Friday, July 12, 2019

I Need Some Input

I started Northern California Trout on January 7, 2009. The original intent was to tell local fishermen what I was catching, where I was catching it, and what I was using for bait.

Northern California Trout has since morphed into a Global blog. I've posted about fishing, my ancestry, and some other stuff through the years.

Now it seems that Social Media is where everybody is establishing their "adventures". Don't get me wrong, there are still some who blog on a consistent basis, but it seems that blogging has taken a back seat to Social Media. I've mentioned many times in posts and comments that I don't Facebook, Twitter, or Insta-something mainly because I just don't want to. I have a Facebook account, but I only use it for finding relatives like my cousins in Florida.

It's not that I don't have an audience. OK, I have 99 followers listed. I'm not sure how many of those still "follow". I've posted 1140 times and have had more than 700,000 hits from all over the world. Most from the US and most recently the Netherlands and Germany. And believe me I appreciate each and every one of those who stop by to read what I write.

I get a comment or two on each post, but really doesn't tell me what YOU think of Northern California Trout. So, you're from another country. So, you don't speak English. No Big, I have cousins in Germany that I talk to on almost a daily basis and several of them don't speak English. We converse in German. Google Translate is a wonderful thing. 

That said, my .com is due to expire in January. I waffling between renewing it or letting it go which will be the end of Northern California Trout.

I need some input from those of you that are following as to whether I should keep or let go Northern California Trout. I have about 6 months to make that decision. I'd like to hear what you have to say.

Thanks in advance,

Mark/Shoreman/ Dad, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa.   

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

It Started Out As A Recon Mission

Katherine and I are heading up to Hope Valley the weekend of the 18th thru the 21st. Since we've had so much snow this past Winter, I wanted to do a recon mission to see if 1, we can get up to Lower Blue Lake (Upper is closed for the year) and find the launch ramp.

Mission accomplished.

2, find out if fires are still allowed in the campground fire pits. Campground host said fires OK.

Mission accomplished.

So on the way back from Lower Blue we stopped at the West Fork of the Carson up the road aways from the campground and floated a few flies. Unfortunately too much terrain for me to negotiate so we went to a spot across from the campground. Met a gentleman from Gardenerville (that's in Nevada) who said the creek was planted the previous week and kids were catching and releasing "tons" of Rainbows using a green Powerworm and a jig head. We couldn't find a single fish.

Plan B - We headed back toward town and made a quick stop just to look at Red Lake. It was closed last Summer because of Toxic Algae Bloom, but open now. Might have to bring up the kayak and fish the back for Brookies. That's another time.

Plan C - Stop at Woods Lake and fish Woods Creek. Other than the outlet from the lake, it was too much for me to negotiate, but try I did. Only found a couple small places to drop in a fly. I took my 6wt, but my 3wt. would have been much better.

So, we're (Yuki & I) are standing at the outlet and Yuki is drifting a nymph under an indicator. Not much happening, but there was a fish breaking the surface right where he was drifting. Guess the fish didn't want a nymph. So I (being the gentleman I am. No booing or hissing please) let Yuki drift there 6 or 8 times and then I dropped a green Stimulator in a size 14 just in front of the fish. Second cast and a small (about 8 inch) Rainbow was brought to hand and promptly released. Sorry, no picture. My camera battery was dead and my phone was in the truck.

But before the camera battery died, I did get a picture of Yuki fishing for that Rainbow in the shot below. 

Yuki in the spot
And I managed a shot of the lake with the snow capped mountains in the background.

Woods Lake

I might mention that the temperature (remember this was yesterday July 8th) was 57 degrees with the wind coming off those beautiful snow capped mountains. Yes, it was a bit chilly upcountry yesterday.

Well, that's it for this adventure. If I don't get out before the 18th, Katherine and I will be back up here along with her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend. Should be some good pictures. 

Stay tuned. 

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th Everybody

No Confucius jokes this year. Just a picture of the old guy.



No watching fireworks for me this year. Last night we listened to the local fireworks while laying in bed reading a book. Damn, I must be getting old. Crowds annoy me anyway.

In case you don't get to see any, here...........

