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jeffnles1
03-17-2011, 08:54 PM
After far too many months of no fishing, finally the first fish of 2011 and some fresh trout in the frying pan! Yum.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/fishing/P3170008.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/fishing/P3170011.jpg

:smile::smile:

jross
03-17-2011, 10:22 PM
wooohooo! feels great to get the first fish of the year doesn't it? It doesn't matter how big, what kind or where you got 'em, just catching fish feels good after a long winter!

way to go.

jeffnles1
03-18-2011, 01:12 AM
Sure does feel good (and tastes pretty good too). They are just stocker trout but given how long and cold the winter was, getting out with a rod in hand is quite good!

Jeff

whitefeather
03-18-2011, 03:11 PM
Jeff,

Way to go! They sure look tasty!

I've got about another month before I can get some trout, but plan on going after some white bass on their spring spawning run here in a couple of days.

God bless!

ifish4wildtrout
03-18-2011, 03:35 PM
Good deal, man. Interesting dead trout storage device you have there, I like it. I always just whack them over the head and put them in my pocket. :biggrin:

ahighlan
03-18-2011, 09:28 PM
Brookville?

whitefeather
03-18-2011, 09:39 PM
Brookville?

Bean Blossum Creek up from Lake Lemon for the bass.

YellowWood lake (Brown County) for the rainbows. Only a few people even know about them in the lake. They are stocker "escapees" from the April hatchery supported in Jackson Creek over the many years.

They have been in the lake for as long as DNR has stocked Jackson Branch over the years with some real big ones in the deeper water. I usually catch them over the weed beds in March, in about 4 to 8 feet of water.

I've got a picture of the ones I caught there but it isn't in electronic media or I would post it.

Big streamers for the flyrod, rapalas and rooster tails for the spinning rod.

If your interested we can go sometime! We need a boat to get to them. They are practically out your back door.

jross
03-19-2011, 11:06 AM
whitefeather, I'd say the white bass will be running very soon, if not right now. Bad news for me; all the rivers down around me are flooded big time. Have you ever white bass fished for stripers/white bass? I've always wanted to do that.

whitefeather
03-19-2011, 07:23 PM
whitefeather, I'd say the white bass will be running very soon, if not right now. Bad news for me; all the rivers down around me are flooded big time. Have you ever white bass fished for stripers/white bass? I've always wanted to do that.

Yes I have. In Southern Wisconsin, I spent a lot of time in the summer with my cousins fishing for stripers, also in Lake Michigan, and fished for white bass in northern Indiana on the Tippicanoe River below Oakdale dam and on Deer Creek in Carroll county, with my father-in-law.

The three forks of Salt Creek feeding Lake Monroe have all very good spring run fishing for the striper/whitebass hybrids, "wipers" and for yellow bass.

ahighlan
03-19-2011, 10:23 PM
Whitefeather,

That is interesting about Yellowwood. I would have thought it would be too warm.

whitefeather
03-19-2011, 11:22 PM
While rainbow are usually "top feeders" or mid-depth feeders, they pretty much stay near the bottom of the lake in the heat of summer. The temperature down there as measured real time is about 57 degrees, so they have a pretty sizeable comfort zone. The lake is about thirty to thirty five feet deep at the south end.

I have never heard of any "fish kills" involving them in the history of the lake. I have a photo of a weekends take in mid-march a number of years ago, but I have to get it scanned into a jpeg to be able to post it.

I am going out next week during the overcast/rain to see if I can catch some of them off the weed beds. They are always a lot of fun (2 to 3 lb. size), especially on a fly-rod, and I am usually the only person on the lake. If I'm successful, I'll try to post pictures here on the forum.

jeffnles1
03-22-2011, 07:49 AM
Whitefeather,
Hope you had a chance at those trout.

I'm going out (hopefully) this evening to try for some of the fresh and stupid stockers at my local lake.

Jeff

whitefeather
03-30-2011, 12:48 AM
Here's the report I promised a couple of weeks ago. I had to delay the trip because of more winter temperatures that dropped about 40 degrees into the mid thirties from the seventies with rain, snow, wind, etc.

I also found out they had dredged the lake every summer since 2008 and lowered it to about twenty feet from thirty feet. Don't know how much impact that had on the fish but they sure opened up the head water area quite a bit. When I finally got there the weed beds were gone, as well as about 4000 tons of real estate at the north end of the lake, and who knows how much insect habitat was destroyed. The water was pretty stirred up from the spring rains as they flowed over the new bottom landscape when the lake re-filled. Lake was 130 surface acres. They added about 5 acres at the headwaters.

As a result, it turned out to be nothing more than casting practice with fly rod in hand, trying to fight the wind. But it was nice to get out into nature on a fairly warm day despite the cold water temperatures and no weed beds for the trout to school over in the shallower water. Water temps were ideal for spring rainbows though.

Here's some shots of Buddy, my yellow lab, the lake, and a picture of the trout my son and I took home from the lake one weekend a few years ago on a "better" day. That day it was spitting rain and snow, not quite 32 degrees, but no wind, and we were in my bass boat, instead of a canoe.

And I was the only one on the lake, except of course, for Buddy.


Buddy's first canoe trip. He did very well and stayed in place the whole time. Lucky for me!
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=577
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=577

Hmm-m-m.....ducks! Naw, better not! I might get in trouble!
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=576
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=576

Deserted boat docks!
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=579
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=579

Deserted pic-nic shelter house.
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=581
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=581

2 days take home catch for my son and I just a few years ago. 2 shy of full limit. These were stockers that escaped the put and take cull from the creek years before. They were put in at 8 to 10 inches. Hint! Newspaper columns are each 4 inches wide. Picture blurry due to photo of a photo.
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=578
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=578

All that paddling I did wore my fishin' Buddy out!
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=580
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=580

ahighlan
04-01-2011, 12:11 PM
Whitefeather, your photos aren't working on this post.

whitefeather
04-01-2011, 02:57 PM
Whitefeather, your photos aren't working on this post.

Well, don't that beat all! I just looked at them on here so I don't know what's going on. This happened one other time also. I used the [IMG} codes so I guess I'll switch to the http links.

Thanks for letting me know.

Anyone else not seeing the pictures?