5-19-05 - Tornado Schmaeto - there's PIKE TO BE
Waters Fished: Lake Como
Fish Caught: 7 for 8!!!
Outing Date: 5-19-05
Weather: Raining on and off all afternoon
Air Temp: 65F or so
Water Temp: 64F
Water Level: normal
Water Color: typical murky green, less than 6" vis
Fish Species: Northern Pike
Pattern Fished: Flying Bunny
Pattern Color: red/white, black/olive/chartruese
Fishing Quality: simply whacked out INSANELY GOOD for Lake Como
So it's 7-23-05 and I'm writing a report that's
2 months overdue...it'd be pretty tough were it not for the fact
that I KEEP NOTES! ;) Granted, my NOTES say I landed 7 fish, but
I have pictures of 8! So either one fish was shot twice OR I forgot
to write one down!
I remember heading to the the lake in anticipation
of a trip to Minnesota with Renee...their family was about to leave
their lakefront home on Minnetonka for a more northerly location.
I was ready to go but had about 2 days to wait...what better time
than to go fishin!
I arrived at Lake Como around 2:30 PM and after
taking care of minor things I hit the water around 3:00 PM. Right
off the bat I lost a northern...seriously within 10 casts. In short
order however, my first guy came to dock. Nothing to brag about,
but the skunk was off. Shortly thereafter, a 2nd, more respectable
Lake Como Northern fell victim to the same pattern as the first
- the Red & White Flying Bunny.
I took a water temp - 64F...right in the sweet
spot I suppose. My neighbor came over and informed me that not only
would it be raining soon, but more importantly a Tornado warning
had been issued for our area in about 10 minutes. I nervously flogged
the water while watching the sky....at the first hint of rain I
went inside and cooked up some grub while keeping my eye on The
Despite the fact that the Tornado was "close",
it wasn't close enough and there weren't any local reports of any
major damage, so the moment the rain let up I was back on the water!
Afterall, sometime back in the 30's or 40's we had a tornado - as
my Grandmother told me it literally came in over the lake and passed
right between our house and our neighbor's. I remember seeing a
newspaper picture with some of my relatives standing next to a VW
Bug on our property that had been crushed by a tree that fell on
it. Well, OK, I'm not convinced that a Tornado can squeeze through
an opening of less than 50 feet and not touch either house in the
process, but it's a "Grandma" story, ya know? Kinda like
the times she'd tell me that Swedish Meatballs were Reindeer meatballs
made from a reindeer my grandfather had shot with a bow and arrow.
Of course they were regular old Swedish meatballs, but how is a
4 year old supposed to know any different?! Anyway, the whole point
of all this is that our Lake Como house had already seen it's tornado...what
are the odds it'd happen twice in less than 100 years? Good enough
odds for me to go ahead and get right back to the fishing!
I'd say I got in about 5 minutes on the water before
the sky darkened again and the rain started pouring.
OK, once again the rain stopped and I was back
on the pier in an instant...heck it was still drizzling but the
point is I WAS FISHIN! This move paid off big time with FOUR more
The action was simply outstanding...this is how
it's supposed to be. It probably averaged out to something like
a fish every 30 minutes, which considering how murky Lake Como is,
ain't too shabby for a fly rodder! Looking to the Northwest I could
tell more rain was coming, but that didn't stop me from nabbing
yet another pike or two?!
Finally at 6:00 PM it started to rain yet again.
This time, screw it, I'd get wet. I spent another 45 minutes getting
soaked in search of more PIKE - it just wasn't meant to be. I guess
the rain simply turned them off.
Overall size ranges went from roughly 22" to 29"
(with a 10" girth)...yeah they're not HUGE PIKE but they're compareable
to the average steelhead in some respects. Looks like I may have
found a great late spring / early summer fishery in a lake I'd written
off for years.