Fourth of July - Independence Day: History & Facts | HISTORY.com

Monday, Yuki and I are taking a little drive up to Lower Blue Lake to see if enough snow has melted and we can actually get there. Upper Blue Lake is closed all year for Dam repairs. That's a bummer. 

I'm sure Yuki will want to stop at Woods lake and fish the creek, so fly rods are in order. 

Our next camping trip is Hope Valley the weekend of the 18th so there should be some fishing then. 

Stay tuned for more exciting adventures. Boy was that corny. 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Yakking on White Pines Lake

Since Lake McClure was such a disaster, we decided to take the kayaks up to White Pines Lake. If you've followed this blog for any length of time you know I've been up there before.

Last time Yuki and I were up there it was a 25 to 30 fish (little Bluegills) day. I was anticipating such a day again.

Katherine and I took our time getting up there since it was Saturday. We left home about 10:10 and were at the lake about 11:15. It's really isn't very far from the house. We were on the water in the "his and hers" kayaks and I had a line in the water as soon as I cleared the launch.

It was just that, a line in the water. I fished near the reeds, out in the middle, at the far end, and just about everywhere else. NOTHING. Not one little Gill to be found.

I would suspect that because of all the people out there and there were a BUNCH, every fish in the lake was probably hiding as best as they can.

Double click to make the pictures larger so you can see the crowd.

The picnic area

By the dam

More picnic area

The one on the left is Katherine

A bit crowded

A lot of SUP's on the lake


This trip was a two fold trip. One, get used to the kayaks, try out the Yakgrips that Mike "Troutrageous!" recommended (and they worked awesome I have to say) and scope out the lake and take pictures for some friends who are going up there next weekend. 

Next weekend is 4th of July weekend. You think it was crowded this weekend, Huh, wait until then. 

Oh, did I mention I caught a small, about 9" Rainbow. No I didn't take a picture. Yes, I know that the proof is in the picture, but would this face lie to you?

That's it, I got out, I yakked, and I fished. All in all a pretty nice Saturday. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Camping At Barrett Cove Recreation Area Lake McClure

We had originally made reservations to camp here on May 16th thru May 19th. Two weeks prior to going, the weather guessers said sunshine and blue skies. The Saturday before the 15th, they changed to rain Thursday thru Sunday the exact same 4 days we planned on spending there. So we rescheduled for this past weekend. As it turned out, it started raining on Wednesday and rained everyday through the following week. A weather report is only as good as their guess, weather guessers. 

We got to Barrett Cove about 2:00 pm on Friday. We were scheduled to stay at spot C-15. We drove around for about a half an hour and couldn't find C-Loop. 15 minutes or so of that half hour was spent just trying to find a place just to turn a truck and trailer around.

Finally we went back to the beginning and when we found B-Loop I turned and low and behold a block or so up the road was C-Loop. AND we had a map of the place and still had trouble finding it. Wandered up the road until we found 15 and this is what it looked like.   

Space C-15

From the other side

You all know the phrase "If it's Summer, California is on fire". I've got to tell you, this place is a fire waiting to happen. Just look at the photo's below.


To the left of the trailer

Down the side

To the right

To the far right
Dry grass, hot weather, and all you need is some idiot to make a small spark.

BUT, they do give you a bear box to store your coolers. think the one below would keep a bear out?

Bear Box
I don't think it would keep a 5 year old out. OH yeh, prime Rattlesnake country.

Then there is the lake. There are two launch areas. 

From Launch are #1

On the road to launch area #!
Launch area #1
The launch ramp is at a 45 degree angle. I guess it's OK to launch a boat, but I'd be scared to try and launch kayaks from here. Not only because of the steepness, but the constant in and out of boats being launched and pulled out. Not counting the people who park on the side of the ramp (for what reason I have no clue) and jam it up including the Sheriff Department's truck and trailer. 

So we decided to go over to the marina and see if we could launch there. We found a ramp, not as steep, but only one lane (with cars parked along the edge, again) and boats in and out almost constantly. In stead of launching the kayaks, we opted for a burger & fries for lunch at the marina store. 

Later that day Katherine and I had a discussion about the kayaks up on the rack on top of the truck. Not a problem getting the kayaks down, but putting them back up would definitely be a problem. She just doesn't have the strength. 

