As some of you may know, finding Lake trout has been a small quest/ unhealthy obsession of mine for the past few years. Normally this means insane adventures up north during the ice fishing season, but since that was a bust this year I finally decided to pull the trigger on fishing at the Wachusett Reservoir. So for the past few weeks, fishing there in the afternoon has basically been my second job of sorts. Dad also has been coming along each day. We started off catching only a few small salmon on the more northerly side of things. Then last week, Dad drew first blood on a laker a bit more to the south! encouraged, we moved in that direction and have been fishing along that side for the past few nights. Dad caught another decent fish, but I kept getting skunked, and increasingly frustrated.
That all changed tonight.
Tonight started off like any other, we showed up around 4:30 or so and started tossing (and losing) a few spoons. As the sun went down, I had lost all but my 3/4 oz little cleo to the snags. I made a short cast, absent minded, and started reeling and BAM a chunky fish hit the lure! About a min or so later, I had landed my first lake trout ever, a 20 inch 3 pounder! Ecstatic, I cast again after securing that fish, While I did that, Dad's rod started bending and he pulled up a small laker as well. After tossing that one back, I cast out and SLAM, my rod really bent and something hefty made its prescence known! After fighting it for a couple minutes, during which my reel seat almost came apart (note to self, replace cheap ass rod) I hauled in a 5 pound 22 inch Laker!
Three fish in about 15 minutes. Not a bad nights work. If you want know the exact location, weeellll.....
If you helped me find spots earlier this month (I think you guys all know who you are) PM me and I'll let you in on some details. As for the rest of yall, good hunting!
Up on the more northern end of things, we hooked into a few Landlocked salmon bites. Mostly smaller guys, but a few just keepers. Dad hit them on a variety of lures, but all mine came in on Little Cleo spoons. Another species crossed off the bucket list!
Both Lakers came from the same spot. PM me if you want details. In any case, they didn't seem to be hitting to far out from shore, maybe 20 yards or so?
Obviously this picture isn't quite to scale, more like my buddy Timmy showing off his camera skills! Still a nice fish though, about 4 1/2 pounds. This was the second fish, alps caught on a 3/4 oz little cleo.
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