make it to camp.