Trout Opener Highlights
my buddy John "Dink" Werwie and I were off exploring
some other lakes in another state, the Oregon opener got
under way. I will only mention that John and I did real
well on numbers of browns up to 4 LB. It was a blast and
we always have fun fishing together. Some of my friends
from out of state would appreciate my not disclosing where
we were so I will honor that.
Oregon, Allan Cole was up at Wickiup and stuck some browns
to 6 LB. He said they were fairly snaky and haven't put
on much weight yet. We did have a much colder and wetter
winter (Thank God!) that years past. Who knows, we may be
out of the drought soon.
I also heard, through my grapevine, that buddy Chuck Jones
landed a nice brown of 9.75 LB. Nice job, Chuck! That fish
came from Wickiup as well. It was kind of the only game
in town with Paulina, East and many of the higher lakes
still locked up in ice.
Kelly had a young friend of ours, Dave Keely, out at Odell
and stuck some nice lakers to 20 Lb. Way to go Steve! He
pretty much has the laker drill dialed at Crescent and Odell.
Look for both those fisheries to only get better in the
next two months.
heard from Danny "Mac" that their trip to Crescent
produced a nice hookjaw brown of 8.5 LB. for his buddy,
Andy. They also released a nice laker of 19 Lb. Dan's boat
has been hot this spring, though it has been his Dad and
friends that have stuck the big fish. Don't lose faith,
man, your time is coming! Crane proved to be a dry run but
Wickiup produced a few smaller browns to 3.5 LB. for them
in the same weekend.
I have a guide trip to Billy for bulls on Wed. and that
may be my last trip to the lake this spring. I have sold
my home and have my hands full getting ready to relocate
in Bend. If you are interested in getting up for a shot
at the bulls this spring, call soon. I will try to get in
another trip or two in before the end of May.
Cal. opener was bleak at the Twins in Bridgeport. No big
browns at all, as of this writing. The Western Sierra slope
lakes will be starting to open soon and the trophy trout
crowd will be on them like "flies on stink." It
will be interesting to see how many browns over 10 LB. show
up this year in Cal. The end of 2005 and early 2006 was
kind to some of the trophy hunters.
Good luck to everyone this upcoming year in your pursuit
of big trout! Time on the water and being in the right place
at the right time are key.
Screamin' Drags, Rick