Rontoro returned to the lake this morning with his father and brother and found the same pattern: troll for nothing or very little and then throw out the anchor and dig around for the treble hooks and PowerBait and settle in for some baitfishing action.
After his father and brother left, Ron got to thinking about how and where he discovered the fish last year and went back out for some afternoon fishing. Leaving the dock he headed for the narrows that lead to the back bay and trolled a bit before seeing a kayak angler near shore who had been casting hardware land a large rainbow.
It was then that Ron remembered the first fish he caught last year were found close to shore in the north end and on the smallest of floating Rapalas in the Firetiger pattern. Changing course, he swung in very close to shore and trolled just above the submerged brush. Almost immediately he caught a large rainbow, followed by another and then another. By the time he had landed five Mount Lassen Hatchery rainbows, he noticed that there was a pretty good hatch of midges, so he switched to a bead head bugger and in short order caught four more Lassen models – nice looking fish in the two to three pound class, all caught by trolling over brush in the shallowest water he could maneuver through.
Sounds to me like in addition to trolling or casting lures, those who want to fly fish can do so from a boat or wade the gently sloping shorelines, casting buggers, matukas and maybe even midge nymphs. And, if the wind lays down a bit and we can spot some gulpers, cast some dries in their direction!
SO HALLELUJAH! PUT AWAY THE NIGHTCRAWLERS AND POWERBAIT, WE’RE GOING TO BE OKAY AGAIN. YES, WE’RE GOING TO BE OKAY!