Thursday, April 29, 2010

Eagle Valley Fishing Event

The place to be Saturday May 1st is Eagle Valley Reservoir.  That is where a you can get your chance at catching a $50,000.00 fish!

40 tagged Trout will be worth $100 each.  This is one contest you don't want to miss out on.  For more info click on this link. 

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What are They Hitting On?

You need the right bait color if you're going to catch fish. You might hear people saying, "what are you using for bait" when you start to catch a few. With all the bait colors out there it's easy to get confused.
The colors that seem to be working the best for April this year are Red and Yellow swirl, and Garlic Power Bait. A 1/2" round plug of bait on a hook about 24" away from a sinker is your best bet.
Cast your bait about 25' to 50' from the shore and keep your line fairly tight. When you notice the first couple of bumps on the line set the hook gently. Try not to set the hook like you're into a Great White Shark. I can't tell you how many fish I've caught with half of their jaws ripped off because someone got a little too excited.

When you have a fish on take your time and play it out. It's that moment in time that you've been waiting for. After being on the road for hours, getting up early, and planning the trip, the least you can do is enjoy your time on the water!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Nice Fish!

The weather is getting warmer.  Soon the mountain creeks and streams will be running full again.  Ice covered lakes are starting to melt and the fish are hungry.  This is the best time of the year to fish the small lakes and reservoirs before the algae blossom makes the water murky and difficult to fish.  The fishing is still good at Haymeadow reservoir and good sized Trout can be caught on Power bait.  Check out this video of a nice one I caught!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tips For Catching More Fish in Lakes

When you're fishing a lake think small.  Just because you're on a big body of water you might be tempted to try bigger bait, cast out as far as you can or use line that is way to heavy.  The fact is that most of the time small bait works best, the fish tend to cruise close to the shoreline and the same 4 to 6 pound test line that you would use on a creek or stream will work fine.  Cast your bait about 20 to 30 feet from shore, and reel in until the line is fairly straight.  Try to choose a floating bait and make sure it will rise about 2 to 3 feet off the bottom.  Check out the spot that you intend to fish from a high vantage point to see if it is a weed bed or too dense to allow your bait to be seen by fish that pass by.  You might want to invest in a second rod stamp if your state offers one so you can try out a few lures while your other line sits.  Change bait colors as the sun gets brighter, and cast out further as the day goes on and the water warms up.  With a little luck you'll be hooking up all day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Bend in The Rod

On a Saturday when most people are sleeping in you're up at 3:00 in the morning making coffee.  You Check the weather to make sure the wind won't be blowing like crazy, even though you checked it five times last night and the forecast said it would be perfect.  Fry up some bacon and eggs.  Open your tackle box at the kitchen table while you're having breakfast just to make sure you didn't leave anything out.  Some people would not understand why we don't sleep in on a day off.  We know what makes it all worth while, the bend in the rod and the thrill of that early morning first strike.
The water is calm and quiet.  You watch the rod tip just waiting to see that twitching action that you were thinking about last night when you fell asleep.  As soon as you take your eyes off it for a second, you look back and there it goes.  Spring up and grab the rod, bring it up in the air and set the hook.  You're into it now and the drag begins to sing that high pitched song that you've been waiting all week to hear.  As you put tension on the rod you start to think, this is a big one.  Enjoy the fight, this is what you've been waiting for.  It's going to be a great day.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Nice Color on That Fish

Just look at the color on this fish!  This 17 incher put up a good fight.  When I made the cast I thought, man that was a nice cast.  Right where I wanted to hit the water.  Not 2 minutes went by and my line went out straight.  When the reel started to sing I knew I was into a big one.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring Holdovers

Spring is a great time to fish lakes and reservoirs.  The Trout that made it through the winter are hungry and ready for action.  I decided to take a trip out to Haymeadow Reservoir, about 140 miles from Las Vegas Nevada and check out the bite.  I met one angler that hooked into a nice fish.  Rick Allen of Las Vegas.  He came up to give Haymeadow a try and found out it was worth the trip!
  These Trout had some awesome color and each one I hooked into put up a great fight.  They were hitting flies, lures and Power bait.  Just about anything that you threw in the water got some type of response.  All in all a great day of fishing.  This little spot will stay on my list of places to go for a while!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing"

I found a lake about 100 miles north of Las Vegas Nevada.  The water was loaded with hungry Trout.  This big guy took the bait in a big way!  The Trout action was fantastic!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Small Pockets Hold Good Sized Rainbow Trout

Wide open water may give an angler plenty of room to cast and a lot of presentation options, but the narrow out of the way spots on the creek can hold some nice fish. 
Start out with your bait in the white water and slowly move it towards the bank.  Bring your rod tip up and down a few times as you move your bait through the water.  Tuck your line as close to the bank as you can because some of these cut banks can go back under a few feet.  If you don't hook up right away move back to the white water and try the other side of the pocket.
The Trout that live in these dark places will put up a great fight and can wrap your line around roots, branches or other things in their hideaway.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Dark Water Holes

When fishing a creek look for the dark spots that are covered with overhanging brush and tree limbs. These spots may not be easy to get to and when you hook into a big Trout you're going to have a tough time playing it down stream to a clear spot where you can land it.

Be ready to set the hook as soon as you move into places like these because the strike more often than not will come as soon as your bait hits the water. Plan your way out before you get in and be ready for a fight!