|Details:||OK, the spring stockies have only been there a week or so, and I've never really fished for trout, so I decided to give it a go today since I was off from work.
It was barely 40 degrees F and misty, but at least it kept the crowds down, with only 8-10 fishermen on the entire pond, and no one near me.
I followed the path of least resistance and set up an ultralight spinning rod with chartreuse Powerbait on a number 14 treble hook on 4 lb mono, fished 18 inches off the bottom with a 1/8 oz. steel sinker,
I barely had the bait in the water and had just made my first cast of an inline spinner with my second spinning rod when the first rod bent over and nearly got dragged into the pond. After a substantial fight I landed a 15 inch, 1.9 pound rainbow.
Throwing spoons and spinners with the second rod produced nothing, but about an hour later I caught another rainbow on the Powerbait, this one 14 inches and 1.7 pounds, who thrilled me with two beautiful, arcing jumps out of the water before I landed him. They feed them well at the state hatchery, apparently!
I usually catch and release, but one of them was gut-hooked, and heck, these are like buying farmed trout at the supermarket, so both of them came home and ended up as a delicious lemon trout almondine made by my wife!