Figured I would drag the kayak out of the garage and hit the lake today before the superbowl...saw plenty of fish rolling on the surface, but almost all the fish I marked were below 30 feet. Depths I fished ranged from 30-60 feet. No luck on the green/red nightcrawler tipped wedding ring so I switched over to a crappie jig tipped with nightcrawler and a crappie nugget, trying to catch a few perch...and what do ya know, two 13 inch rainbows joined me just in time to get home and watch the Hawks!
We fished from 8 till 2. Threw absolutely everything we had at them. We marked fish but we just couldn't get them to hit anything. We staggered the riggers and had one line on top all day. Just couldn't find the magic.
Heard that another boat caught 1 Koke and 1 trout. It's early still.
Kokanee_Slayer and I started fishing about 7am. I lowered a thermometer to 25 feet on the downrigger, it was 40 degrees.
He had been catching kokanee between 17 and 27 feet so we started at 17feet. He was using his go to gear and I started with a Pink Splatter on the downrigger at 27 feet and then stacked a small spoon for a dodger with a Wannafish A Lure Bloody Mary on it at 17 foot. I get a cell phone call from Cami of F24 and as I hung up about 7:30am I get a fish on my top line. K_S nets mine and then he gets one on. We get it in and then I try to bring in the downrigger ball (it has been a while since I have been fishing) I forgot to take the stacker clip off and it grinds up the cable and knocks off the bead and I see that part of the cable has frayed. K_S says it will be ok so we reload everything again but I put the stacker clip away and just long lined my second rod. I changed up a few times and caught a trout on the long lined rod with a Dick Nite orange / copper dodger with a Zray spoon. I let it go. We trolled around and it was 10:30 when K_S line is pulled out of the clip and he gets another kokanee in the boat. He was fishing at 30 feet so I lowered my down to 27 ( I was at 21 feet) while he is getting his in the boat my rod goes down and I have another in the boat caught with a Dick Nite Watermelon dodger and a Orange Thing.
That was all the kokanee we caught. It was a great first outing of the year. Early kokanee!
American Lake 3-17-14
The weather said no rain and up to 11mph wind. I thought I would try it. This is the first time this year that I have taken out little Olâ€™ Girl. I came with a rod and reel with leaded line to try and then my usual 2 rods that I could use for long line or downriggers.
Launched and parked just before 10am. Good. Boat didnâ€™t sink so I remembered to put the plug in. But I couldnâ€™t get the electric motor started at first. I had to wiggle some wires and I was off toward Russells landing but the wind was blowing pretty good so I let it take me toward the north and Silcox. I put in the leaded line 2 and 3 colors out another rod at 30-40 foot on the downrigger. I saw Trentâ€™s Clifford out between the island and the hospital. He hadnâ€™t caught any yet.
I kept changing the depth on the downrigger. Up then down again. It helped smooth out the clutch. I brought in the leaded line and put out one for long lining. I was on the northeast side of the island trying to put gear away and downrigger was at 19 foot because I was in the area that kinda has a hill and goes up to 36 feet from 60. I looked over and the rod was dancing. I got in a nice football of a koke on a Dick Nite 50/50 dodger and a Wannafish A Lure Green Agitator. This was about 11am.
The wind was getting pretty steady and it was really hard to keep it straight! I tried to stack on the downrigger but I could not get it out, the boat was almost turning around if I didnâ€™t keep my had on the tiller. So I gave up the 2nd rod and got one more bite.
It was just too windy. I was going to have to go in. Said bye to WidgeonmanGH texted Trent I was going and headed toward the launch.
I was trying to troll but was not doing well so I brought it in and tried to make it in the wind.
At the southwest end of the island I texted Trent to see if he would tow me to the launch. Then he took a bit of time and I tried to get [email protected] Bills but he didnâ€™t answer and my phone battery was 5%. Then Trent couldnâ€™t see me. I had to wave like a mad woman as I was being blown down towards Bills. Trent came and saved me redeeming him from the Merwin incident.
It was funny cause he was barbequing on the back of the boat and he got up to turn the brats and Clifford would turn towards me.
I made it in safe and the neighbor had fish dinner. I tested my battery and it was just down 50% so I think 20 mph winds are too much for a 46 pound thrust electric motor.
PS I took the temp in 60 foot of water at 19 feet and it was 46 degrees.
Trolled the first hour between 15 to 30 feet with no bites and then I came over a school of fish at 32 feet on the fish finder. Went over and did figuire 8's and caught my limit of koks in a short time
Went out with 3 friends for a few hours today - 5 fish caught in about 4 hours. 2 rainbows and 3 kokanee. Both trolling and casting bait worked. Weather turned really sour by 11am. The stockers are definitely in! Lots of folks out there with fish today.
Started fishing about 5:00pm using pink floating magnum about 3ft off of the bottom. 8Lb main 4Lb leader. Nailed 3 nice rainbows all over 12" and lost a monster due to irresponsible drag setting of my own fault. Thanks Tessa for letting me use your dock!
to fish. Fishing was great but for us, catching was slow. Kim caught a trout on a Wannafish A Lure Bloody Mary and a Dick Nite Copper Hot Orange Tractor Tread UV Dodger. I hooked a next year kokanee that got off by the boat. Kim 1 Toni 0
Not sure why there are not more reports from American lake on here? In years past this bulletin board used to be the go – to board for reports and collaboration. They changed the layout and now everything is so hard to find and it seems people have moved on to other forums. Anyway maybe I can get the American lake fishing reports started again: today was my 10th trip out for the year. Just a couple trout to the boat in four hours of fishing from 10:30 AM to about 1:30 PM. Trolled sling blades and Dodgers with hoochies and some wedding ring spinners. All tipped with Pautzke fire corn or Gulp maggots. Was marking a lot of fish off of the National Guard RV park area just not a lot of biters. Most fish marked between 15 and 25 feet all my bites came at 21 feet on the downrigger. I did have four on and three to the boat. I'm sure number four was a Kokanee. Great day to be on the water hopefully we can see some more consistent reporting here. Good luck to all you and fish on.