Monday, May 26, 2014

The Chironomid Game

Yesterday a friend and i made the trip outside town to a small private lake.

We arrived around 7:45 and launched the boat and headed straight for a spot that produced all of my fish on the previous trip. At the drop of the anchor we got our lines in the water set to 13 ft in 14 ft of water. After 15 minutes of trying it became apparent the fish had moved, which wasn't anticipated though it has been a month since my last trip here.

after no action at all and barely any surface activity we decided it was best to pull anchor and troll until we found concentrations of fish before anchoring and fishing chironomids again.We trolled near the edge of  the weed beds and ended up catching two fish, but spread out unfortunately. Early in the day i had observed fish rising in the upper end of the lake, but i thought that  they had to be warm water fish, because the upper end of the lake (near the inlet) is shallow, but upon getting closer we realized they were trout eating damsels and chironomids.

After realizing there were a lot of trout surrounding us we anchored in 6ft of water to the west of the creek channel and threw bloodworm/pupa combos about half a foot off the bottom, and within minutes we were in to some rainbows in the shallows! steadily for the next few hours we caught fat fish gorging on chironomids anywhere from 14 to 21 inches and length, all were fat and eating very well.we totaled 30 fish exactly between us for the day and did hook a few of the larger fish in the lake, but were not able to land them, A few fish even made it to the backing! it wasn't uncommon for a fish to jump 4 ft out of the water after a blazing run.

Water clarity was still sub par at about 2-2 1/2 ft, but the fish didn't seem to care like last time.Water temp only reached around 61 mid day and didn't stay high for long. Once it reached around 3:30 we pulled anchor and caught a few trolling buggers before  taking out and heading to taco bell for a much needed greasy meal.

it was a great day and was a good stress reliever at the end of the school year.

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