"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope." John Buchan

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 16th, Ice Fishing with Alex @ Rockport

Well after the recent weather and some sparse info form the online forums it was an uncertain hope that Alex had to go out on the ice today as part of his Birthday. Last night we made the call to head to Rockport after seeing enough info to suggest the edges were solid enough and that others had had recent success for trout there. Strawberry and Pineview were other contendors but both we lacked enough information to go with confidence (or enough anti-slush monster drive). So we set our alarms for 5:40am and manged to get on our way just after 6:00am. When we got to Rockport temps were hovering between 0 and -1 (Fahrenheit). There was a thick fog/cloud layer right on the reservoir. Per some of the info we saw on BFT we headed to the main boat launch were we headed out on the ice and south about 1/2 mile. When we got onto the ice we were farm from the first ones there. I would expect that there were a couple dozen other camps already setup near the boat ramp or in other places we could see around the lake. We setup near a point in about 32' FOW. We did not have a target depth but tried to look for recent areas of activity that had signs of success. Between the 4 lines we had out we had offerings at the 12', 20', 25' and on the bottom. Just as we were setting up we saw signs on the bottom though by the time we got a lure down there whatever was on the flasher had left. Maybe about 20-30 minutes into things we had a first bite and pulled up a nearly 10' perch. Sized enough that we kept it. A while later we picked up a second about the same size. Then that left us in a dry spell for a while with a few missed nibbles mixed in. We moved all but one line down to the bottom since the perch had made a showing and Alex left the last line up at about 12' FOW to keep an option open for the upper water column. His line on the bottom was the next one to get some attention and he set a hook on something much larger then the perch I had pulled in. After a nice fight he pulled up a bit of a surprise for us (we just didn't expect it). A nice nearly 18" brown trout.


The next fish was a while later and I managed to bring up a foot long rainbow that looked healthy enough (not a snake), maybe a planter from last year? Then after a longer break Alex picked up a rainbow as well, though we sent it back to get bigger.


Shortly before noon we decided to call it a day. Things were still quite cold, even in the tent, and we had both been able to catch a few even though it was a bit slow. The sun by this time had burned off the fog/clouds that had been over the lake and things had slowed down a lot. We never though did get much of an idea of how others were doing. When we left the ice the number of other camps out there had nearly doubled (maybe not quite) compared to when we got on. So with others sticking out there maybe others were having a faster day to keep them going then we were, but we were happy with the trip we had. Here's a peek at what we brought home with us.


Hard to beat a nice day out with my now 14 year old son Alex. :) Happy Birthday Alex!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

!Fishing, but still a worthwhile adventure...

So early July we went looking at RV trailers more with the intent of starting to formulate opinion of what we wanted so that as we look at timing, budget, and whatever options we saw that we thought were things we would want that we could start to form up a checklist of tasks we need to cover so that we could get an RV trailer...

Well, as such any good plan is just there to be messed up.  As was ours, but in the end in a good way.  We came home that day having bought our new trailer.  We found a nice deal on a model that was to be moved out quickly as the new years model was already available.  Nice enough that it kind of helped answer the question of should we buy used to save some $ or push up to a new model.  Anyway, we ended up with a StarCraft Launch 24RLS (Link goes to the 2017 model, but the units are close enough for anyone interested in looking.

Anyway we got it home and made plans to get out for our first trip which we did to Starvation over the weekend of July 9th.  Was a bit warm, and we lacked the generators sufficient to run the AC, but it was a nice weekend.  Kids were ecstatic to have a trailer and to be able to camp out more often more easily.  We too fishing gear and float tubes with us.  Shore fishing was a zero for success, but we did get out Saturday morning for a short run on the tubes.  Alex on his and I was on mine...  Max was desperate to go out too so I first tried to put him on my lap, but the tube didn't sit right in the water with the weight that far imbalanced.  So I put away my usual cooler that rides behind me and put him back behind my seat in the triangle there.  My Outcast Prowler has a fully inflated seat base that also extends into that triangle area and this worked very well for Max.  He essentially lounged with his feat over the side back there and fished off my right shoulder.  Before we headed back in as the afternoon wind started to pick up Max had pulled in a ~16" small mouth bass and a foot long walleye.  Both were first catches for him for those species.  Alex and I also managed to hook up with a small mouth each.  Alex's jumped the line at his tube and mine turned out to be a hard fighting 6" that got sent back to grow some.  Rest of that trip went nicely and set the stage for us to plan our next adventure in the new trailer.

So this weekend we headed up Wednesday afternoon toward the Daniels Summit area trying to camp near the Adamson area between point of pine and mudrock.  We got there without any issue, though pulling through the ditch showed that I probably need to adjust the hitch to ride an inch or 2 higher up.  We found the herder camps in full force in the usual areas including the unattended (at least while we were there looking for a camp spot) trailers with dogs chained up.  Since we had brought Diego and Hazel with us (they both lack social etiquette in how they interact with other dogs) we opted to not camp near these areas and headed up main canyon to look for a spot there.  We found a spot a bit over 1/2 way up the road and took it kind of worried that we would not find another higher up.  In hind sight we could have found a spot or two higher that might have been as nice if not nicer, but this was still a nice spot with a fantastic view.



