5-13-03 - Quarry Park Lake, "Home of the SLUTTY
TROUT"...they're that easy.
Rivers Fished: Quarry Park Lake
Fish Caught: 6 between the 3 of us.
Outing Date: 5-13-03
Air Temp: 60's
Water Temp: Quarry Park Lake surface temp 57F
Water Color: murky, visibility roughly 1 foot.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Bluegills
Pattern Fished: MP's Antron
Bug (weighted, in tan & brown), MP's
Egg Sucking Steely Stone (in chartruese), Light Cahill
Pattern Color: see respective pattern
Fishing Quality: FUN FOR ALL!
Alright, so this was one of those "hurry up,
get there and get off" trips; Bart gets off of work around
5:00; I cut out just a bit early around 5:30, and we both raced
to Racine. The Root was still too high, so we fished Quarry Park
By the time I arrived, Chromeseeker had already
landed a NICE 13-14" Rainbow. Shortly thereafter I landed my
first (and only) of the day on MP's Antron Bug. After really whacking
the crap out of the water, it was getting dark so I opted for something
with more visibility; MP's Egg-Sucking Steeley Stone. 2 more hits,
both misses. GRR.
As sunset approached the surfaced started to dimple...more
and more as things got darker. A hatch of small white mayflies was
on! I whipped out a nice light cahill and tossed it on the surface.
Now, since we're fishing a lake, not a river, and the water was
GLASS, the best thing I could do was toss in the vicinity of a rise
and wait...and wait...for MINUTES. Unlike a stream...in the lake
the FISH are the ones doing the moving..they're not waiting for
food to come to them..instead they seek it out!
The first rise startled me so much I missed the
hookset...my heart was PUMPING like mad. It was a nice splashing
energetic take..shame on me. Much of the remaining time was spent
trying to coax another rise, alas it didn't happen.
By the end of only 1.5 hours or so, Chromeseeker
had gone 2/2 (at least) on Rainbows, + one Bluegill. His Girlfriend
went 3/4 (at least) on the Rainbows, and I had personally gone 1/4,
all between 8-14"! As for my 1/4, "shrug"...just
my luck...the same kind CS had on Monday...only one rainbow landed
with everyone else around him WHACKING them! Just the way it works
I can also safely say there are some OK Largemouths
in the lake; there's a 16" carcass laying on the beach! As
for pictures...well there really wasn't a reason for them at this
point...see the shots from 5-10-03. I'll
be back...I'm looking for those holdovers that could easily be in
the 18-20" range!