Took the family to Ada Hayden Lake yesterday just to get out of the house. Took the kayak, didn’t bother bringing the fishfinder. Took turns in the kayak. Fished from the dock when it wasn’t my turn. Caught a couple nice bluegills on flies from the dock. Saw a bunch of little ones. Also saw a small Drum, a couple decent bass, a carp or buffalo that took looks at my fly but didn’t eat it, and something else I couldn’t identify. It had a brown back, looked sort of shaped like a trout or perch, but its hard to tell from above. It was pretty good-sized.
There was also a couple big “blow-ups” a long cast out from shore. It just looked like big schooled fish like buffalo or carp spooking, rather than something eating. At one point I could see a few “schools” of fish out there, and cast as well as I could. I briefly had something on.
When it was my turn in the kayak, I took my fly rod along, caught 2 smallish bass.
Last night I went to Georgetown Park hoping the cooler weather would get the fish more active. There were large fish (grass carp I think) in the shallow end. Presumably munching on vegetation. Tossed a topwater deer (or elk) hair “pellet” fly for awhile. Had one of those grass carp (?) on briefly, I set the hook (but apparently not hard enough to bury the barb) and it ran right at me, and managed to shake the fly loose. DANG!
I tossed some bread out and had one or more nice-sized fish (catfish?) occasionally working it, but I wasn’t able to get any strikes this time. I tossed back up the shallows where I suspected a grass carp was, got a good hit that headed for deep water. Good fight that ended up just being a bluegill. I think when it struck, it must have spooked a grass carp, because there was a big splash when it took off out of the shallows!
I’m getting SO CLOSE to catching another grass carp…I just can’t quite seal the deal or get a good visual strike. Frustrating. I spend so much time trying to get these bigger fish (and ignoring the bluegills, crappies and bass) that my fish/trip numbers have gotten horrendous.