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Hit the water about 1130 today.  Got there just after the DOW Stocking truck backed up the water.  They dumped in 4000 8-12 inch rainbows.  Here is a picture of them.



While some guys starting fishing right there for them I ventured out on the lake.  The water temp started at 54 degrees by the time we left at 4p it was up to 59 on the surface.  We tried near the tower, along the dam, Massey draw, the wakeless zone along the shore both sides and around the old heron rookery, went over to Plum Creek.  The water looked like Mocha Latte over there.  We tried crawlers, minnows, harnesses, gulp worms, twister tails, floating jig heads and rapalas .  Tried bottom, off the bottom, mid depth and surface.  Nada, nothing and zilch.

So we thought lets give the north boat ramp cove a try.....  I learned freshly stocked trout will bite on anything.  Caught half a dozen in half an hour on crawdad imitation, rapalas large and small and  white walleye assasin.

It was fun and I needed to catch a few fish even if they were not very smart, freshly stocked 'bo's. 

This is what I look like when one slips out of my hands while I am waiting for my wife to take a picture!

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My wife with a Stocker.

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Well Dan......

At least you got into the stocker trout when fresh out of the delivery truck. Maybe tomorrow you'll have to look for them. Hehe.. Nice work, man. I really need to get out there now. I've been deprived of any outings for a few days now.
 

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I was hoping if I might see that but no. I did see several herons having a feast. There were about half a dozen floaters after the dumped and the herons walked right up to them and picked them right up. How a heron can get a 10 inch fish down its throat I will never know.

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I will never know.

Dan
Last year, we had a pelican gulp one of our 17 inch wipers that fell off the stringer at North Sterling. Somehow (I bet it was the waves) the stringer pulled out from the ground and then "Oh sh*t!!!! Wipers floatin' all over the shoreline!"

We managed to get most of em back onto the stringer while a few were still alive and swam away with their college degrees. There was one floater, however, that floated out a lil too far to retrieve and believe me, I broke out the topwater to try and snag it back, but it didn't work. So we watched....... A few minutes later, along came this pelican and then with one scoop "poof" the wiper was gone.

Well, at least I went home with the knowledge that nothing was wasted.
 

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Dan thanks for the tip on the stockers. I took my kid out tonight and tried to catch a few. I left the boat at home and we tried off the shore. We fished the launch around where they let them go nothing. I walked up to the other launch to watch the show as everyone tried to get boats off in the wind. Stood 5 feet from the ramp and got nailed by a 20-inch walleye. Continued to walk along the rocks from the ramp toward the tower and hooked 2 smallies, but they flipped off as soon as they hits the rocks in the shallows. Never did catch a trout, but thanks for the motivation to get and fish. I learned a valuable lesson always take the camera you never know what you might catch.
 

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Moby,

Glad you and the kid had a great time. I would trade all the stockers for that walleye.

Dan
 
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