Conclusion: We take the kayaks if we have someone to help put them up on the rack after using them (like somebody young) or go somewhere we can put them in the back of the truck instead of the rack.   

I WAS NOT IMPRESSED WITH THIS PLACE. 

End of story. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

OK, Everybody Sit Down

Ready?

I went fishing this morning. Please no applause.

I met Yuki at Lake Pardee at 9:00. I had reservations about fishing Lake Pardee. It's been hot and cold over the years, but mostly cold.

Three things happened.

One, I missed the first bite. Probably didn't wait long enough for it to get a good hold on the bait which was 3 green Power Eggs.

Second, got a bite on rainbow Power Bait and set the hook. The line broke at the top eye. After a few selective 4 letter words, I discovered that there is a fray/snag/rough spot on that eye so that even if you just tug the line, it breaks. That rod is on hiatus.

Three, I hooked up on my little Okuma rod to the trout in the picture below. It was with 3 green Power Eggs.

Only fish of the day
It was the only fish of the day, but when the only fish is 4 pounds 5 ounces, who cares that it's the only one.

Now you can cheer.

 Yuki got skunked.

Trying a new spot the weekend of the 14th & 15th. I'll let you know.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Rescheduled

Well, it didn't start raining today. It started YESTERDAY. Yeh, it's raining now and going to rain the rest of this week and most of next week.

WILL IT EVER END???????

Yeh, probably after all the song says it never rains in California. A lot they know.

Weekend of June 14th & 15th we're going to try Lake McClure again. Different space this time so I'll take photo's.

In the mean time I'm going to try to get out and see if I still know how to fish. Can't go upcountry yet. It's raining and that means SNOW above 5000 ft. Most everything is above 5000 ft. Most everything is buried in snow.

I'll do some research and see what I come up with.

Stay tuned. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Camping 2019

We have a plan. April we were going to the Santa Cruz Redwoods. May - Lake McClure, June - Rollins Lake, July - Hope Valley, and August our usual trip to Upper Lake, but this year my son and his family are joining us. September is Hendy Woods State Park in the Redwoods.

All of a sudden my wife's boss decided she couldn't take off 2 days every month from work, but if she wanted to take a week or two at a time, that was OK. Do you understand this? I sure don't.

So, April got cancelled. June got cancelled. By the way, we had already paid for these spaces. Cancellation cost us $40.

Now we come to May. the Freedom Express is ready.



 The His & Her's kayaks are ready.


I've checked out Lake McClure. It;s only an hour and a half from home.

Drive down to the launch ramp

From the launch ramp parking lot. 

The launch ramp at Barrett Cove
Last week the Weather Guessers said sunshine, blue skies, and low to mid 70's. Perfect weather. New lake to fish, new fish finder to try out, 2nd trip out in the kayaks. Remember it rained all Winter out here so we haven't had a chance to try out the kayak's again.

Our camping spot
It's a little bit gravely, some dirt around the edges, but it has water, electricity, and sewer at the spot. It's got a cute little gazebo over the picnic table. Not perfect, but doable. We're scheduled to stay Thursday through Saturday and come home on Sunday.

Well, on the last Saturday morning news, the Weather Guessers decided that it's going to rain next week. Not every day mind you, only Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.

I've come to the conclusion that the Camping Gods hate us. The Weather Guessers, well you don't want me to comment on them, and management where my wife works, all hate us.

Oh, did I mention that July (Hope Valley) got cancelled by management too? We've got that one covered though. I'm pulling the trailer up the hill on Thursday and will drive back down and pick up my wife on Friday. Who knows, maybe she'll be sick on Thursday.

August and September were not negotiable. We will be going to Upper Lake and Hendy Woods. 

Maybe we'll get 3 out of 6 trips.

Stay tuned. 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

All Right, I Know It's Been More Than A Month

It's been more than a month since I posted, but I'm still here. Yes, I've been fishing a couple times during that month, but when NO ONE catches anything, I tend to not waste your time reading about:

Skunk Wallpaper - WallpaperSafari
Both times
On the other hand, every day that I've not had something to do, it's been raining. It's going to rain today. It's going to rain on Tuesday. It's going to rain on Thursday. OK, I'll quit whining.

