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.


  1. Hey Mark congrats on the first of 2019. It looks like your on your way once the weather lets you fish.
    Meal worms are deadly.

  2. Mark
    One of my buddies uses the slip shot rig and lands some nice catfish using the set-up. He fishes with regular redworms. I could see the grubs and mealworms working there for trout. Congrats on getting your trout to the net for 2019.