Dialed on Depth: April 4th, 2011

Even though it was 37 degrees outside both jeff and I got a fairly good night of sleep. We rolled out of the tents around 6:30 and got our gear ready and breakfast made so that we could be fishing ASAP.

I was first to get on the water and decided to fish up close to the launch since Tyler did well in that spot he day before. I got my setup on, black leech under and indicator and drifted it in 8′ of water and gave a little tug and down the indicator went down. A few minutes later a green color wasn’t indicative of a trout but rather it was a largemouth bass. The second fish was also a bass and then I finally caught to plump trout. Jeff even caught a turtle, yes a turtle on the bloodworm.  Its more likely that Mr. Turtle got tangled up in the flurocarbon and the hook set itself in his leg, but we did get a good laugh at that one.

I wanted to fish a bay that was occupied yesterday with the guys from OR and their Willie driftboat. In fact they didn’t move once all day so I figured they were catching fish. I started hooking more fish in that spot and by then Jeff came over and anchored down.

I went through a very good period where I was hooking fish consistently but after an hour it went slow. Jeff was hooking fish but I was having a tough time. He finally asked me how long my leader was and I said 6′ since we were sitting 7′ of water. He suggested I increase a foot and half and try it again. Back to the honey hole and I was catching fish again. What happened? I know now that when it went dead the wind was a factor and when I adjusted I was back to catching fish. A big aha moment when it comes to Chironomid fishing.

I landed 11 fish with mostly 16-17″ and one that pushed a little over 19″. Jeff landed 14 fish and also averaged the same size. While most of you would think that a fish would be small it wasn’t. They were full bodied, big shouldered and full of deep long runs.  I would venture to say that I think Coffeepot has the potential to be the best stillwater lake in the state, with its deep shouldered and large average fish size, great biodiversity of food and the scenery that isn’t as nice as Dry Falls, but is fairly similar in the way the lake was carved out and overlooking many high basalt cliffs.

By 2:30 the wind was at it’s fury and we decided to back to camp for some lunch, perhaps it was my banana eating that caused the weather and fishing to slow. We decide to pack up and call it a day since it was starting to rain and we decided against camping out an instead made the decision to fish Dry Falls instead of Amber. It was off to Soap Lake where we’d check in at the Masters Inn and a got shower and dinner of wild teriyaki marinated duck was in order.

I’m glad we got the room, the benefit of a hot shower and warm room was well worth the $50.

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