It's a good thing my wife thought I needed another hobby (genealogy). Gives me something to do when it's RAINING. Oops, sorry, more whining. 

One of these days very soon Yuki and I are going out to Lake Amador and fly fish the spillway and where ever else I can access the lake. 

So the only thing I can say for now is, stay tuned.



Monday, March 4, 2019

I Made It

OK, so I said I was going to go fishing on Friday. I lied. Actually I wasn't able to go because of something stupid I did on Thursday.

I'm not going to explain stupid, but what I will say is that when I do stupid, the next day I have a lot of trouble walking. You know, the hip and back arthritis thing. Friday was one of those days. 

So I rested over the weekend and went this morning. My first thought was to go out to Lake Amador and see if I could negotiate the side of the lake. It's fairly steep and mostly slippery shale.

When I got out there, wouldn't matter if I could negotiate it or not. The lake (due to the recent rains) was full of debris and the water was so dirty that if a fish would wander by your bait, it would probably miss it anyway. Besides, nobody seemed to be catching anything.

I took the picture below of the spillway. It had more water going over it than I think I've ever seen. Down stream the road to the dam runs right next to the drainage creek which was so high it was right next to the road.  A lot of "Flooded" signs around. 

Note the guys standing in the middle of the spillway. Not a bite.

Lake Amador Spillway

So I went with the old standby. Lake Camanche North Shore Day Use Area. The first picture below is yesterday's storm leaving.


On the way out
The next picture is tomorrow's storm coming in.

Wait, there's more
This is just the beginning of a 3 day drenching for Northern California. 

I set up on the little peninsula where I usually fish, but today I set up on the Lake side as opposed to the cove side.


Home for the morning
I put one rod out with rainbow Power Bait and the other with white Power Eggs at about 8;15. At 8:50 the first (and only) fish came to hand.

First fish of the day
A couple things to note, it weighted about 2 pounds. I noticed on the board at check-in that when they plant the fish are all 1 to 8 pounds, so a 2 pounder is not all that unusual, but you know that if you follow this blog. Since I wasn't keeping any fish today, I gave it to the guys behind me. They were fishless at the time. I did mention that they couldn't take credit for the fish, at least until I left. 

I might also note that this is only fish #2 this year. 

About 10:00, the sun came out, it got warm, and would have been great to kayak except mine was in the garage. We're getting closer to kayak weather. Need to try out the new fish finder. 

I called it a day at about 11:00 since I had a few errands to run. 

That's it for today. 

Stay tuned for more fishing fun. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

El Niño

If you've been watching the news, then you know Northern California has been getting hammered with rain and snow since, seems like forever.

We are in the grips of another El Niño. Lots of rain, lots of snow, and lots of flooding. The interesting part is that although Sacramento and points North are pounded, we (in beautiful downtown Jackson, about an hour South of Sacramento), have gotten very little rain.

Our Chief Weather Guesser drew a picture on a map about a week ago and put two lines on it. One just below Sacramento and the other about 50 miles North. That was where the rain was supposed to hit and hit it did.

As of yesterday the Russian River up in Sonoma County is over it's banks. Guerneville has been evacuated. Cache Creek is over it's banks. Closer to Sacramento, Dry Creek (North of town), Acrade Creek (in town), and that ever present flooding of Deer Creek when ever we get a little rain is happening.

Flooding on the nearby Russian River led to flooding in Downtown Guerneville on February 27, 2019. (CHP Air Ops Golden Gate Division)
Guerneville
Fear not, La Casa Kautz is high and dry.

The mountains, that's another story.

This Feb. 17, 2019 photo provided by City of South Lake Tahoe shows a car buried in snow in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.    Authorities say a snowplow operator inadvertently bumped into a car buried in snow and found a woman unharmed inside. Chris Fiore, spokesman for the city of South Lake Tahoe, highlighted the Feb. 17 incident in a Tuesday, Feb. 26  news release in order to urge safety precautions in winter weather.   (City of South Lake Tahoe via AP)
South Lake Tahoe
Here's the story behind this picture:

This Feb. 17, 2019 photo provided by City of South Lake Tahoe shows a car buried in snow in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Authorities say a snowplow operator inadvertently bumped into a car buried in snow and found a woman unharmed inside.

