I fished Lake Estes today (Sat, May 28, 2005). We rented a pontoon boat and fished from 11:00 to 1:00. This was the first time using a boat, and I'm sure I didn't know completely what I was doing. But we trolled using Rapala and Rapala-like things. One was a generic el-chepo silver minnow thing. Another was a small brown trout immitation. And the third was a Rapala Deep Runner in Chartruse & Orange. All we did for those two hours is run laps around the lake, staying perhaps 50 to 100 feet from shore (or whatever).
After hooking, visually confirming that we had a fish, and then loosing three trout I figured out that even at the slow speed we were trolling at it was still too fast and I had to stop the boat while bringing in the fish. Oops. As I said, this was my first time using a boat and trolling. We then preceeded to land two stocker rainbows and a 13 inch brown. We might have had more bites and lost fish, but it was hard to tell given that this was our first outing with a boat and all. There were several times that we thought we had something only to "loose it".
Fish hit all three lures that we were using. We hooked and lost one approxamately in the middle of the lake. All the others were encountered near the dam.
After boating, we fished from shore near the marina. We were using Power Bait. We were there for about 45 minutes and got nothing. I talked to the other fishermen near me (there were about 4 other groups). Only one guy caught a single stocked rainbow in 2.5 hours of fishing. The other people got nothing. At that point we felt fairly lucky with our 3 fish and called it a day.
I also talked to the dock worker at the marina. He said that he has worked there for three (or was it five?) years and has never seen a Tiger Muskie. He's heard about people catching them, but they were only stories. He has never seen one himself.
Hope that helps someone!