Originally posted by: rodrigo on 9/20/2007 6:16:34 PM
Lake Lotawana September 15, 2007
I fished with Keith. Yesterdays high was 64* and the low was 44*. The average temp for that day is 80*high and a 61* low. There were clouds and 40% chance of rain. I almost bagged the whole fishing trip, but I couldnâ€™t find another day to fish before LBT needed the tie. In fact it was so cold, on the low side we were only 2 degrees above the coldest record ever recorded.
It was to be an evening trip, because thatâ€™s what worked and it didnâ€™t seem to be coming together at all. Hereâ€™s the deal, I fish when I get to fish, so I had Keith come over and we went. No more than a minute out of the ramp, I hooked up.
I know the picture is blurry, I couldnâ€™t figure out why until I wiped the crud from the lens of my camera phone prior to writing this up. Anyway I was trolling this. Itâ€™s a Lewâ€™s Speed Vibrator. Over Labor Day Weekend it had caught a 3# 15oz LMB and another 3# 13oz fish. It seems that this year, the yellows, golds, and firetigers were the colors for crankbaits. I was worried that was going to be the only fish caught, but as we progressed down the dam, I was able to hook up with a couple of other fish. Aside from that crappie, everything else I caught was a LMB, but Keith caught nothing. So we moved.
Both of us caught fish here. Itâ€™s by this interesting cove that always holds fish. On the map, itâ€™s the red line over the orange lines. The orange lines represent and underwater reef for lack of a better word. Itâ€™s interesting because this structure comes up to less than 5 feet and drops off on either side to over 9 feet very quickly. Interestingly, we only caught fish going from the north to the south.
The long line running north and south is the dam. The far left red dot is my momâ€™s house and we went and tried catching catfish, unsuccessfully. I kept getting nibbles on one line that had a green sunfish head on it, but we had to leave to make it home before it got too late.
The red dot that is on the right is where I hooked a catfish while trolling to the ramp. Catfish are funny because when you hook them while trolling, often theyâ€™ll just get towed along for a while. Somewhere along the way they realize that something is wrong and try to fix it by swimming away with all of their might. I was telling Keith this as the fish decided it had enough of whatever was happening and began taking out line. Suddenly everything was gone. I knew Iâ€™d lost the fish and seriously suspected Iâ€™d lost the lure also. I was wondering what came undone and suspected it was where I connected the flouro to the powerpro. I was wrong. My knot slipped on the clip. I couldnâ€™t believe that, but it was true.
Weâ€™d have taken more blurry pictures, but it was night and nothing we caught was worth trying to get all of the flashlights set up to record a decent picture.
The tie and several disks leave tomorrow. Sign me up again when Turnip's tour is done or 5 years is up, whichever comes first.