Cisco Grove on Highway 80 (Elevation 5643') looks something like this:


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Gas Station
I couldn't find a picture, so you'll have to use your imagination. At Cisco Grove there is also a Chevron Gas Station. You've all seen the Chevron sign at the stations, right? 


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This one
At Cisco Grove this morning the snow is at the bottom of that little red V. What, maybe 15 feet?

Can you imagine what Donner Summit (Highway 80) and Carson Pass (Highway 88) look like? Donner is just over 7000' and Carson pass is 8652'. Both Donner Summit and Carson Pass have been closed for the last day or so. Cal Trans is just trying to clear the roads.  

Still, this morning, it's raining here and snowing upcountry. The snow pack is currently 150% of average. 

Going to be an awesome Summer. Plenty of water everywhere. 

Last, but not least is Folsom Lake. Folsom Lake is a flood control lake. Keeps Sacramento from flooding. In the past I've shown you the dam at Lake Natoma just downstream from Folsom Lake. When we fish for Shad in May/June we hope for a release of 5000 cfs. Currently the release is 25,000 cfs. A lot of water going down the American River. Folsom Lake has a capacity of just over 1 million acre feet of water. Needless to say the water is going out as fast as it;s coming in. 

Summing up the situation, South of Sacramento, we're in good shape. Sacramento North, think boat. 

Oh yeh, I sent an email to Yuki yesterday and asked if he thought we would be able to get out fishing any time soon. He was right to the point. He texted back No. 

I do believe I'm going to get out tomorrow and soak some Power Bait. Rain due again Saturday and most of next week. 

Stay Tuned. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

That darn fish finder doesn't work.

I mentioned last post that I got a Garmin Striker 4, 3.5" screen  fish finder.

Garmin Striker 4 with Transducer, 3.5" GPS Fishfinder with CHIRP Traditional Transducer
Fish finder
Well, I got it put together. I contemplated mounting it on the side of my kayak, but you still need space for the battery. So I did it the portable way. You have a little tray about 10 inches in diameter that the fish finder attaches to, a little slot for the 12v battery, and a place to wind up the cord that goes to the transducer. 

So I put the fish finder in the kayak, opened the access hole in front of the seat, and suction cupped the transducer to the bottom of the kayak. 

I turned it on and nothing. Oh, it came on all right, but didn't show any depth or fish that I could see. 

So I called Garmin and told them the problem. Ran through all that I had done and what was showing on the screen. 

The Customer Service Rep that I was talking to then asked the definitive question. 

"Was the kayak in the water?"


Thought you might need a little chuckle this morning.   

Friday, February 8, 2019

I May Never Be Warm Again

A week in a nutshell.

Monday morning we had snow.

Monday Morning
Tuesday and Wednesday morning we had frost.

Tuesday & Wednesday

Thursday (Yesterday) I decided to take a chance and run out to Lake Camanche and soak some Power bait.
Thursday Morning
After I got my wife off to work, I headed out. Did I mention it was 25 degrees? Got to the lake about 9:00 and was set up with one rod and rainbow Power Bait, the other with white Power Eggs. When I got to the lake it was 39 degrees. Now I know y'all back in the mid-West think 39 degrees is almost Summer, but out here, it's cold. 

Just as I parked, there were a couple guys getting ready to launch their kayaks. I heard one guy yelling as he sat in his yak. "Little nippy?" I asked. He had stepped into the 50 degree water getting into his yak. I told him that's why I'm fishing on shore and not in my kayak. 

About 10:00 the guys at the end of the peninsula left fishless. About the same time one guy way out toward the island left fishless. 

That left me and a new friend named Peter from Sacramento. We chatted and I discovered we've fished the same places many times. Harrington Access of the American River for Shad, Sunrise access for Steelhead, Lake Amador, Lake Pardee, and many others. I'm surprised we'd never met formally until yesterday. 

Back to the cold. I had on my parka, Eddie Bauer fleece gloves, and even ear muffs and I was still cold. Either it was REALLY cold or I'm not handling it very well this year. 

