Monday, July 23, 2018
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Water temp 60-61. Best depth for big marks, 48ish.
Monday, June 25, 2018
First day was windy from 6am till we got off the lake. Managed 4 fish over 24 inches sharpshooting big marks back in A bay; caught a bunch of dinks too. Some small fish in the channels. Overall a little slow. Next 2 days were slow and windy AF. First and second day the swells were big enough that my trolling motor ripped up from the bow of the boat. First day I just put a new lag bolt in and tightened everything up. Second time it happened I replaced all the hardware with 1/4-20 stainless steel with big fender washers, lock washers, nylon insert nuts, and red lock tight. Even added a few extra bolts. Think it should be good now...
We fished through a hail storm and huge waves..actually felt pretty safe the whole time. Drove around in it a bit. Trimmed the motor up and gave it just enough gas to move as quick as we could without getting on a plane. This kept the bow up really high.
The third day we found big marks in A-bay, we moved around every 10 minutes looking for a new mark. I got 2 really big bites, when I felt the weight of the fish it was like I hooked a stump. Both got off. I did manage to sharp shoot a thick 24"er. Because of this I ordered all the stuff needed to pour my own jigs finally. I also plan on look at a new rod. One that's somewhere in between by St. Croix and Fenwick. The St. Croix is great, nice and light, but I think the tip might be a bit too soft. The Fenwick is super stiff but also heavy AF and feels like it has no tip at all.
Saw some big marks on the 3rd day on the 51 FOW hump right off Shelter. No takers, I'll be back for them :D
Diane and I got our 2018 master angler patches and certs today :D
Used the new bigger net for the first time. Its pretty heavy and does not slide expand like our other net. It is a lot wider and the net is a little deeper. Still not as deep as I would like. The gunwale on my boat are kind of high, I want a net that I can easily hang over the side and keep the fish comfortably in the water while I'm removing hooks, getting ready for pics etc.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Water temp was 57 to 59. Depth was 35 to 50.
Monday, June 4, 2018
We left for Granby Friday at 3pm. Checked in to our hotel about 5:30. Since it was still early we decided to hit Monarch lake and fish a little. This was my first time to use my float tube. We both caught a couple of brook trout. I caught one that was pretty decent size and put up a good fight.
Next morning we got to Williams Fork at 5:15am! only to discover the boat ramp did not open until 6am. While waiting for the boat ramp to open I started to get the boat ready. It was then I discovered the drivers side windshield was completely broken. Glass was everywhere. I spent the next 45 minutes cleaning up the glass, my hands got cut up and it just sucked overall. I have a replacement on order, should arrive in two weeks, cost $485 :(
I did not let this stop me from fishing. We launched the boat and headed to a spot on the lake I heard about. I then spent the next 1/2 hour mapping this section of the lake with the sonars autocharting feature. Once I found a nice flat in about 50ish feet of water I started seeing huge fish everywhere! We fished for about an hour when I hooked into a HUGE fish. My pole was completely bent double and line was screaming off the reel. I pumped the rod and reeled in some line, huge head shakes, this went on for about two minutes...then the fish was gone!!! I was little bummed, but more just in shock and happy to have the experience. Managed to catch a could of fat 28 inchers. We caught some dinks the next day.
I know have decided I want to make/pour my own jigs. I also want to order some rock tamers for my truck.
Note to self: Some guy caught a 44" pike there that weekend. Pike bite is on.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
This weekend I set a new goal for myself. Calling it a 'hat trick'. A fish each in the same day from Granby, Willow Creek, and Williams Fork. The best I have managed so far is a bunch from Granby and one from Willow Creek in the same day.
That weekend I also hit Willow Creek and Williams Fork. Managed one small Rainbow from Willow Creek. We were only at Williams Fork for about 15 minutes before we got blown off.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
I definitely plan on going back to Williams Fork. I want to target pike but not sure how to do it from my boat with the wind blowing it around. Think I just need a longer casting rod.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
That said we still had a great time. We arrived Friday about 6pm. I was really itching to catch my first fist with a fly rod, so that's what I started with. I was using a clouser minnow that was really too big for my rod I think. Either way I caught my fist stocker trout within 10 minutes. This trend continued all weekend. Diane and I both also caught a few on conventional gear. I feel I got a lot better at casting this weekend.
Next I really want to catch something besides stocker rainbows on the fly.
Good fishing weekend of the 4th. We each caught 2 over 30". Diane caught the biggest fish of the season, a fatty at 36.5". Fords h...