Friday the 5th i fished “Fish” Lake. When i got there it was a little windy and right then i remembered the anchor was left at home. A little extra rowing never hurt anyone, there were 2 other boats on the lake and one was rowing aswell. Since i couldnt still fish with power eggs off the bottom i decided to put some underneath a bobber, and with the other rod i used an assortment of lures. The fishing was slow, when i put my pontoon boat in at the boat ramp a older gentleman was taking his boat out and said he had got skunked. Well that didnt discourage me because i rarely get skunked especially when i target trout in a lake. Well after almost 2 hours with no bites and repeatedly switching spinners, i decided to tie on a Thomas Buoyant Lure, and after a few cast i got my first fish, a really nasty looking 10″ rainbow trout it had lots of parasites and stuff on it so back it went. After catching that fish i made a few more cast in the same area and decided to start rowing back to the part of the lake i launched from, i had drifted pretty far with the wind. While rowing i decided to put my rods out and do a little trolling, and i actually got a little landlocked salmon. First fish iv caught wile trolling since February when i trolled for Mackinaw at Crescent Lake. I ended up catching one more little landlocked salmon on the Thomas Buoyant lure before it got dark. Talked to the other boat that pulled out at dark and he was catching them on some fly i forget the name of and wedding rings, which is one lure i had on me that i didnt use. Another great day of chasing fish, hopefully next time out i remember the anchor.
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Now to the good stuff! Monday 10-11 was my birthday, and honestly for me there isnt a better way to spend it then going fishing. The last 2-3 months iv just been targeting Bass, so it was time for change and the trout at Fish Lake were in for it! Fish Lake was originally a natural lake that was enlarged in 1906 with a 50ft dam. The Lake covers 440 acres when full, which is about three times its original size. Located on highway 140 about 35 miles from my town Medford, elevation 4700ft so it gets cold!
I got out on the water around noon, and almost immediately started to get bites on chartreuse Power Eggs. Then not long after i caught a little rainbow on a panther martin. This wasnt too far from where i put in at, so i decided to go out further and test out my home made anchor. While anchored out there i caught the third fish of the day and it was a dandy. There was a father and son in a boat anchored parallel to me about 75ft away and i could hear the kid say “hes got one on” must of heard my drag screaming. It made a couple runs on me when i got it near the toon, it put up a hell of a fight on my little Ultra Light rod. After that one i spent a couple hours catching a small rainbows here and there. I caught around 10 rainbow trout all together, and one juvenile Chinook Salmon, on a panther martin. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are stocking these little salmon in the lake in hopes of them getting big and eating the exotic tui chub and fathead minnows in the lake. Im sure when these baby chinook salmon get bigger they’ll taste like kokanee.
I ended the day around 6 when the sun disappeared over the hills it got quite chilly. I had 3 fish on the stringer and 2 of them were really nice, the 3rd was a average 11-12 incher. I didnt take many photos this trip, my batteries died after i took six pictures. Doh.
Now for the sink shot 😀