I hung out until Noon and left. Peter was the only one that hung on. 

Between the time I arrived and the time I left the lake (fishless), the temperature had risen  1 degree. 

Peter didn't have anything on his stringer either. 

Probably too cold for the fish to bite.

Rain through next Tuesday and probably snow, again, on Monday Morning. 

Have no fear, Summer's coming. 

Stay tuned.  

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Irony Of Genealogy

When I started this journey into my past, they (I don't know who "they" are) said that if you don't want to know the answer, don't do a DNA test.

You know, because you follow this blog, that I write about fish, in this blog I wrote about fish for the local paper, I wrote stories for Sport Fishing Weekly. I recently did an article for Fishing.com, and I chase fish,

I mentioned, back on November 1, 2017 the name of my paternal Grand-father. After 72 years, thinking this guy named Joseph Dory was my Grand-father, I find out my "real" Grand-father is Henry Joseph Fish. Yup, I'm a Fish . 

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Yup, that;s me

I also know this to be true because I have several cousins that I'm DNA linked to that have him for a Grand-father. Ironic huh.

OK, mentioned my fish finder for my kayak. I got a Garmin Striker 4, 3.5" screen with all kinds of good stuff (I guess) like GPS, Chirp, and ipx7 what ever that is. I've put it together as a portable unit (I could have mounted it to the kayak, but you still need  place for the 12v battery) so I thought portable was the way to go. The transducer has a suction cup attached to it so you can stick it to the bottom of the kayak (inside the guy said) through one of two accesses (those round holes with a cap on it). For now, it's ready to go, but until it warms up a bit it'll sit on my other desk. Fill you in when I finally take it out.

Garmin Striker 4 with Transducer, 3.5" GPS Fishfinder with CHIRP Traditional Transducer
Garmin Striker 4

Fishing, maybe Thursday or Friday. Been raining since (seems like the beginning of the year) last Thursday night and is going to continue until tomorrow night. Might even get snow at La Casa Kautz elevation about 1200 ft.

OK, I think that's it for now.

Stay tuned. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A Little Bit Of Humor

I went fishing last week. Wasn't worth posting about.

Humor, I saw a tweet on National News this morning I thought you might appreciate.

Crime Cancelled For Cold.

We simply can not have criminals putting themselves in harms way at those temperatures. If we didn't speak out against this, it is simply not fair to the criminals and I'm not willing to risk it. 

From the Green Bay, Wisconsin Police Chief.

9:09 am Green Bay time. Temperature -18 degrees. 

I like this guy.

Hope you got a laugh from this.

Going to rain the rest of the week. Fishing next week.

I got a new fish finder for the kayak. Once I figure out how it works, I'll show you. 

Stay tuned.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sneaking Out Between Storms

I mentioned, in the last post, that we were in for some rain. Actually I mentioned we were going to get "pounded". Well, we got "pounded". Last Sunday we had 25 to 35 mile per hour winds (with the rain) and gusts close to 50 mph. So bad, in fact that Yuki had the roof blown off one of his lean-to's.

Since we're due to get more such weather starting tomorrow I thought it good to get out today. Probably my last chance for another week or so.

Earlier this week, Yuki sent me a Facebook link about trout being caught at Lake Camanche on grubs. I took that to mean Meal Worms or Wax Worms. So when I left the house this morning, after a coffee stop at Java Drive I stopped by Walmart and picked up a container of both.

Several years ago a guy at Bear River Reservoir introduced me to the "slip bobber" rig. It works well with Meal Worms and would seem to work well with Wax Worms too. The nice thing about the slip bobber rig is that you can adjust the depth of the worm by moving the green thread thing in the picture below up and down as necessary. 

Slip bobber rig
When I got to the lake I put one rod out with rainbow PB and the other with a Meal Worm. While I was waiting for the first bite, the fog started to move in. 

Fog is the white part
It really moved in and as it covered where I was fishing, all became calm. The bobber just sat where it was instead of floating with the breeze. Just as fast as it moved in, it moved back out again.

Somewhere around 9:00 I got my first bite, but missed it. I think I was just a little too quick in setting the hook. It was on the Power Bait rod. 

