Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Just A Quick Trip Before The Storm

Started the morning with breakfast with my son Ken. My Grand-Daughter is getting married December 21st, so I wanted to find out what was going on a little bit early. That and bring him up to date on the Genealogy hunt.

Then I headed out to North Shore Lake Camanche. A couple posts ago I mentioned 4500 lbs and 1200 lbs planted. Last week they planted another 800 lbs at North, South, and the Pond. They are those wonderful Mt. Lassen Rainbows with the orange meat.

We have a big storm coming, tonight I think, so I decided to see if I could sneak in a couple hours of PB soaking. 

Got to the lake at about 9:15 and put two rods out with rainbow PB. Lake sure looked different from when I left back on the 8th.

Sunshine & blue skies

Even other people fishing out there.
The others had the same idea I had. Sneak in a couple hours before the storm.

First, and only fish of the day came about 10:15. Notice the beaten up tail. It's tough being a hatchery trout.
About 2 lbs
I took a photo and then sent him back for someone else to catch. A nice size, about 2 lbs, but before I sent him back I asked the guys behind me if they wanted it to go with the one they caught, but they said no and back he went. First downcountry trout this Fall.

After that, nothing. I tried Kastmasters in a few colors and Power Eggs in white with a Mice Tail, but nothing seemed to be interested or the fish are already widely dispersed. The Kastmaster was a test of sorts. For the last two years silver has been the color of choice as was pink the previous three years. Haven't found the right color this year it seems.

Hey, there's always next time.

The said storm I mentioned above is heavy rain with 30 to 40 mph winds (per the weather guessers) and not very conducive to fishing.

I'll be back out again soon.

Stay tuned.


  1. Racing against the weather. I feel like I'm always doing that, with time, as well. I never win. Good on you to get out, Mark! Glad you were able to feel a pull at the end of your line. That fish is really beat up.

  2. Mark if only they could raise those fish in natural ponds. A short and productive outing.

  3. That's a beauty Mark. It's too bad that life in a hatchery is so hard on these guys. Looking forward to more after the storm passes.

  4. Mark
    Nice 2 pounder a lot of trout dumped---what length rod do you normal use when landing trout in the lakes you fish?
    The reason I'm asking is some years ago while fishing for catfish on Smith, I decided I would go with a longer rod, 7 1/2 ft. to 8 ft. to mimic fishing with my fly rod----it worked for me, of course the fish couldn't tell the difference weather I was fishing with my 5' 8" or my 6' as opposed to me landing them with the fly rod mimic rods------but I could, took a little longer to land the catfish with the longer rods which I didn't mind.

    1. Hi Bill. One rod is a 6'6" fast action with 4#. The other is a 6' medium action with 4#. For lures I use my Okuma Safina 6' light action with 2# fluorocarbon. Nothing like a 5# Rainbow on 2# test.