I have fished this lake before by invitation and have always caught fish, but nothing was ever very impressive. Usually just catch small gills, small crappie, small yellow bass, and so forth.
Well I fished it on Tuesday and caught some decent yellow bass, a 9 inch gill, and got broke off on several big fish. So I'm thinking, hmmmm.
I changed out all my line yesterday and decided to try it again today. Keep in mind that I am only fishing in 5 to 6 feet of water. Part of the lake is an old gravel pit and very deep, but the part I was fishing was just dredged out so they could build more 5000 square foot homes on the water.
Anyways, I start out catching a 6 inch gill and I'm thinking here we go again. Next I catch an 8 inch gill and throw it on the ice. Next couple bites are smallish gills and I'm thinking at least the action is steady. Next bite is a break off so I switch poles to one that has a tiny white Ratso with a pink head that I bought on clearance at the end of last ice season and BAM! I'm holding on for all I'm worth (not much by the way) this fish goes left then right then straight away then behind me stripping out my two pound test the whole time. This goes on for what seemed like an hour and every time it changes directions I try to get a little line back and hope it doesn't break off. When it is finally below the hole where I can see it, it looks like a striper and I'm saying, in this lake?
Well, to make short story long, it turned out to be a 17+ inch wiper. I didn't know they were in this lake either. I have only seen pictures of them before. Now I have touched one!!
The Ratso was all tore up so I tied a Hexi Fly on my other pole and put a beemoth on it. If you multiply the previous story by 2 it will save us all a lot of time. I couldn't believe I was able to land this 30+ inch catfish all on my own with 2 lb test. Its head would barely fit thru the hole. I never had stuck my hand down the throat of a critter that big and ugly before in my life!!
The kitty went back in the lake, but I brought these home.
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