Friday, November 25, 2016

Cold And Windy At The Lake

My wife spent most of yesterday cooking our Thanksgiving meal. I wanted to give her some quiet time at home, so I decided to spend the day at Lake Camanche. What a great guy huh.

Tuesday when Yuki and I were there, as we left he went by the cleaning station and found a couple guys cleaning more than 20 huge Crappies. He said they were caught on Rapala's although he didn't know what color or where.  They probably were in a boat.

When I left home it was 32 degrees. When I got to the lake it was 41 degrees and the wind was blowing pretty good. After check-in and finding out they planted Wednesday at South Shore and the Pond, I wandered out to my usual spot at the North Shore Day Use area.

As I pulled in, there was a man and his son fishing on the opposite side of the peninsula. The had caught a couple on white Power Eggs so I put out one rod with white Power Eggs and put a Firetiger Rapala on the other rod. Wanted to see if I could rustle up a Crappie or six. Apparently Firetiger wasn't the flavor of the day so I switched to a rainbow trout colored Rapala. Not that flavor either.

While I'm writing this, I'm working on a piece (about 5" square) of my wife's famous Coolwhip pumpkin pie.No, I can't share the recipe. It's a secret like the secret lake.

Since there was no interest in the Rapala's, I tried a new color Kastmaster. I rummaged through my "new lure" tacklebox yesterday and came across an orange/silver Kastmaster. My logic was that if they were hitting orange Power Eggs, why not an orange Kastmaster?

Apparently not.  

In between, while I rested my aching back, I used rainbow Power Bait and orange Power Eggs on the slip sinker rods. Nothing there.  
Now I got serious and put on the ever faithful pink Kastmaster. I figured I'd start out on the point and work back to my spot. Didn't take but four casts and I had the first fish on. Another one like the 17" ones from Tuesday. I didn't even have to take the hook out. Once in the net, the hook came out and after a quick photo, back into the lake for another day.

Big fish, good fight.
Unfortunately that was to be the only fish. Somewhere around 11:15 (I got to the lake at 8:00) I decided to drive over to the South Shore and take a shot at the pond. It's not very far, maybe 6 miles.

The first time I drove from North Shore to South Shore the girl at check-in said to just turn right at the stop sign, turn right again, then another right, and finally a fourth right to the South gate. I came around the corner and check-in looked like the 405 freeway in Los Angeles. It was packed 8 or more deep in all lanes. I did the only logical thing and that was to make a U-Turn and go home. I wasn't waiting in that line even for a stocked Trout Pond.

So that's it. Probably be back out there next week.

Stay tuned.   


  1. Mark
    That Pumpkin pie got my attention, especially with the cool whip. My wife makes a mean Pumpkin pie as well, with different spices, which really makes it tasty.
    Another quality rainbow, on a cool day which would be too cold for me. As I get older the cold weather causes more aches and pain for me. I'm looking forward to spring. Thanks for sharing

  2. I'm with Bill on this one. My wife makes great pumpkin pie and Cool Whip is the icing on the cake so to speak. But we're here to discuss fishing. Niiice fish!

  3. I, actually, made it through Thanksgiving this year without eating Pumpkin Pie with Cool Whip! Oh, it was available, but, I decided to take a rain check on it. I have a tough time recovering from eating all those goodies!

    Now, about that Rainbow Trout, another one bites the Pink...........

  4. One fish is better than none, seems like you threw the whole arsenal at them...except the pumpkin pie.

    1. Just so you guys get the right idea, it's not pumpkin pie with coolwhip on it, it's pumpkin pie with Coolwhip layered into the pie and then Coolwhip on the top.