Fishing Report – December 9, 2008
Wow !!! Arrow Lakes has been going off. Most days out we’re averaging 15 – 18 fish landed per day, and getting rainbows 8 – 12 lbs almost every trip.
So when Wayne and crew came up for 4 days, I thought my promise to him for a trout over 10lbs was going to be safe. On day 1 we caught alot of fish landing 22. Two 8 lb Bulls were the biggest, and a nice 7 lb trout. Then the next day we awoke to 8 inches of fresh snow. I still thought the fishing was going to be excellent. I love those dark days. The big trout seem to love it. However they apparently didn’t like the falling barometer, and the constantly changing conditions, as it was mostly small fish to 7 lbs. Day three was the same. Barometer dropping fast, and conditions changing constantly with different fronts coming and going. We dropped our speed, and picked up fish in between fronts. Lots of fish, but the big guys were holding tight waiting for the weather to change.
Day 4 we head out with high hopes. The conditions are pretty good, and we pick up 20 fish by 11:30 am. Then the wind does a 180, and starts coming from the north. We keep picking up fish to 6 lbs, but at about 2:00 pm the wind backs off and things start to settle down. We pick up an 8 lb Bull on hair. This is fish number 28 for the day and they’re getting bigger. We do a big circle keeping close to what we call the Deerfoot Trail. 15 minutes later the longline off the side wraps around the back of the boat and line starts peeling off the reel. A great battle insues, and finally Wayne lands a beautiful fat 12.5lb doe. We finally did it! The weather settled down, and the big guys started to bite.
High fives, pictures of the fish, and maybe even a hug or two when another fish hits the line. It turns out to be a shaker, and now we only have 2 lines in the water. It’s pretty much time to head home, so I leave the 2 lines in the water, and start to bring in the planer boards. I look up at the rod tip, and it pulses, then goes straight. Then a second later it doubles in half and the reel starts screaming. Donny leaps over and grabs the rod. What an awesome fight this big male puts on. Donny finally gets him to the boat, and the fish repeatedly tries to tangle in the motor, making for a few tense moments, but we take our time and don’t panic too much, and finally the 12lber is in the net.
What a way to end the day, and what a way to end the trip. We boated 31 fish that day including 2 – 12 lb Rainbows. In total we landed 73 fish over the 4 days making for a great trip.
Lots of great fishing yet to be done this winter. Hope to see you soon.
Tight Lines … Brad
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