The obvious issue with main canyon is the traffic on it from ATVs.  We were off the road enough that dust wasn't a huge issue and the noise wasn't bad either.  The trees near the trailer offered some fun places for the kids to adventure and fort build in.  Temps were nicer then the previous trip to Starvation so the AC not being usable still didn't turn out to be that big of a deal.  Where we camped did prove to have some nice options for going on some walks/hikes.  So we were able to wear the dogs out quite well taking them with us.  They got to have a meet and greet with the local cattle.  Apparently their manners were not up to the cattle's level and the cattle left... in a bit of a rush...;)  Hazel I think thought it might be her off putting body odder so she even tried rolling in a nice fresh cow pie to be less off putting...  That didn't help with the cattle and only resulted in another hike down to the stream to bath her...  Anyway we had some nice hikes, kids got to do the kid fort/imagination thing, spent time playing games together, roasted foods on the fire with roasting sticks, saw some nice stars at night and aspired to do it again in the end.





New RV (!Fishing I know...) and 2 adventures, 1 with a side of fishing...

So early July we went looking at RV trailers more with the intent of starting to formulate opinion of what we wanted so that as we look at timing, budget, and whatever options we saw that we thought were things we would want that we could start to form up a checklist of tasks we need to cover so that we could get an RV trailer...

Well, as such any good plan is just there to be messed up.  As was ours, but in the end in a good way.  We came home that day having bought our new trailer.  We found a nice deal on a model that was to be moved out quickly as the new years model was already available.  Nice enough that it kind of helped answer the question of should we buy used to save some $ or push up to a new model.  Anyway, we ended up with a StarCraft Launch 24RLS (Link goes to the 2017 model, but the units are close enough for anyone interested in looking.

Anyway we got it home and made plans to get out for our first trip which we did to Starvation over the weekend of July 9th.  Was a bit warm, and we lacked the generators sufficient to run the AC, but it was a nice weekend.  Kids were ecstatic to have a trailer and to be able to camp out more often more easily.  We too fishing gear and float tubes with us.  Shore fishing was a zero for success, but we did get out Saturday morning for a short run on the tubes.  Alex on his and I was on mine...  Max was desperate to go out too so I first tried to put him on my lap, but the tube didn't sit right in the water with the weight that far imbalanced.  So I put away my usual cooler that rides behind me and put him back behind my seat in the triangle there.  My Outcast Prowler has a fully inflated seat base that also extends into that triangle area and this worked very well for Max.  He essentially lounged with his feat over the side back there and fished off my right shoulder.  Before we headed back in as the afternoon wind started to pick up Max had pulled in a ~16" small mouth bass and a foot long walleye.  Both were first catches for him for those species.  Alex and I also managed to hook up with a small mouth each.  Alex's jumped the line at his tube and mine turned out to be a hard fighting 6" that got sent back to grow some.  Rest of that trip went nicely and set the stage for us to plan our next adventure in the new trailer.

So this weekend we headed up Wednesday afternoon toward the Daniels Summit area trying to camp near the Adamson area between point of pine and mudrock.  We got there without any issue, though pulling through the ditch showed that I probably need to adjust the hitch to ride an inch or 2 higher up.  We found the herder camps in full force in the usual areas including the unattended (at least while we were there looking for a camp spot) trailers with dogs chained up.  Since we had brought Diego and Hazel with us (they both lack social etiquette in how they interact with other dogs) we opted to not camp near these areas and headed up main canyon to look for a spot there.  We found a spot a bit over 1/2 way up the road and took it kind of worried that we would not find another higher up.  In hind sight we could have found a spot or two higher that might have been as nice if not nicer, but this was still a nice spot with a fantastic view.



The obvious issue with main canyon is the traffic on it from ATVs.  We were off the road enough that dust wasn't a huge issue and the noise wasn't bad either.  The trees near the trailer offered some fun places for the kids to adventure and fort build in.  Temps were nicer then the previous trip to Starvation so the AC not being usable still didn't turn out to be that big of a deal.  Where we camped did prove to have some nice options for going on some walks/hikes.  So we were able to wear the dogs out quite well taking them with us.  They got to have a meet and greet with the local cattle.  Apparently their manners were not up to the cattle's level and the cattle left... in a bit of a rush...;)  Hazel I think thought it might be her off putting body odder so she even tried rolling in a nice fresh cow pie to be less off putting...  That didn't help with the cattle and only resulted in another hike down to the stream to bath her...  Anyway we had some nice hikes, kids got to do the kid fort/imagination thing, spent time playing games together, roasted foods on the fire with roasting sticks, saw some nice stars at night and aspired to do it again in the end.





