Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Prairie Pothole Potpourri
Experiencing new water is loads of fun. After a windy, rainy drive; we finally arrived at our destination. It was an exploratory trip but we were hopeful that we might find some trout willing to tangle with us. When we arrived, the swallows were all over the lake. Our brains shouted chironomids although the cold front slowed the fishing to a crawl on day 1. The lake was gin clear. The fish we caught were not feeding aggressively but we knew the weather was going to improve. Catching some large beautiful brook trout right along a road gave us all big smiles. Day two was windy and the fishing improved as the cold front headed east. Again the chironomids were moving towards the surface and the birds were very happy as were many more fish. Day three was perfect. We got up with the sun coming over the horizon. It was 6 am. No wind and we did not waste the opportunity to get to know our new surroundings. The fish were on the move and hungry. We caught some dandies and we lost a biggie right at the boat that would have been one for the ages. We were amazed at the aggressive feeding as evidenced by our throat samples.
The swallows were telling us to pay attention to what was on the water.
Larry and Rick
Larry smashed his brook trout record twice on the same day. Brilliant!
Three moose were feeding along the shore line all day. A cow kept her yearling close by.
Larry and Bob enjoying their new surroundings.
Most wetlands were full of returning water fowl.
A typical throat sample gave us lots of clues as to what to fish with.