I had a little time this afternoon, so I decided to get a lure wet for the first time this year. Started out at the S. Platte Ponds. Throwing a 2-3/4" floating Rapala, I caught a couple largemouth around 13"-14". I was playing one of them gently on my ultralight outfit and 4-lb test line when I noticed two bass following my hooked fish. One was about the same size and one was a good bit bigger. It was a good bass! I tried everything, but couldn't get the hog to strike.
I moved over to the S. Platte and fished upstream, looking for good holding water. I caught a 10" smallmouth and kept moving upstream. I don't want to spell everything out, but I got to an area that could hold a good fish (I was thinking bass or Walleye). I was retrieving the Rapala and just as it came into sight underwater, maybe ten feet out, a big trout came out of nowhere and slammed it. Luckily the drag was loose, because she felt the barbs and took off. I was just hanging on for a while, with the drag whining. She jumped a ways out and I thought it was a big Brown. Then she worked downstream and with the fish, the current, and my little UL spinning rod and 4-lb line, I was thinking I'd never see that fish again. Well, with a little maneuvering and a little luck, I landed her by hand (no net). 19" of Cutthroat Trout! (Cuttbow maybe?) What a surprise!
I wanted to get her back in the water ASAP, but both trebles were buried, one in her mouth and the other in her gills. It took a minute or two of surgical work with my longnose pliers to get her unhooked. I worked with her to try to get her going, but she wouldn't revive. So, the wife and I had her for dinner. Tasty! She had a crayfish (or two?) in her gut, but I'm thinking the DOW folks dropped her in the river recently. Maybe a holdover. Hard to figure. I've caught bigger trout, but she's my biggest Cut so far.
All in all it was an interesting couple of hours!
-- I have a photo, but I can't figure out how to post it .... Sorry.