I think I’m pretty much done trying for trout until Fall. I caught 3 on Saturday morning. It was a lot of work, but they were pretty nice fish for around here! I measured one chunky trout at 14.5”, and another was about that length, possibly 15” but a bit slimmer.
The fights were EPIC on the Allen Olympic 12' 5wt switch rod!!! The 14.5-incher, I was CERTAIN I’d hooked a big brooder! It dove deep, headed for open water, came up and made a BIG SWIRL, and was fighting strong! The other nice one rocketed straight across in front of me, the line was SINGING as it sliced through the water…faster than a PIKE!!! And then it made some some absolutely spectacular speeding porpoise-like jumps out of the water. It was fantastic! Its rare to get such awesome fights out of these stocked fish, but it certainly shows what they are capable of.
I know there are some good trout still in the lake, but "return on investment" recently has been pretty low. 2 of my last 3 trips there resulted in SKUNKS (likely due to the weather conditions), and overall it seems like the comparatively few trout remaining in the lake have moved out away from shore and into deeper water. I'm not prepared to chase them there yet on fly gear. Hopefully many of them will survive the summer and be even bigger this coming Fall. :) I'm already looking forward to that.