Every other year since 2001, I've been fishing Nungesser Lake for a week with 3 other guys (Jay, Jeff and Chris). 2011 is our 6th trip to the lake. The first 4 trips we fished in late July/early August. At that time of year, the fish are typically 20 feet deep. The past 2 trips have been in mid-June. This early in the year, many fish are in 3 feet to 7 feet of water.
Its roughly a 13-hour road trip from central Iowa. I'm not a fan of road trips. But we usually see some interesting wildlife. In the past we've seen moose, otter, and woodland caribou... but we did not see any this year. During our road trip and while at the lake, we saw a solitary bear near the road, a mother bear with 2 cubs, deer, eagles, fox, osprey, loons, beaver, various ducks I was unable to identify, grouse, bats, and a porcupine (a first for me). Our last night in camp, we watched a good-sized bear in our camp rummaging through our neighbor's belongings they had left outside overnight. It was about 60 feet away from us. We were watching out our screened window (at 3:30am), and the bear would look our way every time we whispered. A loud burst of flatulence from Chris spooked the bear and it then left camp.
Although I caught my first fly-rod Walleye a week or two ago in Iowa, one of my main goals at Nungesser Lake this year was to catch some more Walleyes on fly-fishing gear. I used spinning gear for most of the trip, but I did manage to catch 5 Walleyes on fly-fishing gear this trip on a variety of fly patterns. Its a really good fight!
|10" Yellow Perch on Fly Rod|
|Northern Pike on Fly Rod|
|37.5" Northern Pike|
I also caught 20 Walleyes, the biggest being 21.75". Reef Runner Cicada's worked well on the Walleyes in this area. Oh...and I caught a tree or branch that measured something like 20'. It was longer than our boat! I hooked it under water, and pulled and pulled trying to break the 10lb test Fireline....and ended up breaking the tree! You could hear it crack under water, then I pulled in the 20' section.
Here's another nice Walleye Chris caught:
|Perch are aggressive! This little fella attacked a #5 Mepps!!|