If you remember, Yuki and I were there just last Thursday and got skunked. OK, so I'm a glutton for punishment. I got to check-in at about 7:30 and asked the young man if they planted recently.
Yeh, he said, yesterday. Cool, where? South Shore and the Trout Pond. I was at North Shore. Sometimes luck is just not with you. Now I could have gone to South Shore, but that would have added another forty five minutes or so.
So I took my lumps and drove out to the peninsula. Since Yuki and I didn't do very well at the sandy cove last time, I went all the way out to the only other accessible place almost to the island. That would be the island you can now drive to. You've got to love the drought, not.
As I pulled up there, someone was just unloading his gear and it turned out to be an old fishing friend. You might remember him from a while back, his name is Cliff and he hails from Oakley, California.
I put out two rods with rainbow Power Bait, one close in, the other far out. Cliff put out two with Crawlers. And there we sat until 11:30 when Cliff decided to head over to the boat launch and try there.
I, on the other hand, went back to the sandy cove and put my rods out just like before. While I was sitting there, I took a couple shots of the glass calm lake.
|Can't get much calmer than that.|
I'd like to say that I could carry the Float Tube Cumberland along every time I go fishing, but I already have way too much gear in my truck as it is.
Then just after Noon the fun started, the close in rod started bouncing. The fight was on. It wasn't more than about 30 feet from shore and the leader was only 12 inches. There you have it, Mt Lassen Rainbow Trout coming in at 2 lbs. 1 oz.
|First fish of the day|
Did I mention that it was hotter than Hell out there. The weather guessers are saying it was only 66 degrees, but you can't prove it by me. It felt more like about 90.
Which brings me to the next two Pictures. The first one was taken at 12:45. Notice how calm the lake is.
|The lake at 12:45|
|The lake at 1:00 pm.|
So patience paid off with two nice Rainbows and I didn't even have to drive all the way over to the South Shore.
Since we're expecting rain for the next 4 or 5 days (maybe) and Yuki and I are heading out to New Melones on Monday, it'll be another week or so, but I WILL get the Float Tube Cumberland out on that lake. Stay tuned.