Now, if you're getting tired of seeing pictures of Silver Lake, let me know and I'll stop taking them.
Got started a little late so I got to the lake just before 0900. I walked out to my usual spot and it was occupied by a couple gentlemen who had a few fish on the stringer already.
I walked to a couple other places and finally landed to the left of where they were fishing. In chatting with them, came to find that one was a fan of my column in the newspaper. He says he's seen me before, but didn't know who I was. A new friend was made.
I put one rod out with rainbow Power Bait and before I could put the second one out with a blown up crawler, I already had the first hit of day. It turned out to be a little 10 inch stocker so I cut him loose for another day. I left the rod with the crawler out for about an hour and then replaced it with a couple of those white floaty things and a new crawler, but nobody wanted worms today.
After a while I pulled that rod in and put my little Okuma out with an 1/8th oz sinker and a dab of Power Bait. They were biting pretty good, so why not go with 2# for a little light action fun.
From then until about 10:30 it was hit after hit and I finally got one about 12 inches for the stringer. From 10:30 to about 11:15 it got quiet so I snapped some pictures.
|Still some snow across the way|
|Bugs, you have to look close|
That changed today. I got a bite on one of the rods with rainbow Power Bait and when I got it in, it was the fish below which is a Mackinaw. Once again it was one of those fish that don't fit in the net. I weighed it at 2 lbs. 1 oz. on the handy dandy Berkeley digital scale. A rare occurrence for sure.
I would have let it go, but is was bleeding pretty bad so I put it on the stringer instead. When I got a good look at it, I think the reason it bit on the Power Bait had to do with it's lower jaw. Seemed pretty deformed from ??????? My guess would be that it was looking for anything it could find to eat.
|Look at the bottom jaw|
I kept five including the Mackinaw and one Rainbow in the pound to pound and a half range. All in all, not a bad day.