Friday, May 31, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019
Blue Mesa 5/24
Today I found where the big fish had been hiding. Found them in about 28 FOW in Sapinero Basin. Diane killed it, I did pretty decent. She caught a 33.5" fish that weighed 24lbs!! I caught a 32". We also caught several more. 3-4 between 25-30"
Me playing grab ass with a trout.
The trout trying to bite me for playing grab ass
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Blue Mesa 5/20 and 5/21
Our RV site had shit wifi and literally no cell coverage. So today we moved to the Gunnison KOA. Great cell coverage but the wifi is down..wtf. Anywho, going to go out for a few hours tomorrow in Ceboila Basin.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Blue Mesa 5/19
We started in the spots we did well at last year. Caught a few browns and small lakers. Searched around a lot without much luck. In the afternoon we started doing better. Caught a whole bunch more browns and a few more lakers. I did not see any big marks on the graph.
Finally at the end of the day I started looking around near the Lake Fork boat ramp. Saw our first biggish mark of the day. Diane caught it, 28" laker. Then I caught a fat 24". Few more lakers, then I caught a 21.5" Brown! Only 1/2 shy of a master angler.
Overall we caught 40ish fish. Not too bad, but we did not find any big ones really.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Farewell Flaming Gorge, I barely knew you
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
42" Lake Trout @ The Flaming Gorge
About 8am I headed over to swim beach. While driving in I noticed a couple of big marks about 78' deep. I spent the next 30 or so minutes trying to get them to bite a 4" white tube. They really really wanted to bite but were holding back. They were all over the tube eyeing it. Then finally I got the hit.
When you catch a mid 30s inch lake trout they will do all kinds of head shakes and take off on a run ripping drag. This was different. It was like I hooked a diesel truck in first gear. Just a slow steady power walking away from me. I knew I had hooked into something special; a Flaming Gorge Hoss.
I spent the next 10 minutes or so trying to get this guy up off the bottom. I could watch on my fish finder. I would get him up 10 or 15 feet, then he was just slowly head back down. Eventually I saw some huge bubbles break the surface. This was the fish letting air out of his swim bladder. This is an ability few fish have and the only reason we can catch and release a Lake Trout from 80' down.
Once the fish finally hit the surface he was very calm and I was able to net him. It took a great deal of effort to get him over the gunwales and into the boat. The fish measured 42". I showed the main guide on this lake my photos and he estimated it weighed 35 pounds.
After measuring the fish and showing him off to the camera I put him back in the water and swam off right away. Ready to be the next persons fish of a lifetime.
Monday, May 6, 2019
Flaming Gorge 5/6
Flaming Gorge 5/5
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Flaming Gorge 5/3 and 5/4
Saturday was a little better. The bite seems to be picking up. Caught a few 27-28" and 5 or so 18-24". I hooked into a big fish and almost had it to the boat after fighting it for several minutes. Right as I saw the leader knot the fish got off :\
Ran into a friend and fellow lake trout fanatic. Small world for Lake Trout fisherman!
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Flaming Gorge 5/2
Up until 2020 models Lunds came with a plastic fuel tank vent on the port side bow. The vent stuck out about 1/2 inch and was easy to damage...
Got the sleeping arrangements take care of :) Got some paco pads to sleep on. Feeling pretty optimistic about this setup.
Last few short trips I have hit Geanos reef and Oconto. Geanos reef was a bust. Marked nothing all day, but did see people musky fishing on ...