The word was out and the fishermen came to answer the call. With the recent stocking of Steelhead from the Tokul Creek hatchery in the last week there were as many fishermen as there were Eagles, and diving loons.
We ran into Tom H., Ching W., Phil K., and Sean B. Everyone seemed like they were enjoying the day with no wind and some rare raindrops. The hillside with the fall Foliage and the low cloud cover looked like a postcard.
I invited my dad and also had a few hours with my boys, so thought it’d be a nice way to get everyone on the water. The action was best for us on the south end where the creek comes in near the stumps. The water level is about the lowest I’ve seen with many exposed rocks and stumps near the launch.
There were visible fish activity just about everywhere on the lake, and fish were feeding on midges. Since I had to tend to my boys it was a good call to bring the electric trolling motor. We had a few mishaps with their lines tangling in the prop, but once we got the rhythm down and located the fish it was fun.
It was great to see my boys connect with nature and get excited about fishing. Once they didn’t want to reel in anymore it was time to call it a day. They were troopers, waking up early on a non-school day to hang out with grandpa and dad. While I was pretty tired was worth it to see their smiles.
The fish were cookie cutter brats between 7-10″, without much fight but very silvery in appearance. We landed 9 fish on the kids rods, using black, olive and sparkle leeches.
I’ll be looking forward to the annual Beaver Lake stocking coming on Nov. 5th. Some nice plump triploid bloodstock from the Issaquah hatchery.