1/1/12 : Happy New Year! Taking advantage of the warm weather this week, I’ve been trying to fish whenever possible. A quick trip to Jacobson on Friday yielded nothing but wind-blown frustration. I headed back to Scott County Park yesterday. Weather was calm, sunny, and beautiful, and I caught two rainbow trout on bright spinners. Took me a while longer than last Monday (see below), but I didn’t mind spending time outside. Winter will be here soon enough…
I put my smoker to use last night, and smoked both trout for about 90 minutes over hickory. They came out perfectly cooked and delicious–a great new years treat my wife and I both enjoyed.
Get out to the FINS lakes whenever you can during this great weather–trout are jumping and ready. I hope you have a great new year, and I look forward reporting on more locations and hearing about your fishing stories in 2012!
12/26/11 : Just got back from a quick trip to Scott County Park. I thought I’d see if the recently stocked trout were active. I filled my five fish limit in one hour, using a rainbow-trout patterned in-line spinner, medium retrieve, about a foot under the surface. Three were recent stock (about 8-9 inches) and two were bigger (12-13 inches). The 13 inch was heavier and chunkier, and put up a solid fight. He must have been a spring stock that made it through the summer.
Tell us about your winter fishing successes in the comment box below. Thanks!