We got our butts kicked last week with storms and heavy rain, what a vicious low pressure system! The weather wasn’t going to stop us and despite the ominous warning from Mr. Weatherman predicting heavy thunderstorms we decided to hit the lake. As we like to say “the fish are already wet” so get the rain gear out and quit worrying about a little shower here and there! Ok, so maybe we did get caught in a few torrential downpours but we were catching fish and most importantly not at work!
Our first trip started out with a flurry of action on bottom as the lake trout woke up and decided it was time for breakfast. We had a half-dozen or so fish in the net and there was no sign of the action stopping…..but then dark skies crept in from the west. Frankie decided to look at his trusty radar app and with a “ohhh boy” (sigh) gave me the scoop on the red mass that was quickly heading our way. “I think we should have another half-hour or so before the rain gets here” he said with confidence. What did we ever do before all this technology? So of course we fished for about another forty-five minutes and blazed a trail back to the dock with rain stinging our faces all the way in! The 6 mile run was much more fun on the way out! We ended up waiting out the weather at the dock and decided to head back out later on in the morning. Once we returned we picked up a few more fish, although the bite had slowed down significantly. We also hooked up with two salmon, which both shook the hook doing their usual acrobatic routine about three-hundred feet behind the boat.
Christmas tree rigs with a variety of plugs are a bread and butter presentation for summer lake trout just about anywhere they swim. If the fish are up higher in the water column trolling spoons can be the most productive method and can be fished at higher speeds which can be advantageous when trying to locate fish.
The 4th of July week is looking pretty stellar and I can imagine the lake will be mobbed. This tends to make things tough as we find excessive boat traffic seems to slow the bite down and you generally have to work a little harder to trigger strikes. This usually equates to putting more baits in front of more fish and finding concentrations of fish using your electronics to do so. After all, if the fish aren’t there then you aren’t going to be catching any!
The past trip out was a good one and we found the best action to be right after sunrise. With no wind and bright skies coupled with insane amounts of boat traffic we noticed the bite slowing down hour by hour and eventually it was time to call it quits. It’s always amazing to me how each day is so different and paying attention to changes that occur throughout the day and acting accordingly can make or break a trip. Did the fish move? We hammered them in 90ft. this morning, but then they vanished. Where did they go? Maybe they were there but less active and hunkered down on bottom making them tough to mark. Maybe clear sunny skies pushed them out deeper? It’s important to reflect back on the day and try to understand why something happened or what changed so you can learn from it. It’s all about the fish and what they need to be comfortable and well fed.
Have fun summer anglers, think like the fish and you will catch the fish!