Sunday, June 12, 2016

June 7th @ Strawberry

On this year's week at Park City, Alex and I headed up to Strawberry on our only day on the tubes.  Forecasts lead us to expect some slight wind, but for most of the time we were on the water it was quite glassy.  We launched over on the "free" area of the east portal.  Fish were breaking the surface all around us with some regularity.  Water temps were in the mid 50's.  So we both started pulling one line under a bobber with some type of jig under that.  Then casting and retrieving the other line, trying to stay near the surface.  After trying just about everything for the first hour and neither of us having had a bite I changed up a bit and put one line just off the bottom with a white jig and a bit of worm on it.  The other line I was letting run deeper as I retrieved.  We started to get some bites now.

So to give an overly short summary it was never "game on" really.  We had to work for each fish we caught.  Bottom jigging proved to be the best for us and often as my finder would chirp on a fish I could work the line I had down there and get a strike.  Most fish we picked up off the bottom were in the 25'-35' fow range.  Totals for the day were 8 fish.  2 for Alex and 6 for me.  All were Cuts in the 17"-20" range except a single Rainbow (forgot to take a pic of him as I rushed it to the basket) that I brought home for dinner.  One Cut was quite the "snake" and sure could use a few extra meals.  Here are some pics from the day:













Was a good day out even if it was a bit slow.  Still not sure I'm fishing Strawberry right from the tube, but were trying.  Wind came up a bit more near noon so we called it a day and headed in.  Was nice to be out with Alex. :)

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 20th Lincoln Beach, Utah Lake

So last weekend I picked up the start of a nice cold and that built up so that by mid day Tuesday I was about done in.  Ended up opting to stay home to get some downtime on Wednesday.  As I was getting ready to turn in though on Wednesday I saw the post that TubeDude had made the week before about the DWR looking for help at Lincoln Beach to gather up female white bass.  Hmm that sounds relaxing and a good way to "get better" and the weather checked out too.  So plans were made.

Loaded the vehicle up and set the alarm for 5am... Should have set it earlier so the obligatory 2-3 snooze presses would not have put me so far behind my planned arrival.  Ended up at the lake by 6:45am and was on the water by 7:00am.




TubeDude had posted that he might work between the boat launch and around the point to the L on the west side.  I've never worked that way, was not sure I'd make it to the L but figured I'd work what I could and see something new.  On my way out of the boat launch I picked up my first two fish.  One about mid way and the other at the mouth of the launch.  Both average sized crappie.



I heard TubeDude on the radio talking with someone that I think was Boat Load of Kids (BLK) comparing notes on their findings thus far.  It was not clear where either was, but shortly after a boat came past me and asked how things were going.  The voice matched the person Pat was talking to on the radio from what I could tell.  I gave him my report of how things had been so far and he wished me luck and moved on.  The weather system in the area made for some pretty sky art too...



Anyway as I worked north and a bit west from the lauch area making my way to the tip of the point I observed a few other bank tanglers as well a DWR boat that was setting up nets (presumably to see what white bass they could gather too).  I did manage to pick up a couple white bass, and a cat fish in between, though but nothing to suggest any concentration of fish.  I was in anywhere from 3' to 7' of water.  Temps I think were in the 58'ish range???




While in the deeper water (7'-8') I did mark a lot of fish at about the 3'-4' depth.  Figured they were carp as every once in a while one would jump and make a big splash.  Did not see any clumps of carp though.

The DWR boat came near at one point to say hello and make sure I was aware of their days efforts to gather up female whites.  I reported that that is what I was there for but that I had only put 2 in the basket and neither were likely female.


I kept on working my way around the point and I did manage to get to the first big orchard and about 1/2 the way into it before I figured I'd better start back both to not over do things and I was also not seeing anyone else really out there.  I should point out that this area of the lake showed me something I've not seen from Utah Lake before.  That is a ground contour that changes a lot going from just a couple feet deep to 8 or so feet deep.  Clearly the rocky base there and maybe the springs are the reason for this but I can see now why the area has some of the appeal it does.

I did manage to pick up a couple more whites and I missed over the whole day about 5-6 others.  So nothing to really celebrate, but still I managed 3 species and enough to take home to share with the kids.  None of my whites were female...



As I headed back to the launch I heard Pat on the radio talking and he was ahead of me heading to done for the day.  I figured at that point that he must have changed plans and gone south form the launch.  I managed to get to the launch just as he was finishing up his cleanup.  After posing for a pic for him we compared the days results.  He did better for cats and also manged a white or two more.  None of his were female (at least from the report at the time, a later post noted that some had under developed eggs).  Picked up a few more tackle craft tips as I compared some of my creations with some of his recent creations.  Was a nice day to have been out. :)