The Lake Is Rising…

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I needed something to cheer me up after that Oregon Loss yesterday so I decided to give the lake a try in the morning. I won’t be able to fish it again for two weeks. I left the house at 5:45am and was on the lake at 7:00 am with the sun just coming over the hilltops. The lake is coming up slowly. The regular ramp at Basalt is in good shape. Maybe it because of last weeks rain or increased pumping but the lake has come up about 5 feet from two weeks ago. The water temp was 54 degrees and the fish I caught did not fight too hard or hit the flies aggressively . It was a tough day to say the least. I tried the old coves close into shore at daybreak and managed to catch all the fish of the day before 9:00 am close to shore. After nine, I found fish in the really deep water but I couldn’t get them to eat. I have problems fishing more than 40 feet down. When the water gets below 55 degrees, Ive noticed that the fish aren’t as aggressive . Seemed liked the fish today were lethargic and not on the bite at all. The Solonar Tables showed 2 of 5 fish. I tried fishing around the islands at Romero since there were 15 bait fishing boats camped out around the trash racks. I didn’t see any trollers either. I cleaned two fish at 11:00 at the fish cleaning station and the garbage cans were empty as were the stomachs of the fish. I guess the bait fishermen were having problems catching fish as well. Next time, I am fishing the fore bay for sure unless a report comes back from the lake. When it gets cold, I like to fish shallower water (less than 30ft) so I can slow retrieve without waiting so long. I think the Lake fish go deep in the cold months and one might have better luck in the shallow fore bay getting a fly in front of a lethargic fish. I went 6 for 6 up to 4 lbs for the day all before 9:00am so it still appears to be an early morning, sunrise game. Half an hour earlier could double my fish count.

2 thoughts on “The Lake Is Rising…

  1. Meng Syn,

    While watching your video I noticed the stripping bucket that you use on your boat. Who makes the bucket and can you suggest where I could purchase one?

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