Then about 15 minutes later I got the second hit and this time I brought the one below into the net. Doesn't look very big in the picture, but I estimate about a pound and a half. Seemed like the going size today. It was also the first fish of 2019. 

First one for 2019
My friend Reuben (whom I haven't seen in almost two years) was there and he had caught one so I asked if he wanted this one to add to his stringer and he did. 

After that one, I rigged my little rod with 2# with a slip sinker rig and put rainbow PB on both rods.

I like to consider myself to be a "fair" fisherman and fishing for good sized trout on 2# to me seems "fair". Well, fishing for trout in Lake Camanche isn't exactly "fair" on the fishes part. The next bite came on the 2# and it wasn't long before the line snapped and he was gone. I decided to rig the other 4# rod.

As it turns out, that was it for the day.

So I'll wait out the coming storms and be back out as soon as I can.

Oh yeh, the "grubs" that Facebook was talking about are those rubber things with the wiggly tail.
Maybe next time.

Stay tuned.

Friday, January 4, 2019

First Of The Year, Last For A While

Not to worry, I'll still be fishing.

This was the first trip for 2019 out to North Shore Lake Camanche. The place where I usually fish was a bit crowded.

Can you say "Combat Fishing"?
So I bypassed that spot for one a little farther out the North Shore peninsula.

My spot for the day
I set up one rod with rainbow Power Bait, as if you didn't already know that. On the other rod I put 3 green/clear with speckles Power Eggs.

I let that soak for an hour and then changed the green to white ones with the clear speckles. I put on fresh rainbow PB on the other one just in case.

An hour later I reeled in the Power Eggs and started throwing Kastmasters. Silver, silver/green, pink, silver/blue, and then the green Magic Bullet. Nope, nothing. 

Changed the white eggs to brown/clear with speckles and rainbow PB on the other.

Took another picture to show how far out on the peninsula I was. That's the very end just beyond my truck. The whole peninsula is only about 100 yards.


Well, it was a bust for the first day fishing in 2019. Actually, I didn't see anyone catch anything so I don't feel bad getting skunked.

Now, the second part of the title. It's going to rain. It's going to rain starting tomorrow morning and rain until, who knows. The desk person on the Noon news said we're going to get, and I quote "pounded". One of those "batten down your hatches" kind of storms we get every once in a while.

So it'll be a while before I can get out and fish again.

Stay tuned. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year

Mike over at Troutrageous! mentioned we should do a recap of 2018.

OK, here it is in a nutshell.

Fishing wise, it pretty much sucked. I don't think (without going back and counting) that I caught 10 fish this year.

Health wise, it pretty much sucked. Four doctors, Two X-Rays, one MRI and all they could tell me is that "until your hip tells you it's time for a replacement", you're going to hurt.

I'm going to fish anyway whether I hurt or not. Actually I don't hurt when I'm fishing, it's the next day that I pay the price.

Now the good part.......

After a week at windy Upper Lake my wife was convinced that the Inflate-A-Yak just wouldn't cut it. We got His & Hers Kayaks. You saw the picture. We've only been out once since we got them, but can't wait for it to warm up to get back on a lake.

The family welcomed my Great-Granddaughter Mavis Ranae Bonnie. We were over to my sons last Sunday and Mavis is just about as cute a baby as you can get.

Mavis

Let see, what else?

Oh yea. The genealogy thing. Found out my Great Grandmother's name. Apparently none of my Great Grandfather's children knew their mother's name except Great Aunt Louise. Once we found the documentation showing that all the children (six that we knew about and two that we didn't) had the same mother, we had it nailed. More research to be done.

Fishing license. A lot of the locals still go to Walmart or Big 5 to get their new fishing license. It is so simple to do it online, I'm not sure why they still do it the old way. I got a notification from DFW that the 2019 licenses were available around the first week of December. Click on the link, enter your GOID number off your license. Click fishing license and second rod stamp and voila, it's in your mail box in 3 days. How easy is that? Even a caveman could do it.

I also have to mention our favorite commercial on TV. I know there are a million of them, but the GMC Black Friday commercial was #1. Click on the link.

OK, on to 2019. I'mmmmm back.