Friday, July 21, 2006

The Drought is over

It's been a long time since we got a chance to post and with good reason. We've both been extremely busy with work and besides, we've gotten skunked about the last six times we've gone fishing. But finally, the spell is broken, the curse is lifted. We spent this evening at O'sullivan Resevoir and managed to haul in some smallmouths worth looking at. Mike caught the big one on a Watermelon Seed 4" Kalin's grub and a quarter ounce jighead, it's 14" long and one and a half pounds. The others were caught on spinners tipped with worm. We paid for our success, however, as the mosquitos swarmed us like something out of a horror film right at nine o'clock. We'll be swollen and puffy for days but we finally had some fishing worth talking about.
Until Next Time,
Good Luck and Good Fishing,
Eric and Mike

Saturday, May 06, 2006

More Wallies

We're back. We've been doing more fishing than posting lately and we have a few pictures to get up. We're currently in intermission of the spring walleye run. Right now they are up Crab Creek spawning. In the next couple of weeks they should start to head back down and they will be hungry when they do. Until then, here's a nice picture of Eric's 23" Walleye which we caught when we finally got the boat out on the water for real. We caught this one on april 21 and we have some pictures both older and newer that we'll get up in the next few days, we hope.

Until then,
Good Luck and Good Fishing
Eric and Mike

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Wailin' on Walleye

After a couple of really slow weeks, things are starting to look up in the fishing world for Eric and Mike. Mike caught a really nice walleye tonight at the Alder Street Fill. He was fishing a 1/4 oz jig with a 3" chartruese grub body. The fishing was slow and the weather was miserable, but when you have the fishing sickness, there's nothing you can do. Stay tuned for more spring walleye action. Things should be hot at the fill and at the spillways at the south end of Moses Lake on the potholes side. Remember that you must use a single hook on Crab Creek until you reach the downstream side of the fountain buoy. Also at the spillways you must use a single hook downstream until 150 feet beyond the confluence of the two spillways.

For anyone that's curious, that fish went right at 22". Stay tuned for more, maybe even another trip to Red Rock Lake. As always,
Good Night and Good Fishing
Eric and Mike

Monday, April 10, 2006

Life has kept us pretty busy lately so we apologize for the lack of updates. We've tried a few things since we left you last. We trolled Alkali Lake at the end of March, sorry, no pictures, no luck but we've got some ideas. Alkali is supposed to be mostly full of crappie, bluegill, perch and smallies. It's your typical panfish lake.

We also decided to try our luck on Rocky Ford Creek. Only tonight did I find out the the best bugs for Rocky Ford this time of year are glo-bugs. Still it was a beautiful day as you can see from the picture. Eric did catch this nice little rainbow. It's pretty small for Rocky Ford, but if the creek weren't catch and release only it might have made half of a nice lunch.

Now for the big news. The walleye are running at the fill in Moses Lake. Mike caught a fifteen incher tonight. The word on the street is conflicted on whether that is a legal size this month or next, so there are no pictures because the fish was released and the camera was in the truck (doh). The rules are changing soon and the minimum size will drop from eighteen inches to twelve inches. Some sources say that the new rules went into effect on April first and some say May first. Check your regs as we will do after we finish this post. As for gear, we're fishing 1/4 ounce jigs with three inch grub bodies in chartreuse, I hope I spelled that right.

That's all for now,
good fishing,
Eric and Mike

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Cold Weather Perch

Does anyone remember that blazingly cold Friday back in February? Well here is a photo of the haul of chunky perch that came out of Banks Lake that day. We were fishing 'crawlers on the bottom of the Coulee City boat basin right in the entrance channel. It was so cold that ice would form on your bait before you could re-cast. Too cold to fish? Never!
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Take Care,
Good Fishing -Eric and Mike

Winchester Wasteway Perch

Well, fishing this last Friday was a blast! Mike and I decided to go back to Winchester Wasteway and give it another try for perch. The water temp was up and the perch were definitely biting. After about 30 minutes of pulling in fish after fish on bait rigs, we decided to diversify our offerings. Image hosting by Photobucket Image hosting by Photobucket

As you can see, we had action on both crappie jigs fished with a fiberglass "cane-pole"; and surprise, surprise Mike caught a few on his fly rod. He was using a size 16 bead head hare's ear and had a blast watching his line jump when the little guys picked it up. The fish were definitely not as large as the ones that we have been regularly pulling out of Moses Lake for the past month and a half, but they were much better fighters.
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One of the hearty fishermen that came out that day to join in the bounty of perch was Blake McCracken of Wenatchee. Although only 41/2 years old, he was putting the whuppin on the perch like an old pro. (With some help from his father of course) The McCrackens were fishing nightcrawlers under slip bobbers. It sure was fun to watch those floats dance when the perch litterally attacked the bait.

The Winchester Wasteway at Rd. 5 and the Alder St. Bridge in Moses Lake should continue to give solid perch action for the next few weeks. Be sure if you have the chance to take a kid fishing right now. There is nothing like the pre-spawn perch bite to get a kid hooked on fishing for life.

That's all for now,
Good Fishing - Eric and Mike

Friday, March 03, 2006

Perch Jerkin' in February

Welcome to the first official news on our fishing blog. We've been working on getting some pictures together and we think we've got everything figured out now. Eric and Mike usually fish together on Fridays and seperately the rest of the week so most of the really good stuff is going to be from Fridays. Our first entry is from February 24, 2006. We started out at Red Rock Lake near Royal City. Red Rock Lake is an overlooked fishery, possibly due to its location. WDFW reports (they're out there, but we're not going to do all your work for you) cite large populations of perch, crappie, pumpkinseed, and bass. Tiger Muskie were also introduced in the late 1990s in an attempt to control the panfish populations. They haven't succeeded but they are beginning to reach sizes over 24".

We fished along both sides of the dike and along both banks for 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the dike. Unfortunately, the weather was still cool and the panfish were not active on the silt bottom and we did not find good rock bottom within the distance we felt like hiking. We'll revisit Red Rock Lake as the weather warms and the water level rises. We plan to fish from a boat as there is a primitive boat launch and the lake is pretty large to be hiking around and still get any fishing done.

Since we couldn't catch a cold at Red Rock, we decided to try our old standby. We spent two hours or so at the Alder Street Fill in Moses Lake. They call it perch jerkin' because it seems like you're just pulling up one fish after another like you're pulling them out of a barrel. Under the bridge we caught sixteen perch that we considered reasonable keepers. We also caught a number of crappie and a couple of blue gill but they were all undersized (Minimum 10" with a 5 fish daily limit). We were catching a lot of walleye jacks in the 6-10" range. They're hungry little fellas and they're definitely down at the fill. Our preferred rig for the fill is actually two rigs. We like to fish a flip-tail jig or a crappie jig under the smallest pencil float or slip bobber we can find. The fish are hitting pretty lightly and they weren't taking anything larger under the surface. We also like to dropshot when we're at the fill, or anywhere else for that matter with a small piece of nightcrawler of fish eye. If you're unfamiliar with dropshotting, we'll probably do a post with some diagrams and such later on. Like we said, we're still trying to decide exactly what we're going to do here and how detailed we're going to get. Look for reports on Banks Lake, Martha Lake, Alkali Lake and several others in the near future. For now,

Good Night and Good Fishing
Eric and Mike

Jerkin at the fill.

Largest fish of the day.