Wednesday, May 20, 2015
I Can’t Believe I Fish This Water
I had to want to fish really bad Tuesday to wet a fly in this messy slim and brown film cover water on
Walker Lake. I drove up to the
bait shop to get my fishing permit and really didn’t pay that much attention to
the lake water, because I had big bull bluegills on my mind. The caretaker told
me that he had fertilized the lake fourteen days earlier, so I thought surely
it had cleared up some since my last visit the week before, man was I wrong. As
I approached the launch I saw that the water looked a little cloudy, but that
didn’t alarm me so I proceeded to launch the Pelican and troll to the east side
of the lake as I always do. As I approached the east side I kept noticing the
slim was getting thicker and the brown film was covering much more water
surface, in fact the entire east side of the lake was completely cover with the
brown film. With no wind the film would only move if it was broken with the
fly, fly line, paddle, or the boat moving. In fact after I got home I had to
wash both lines in soapy water to remove the slim. One would think fish would
not hit anything in this slimy miss.
This would be the only bluegill I would land in the 20 minutes of misery I would spend in this place today. This is killing my bluegill quest!!!
It takes a dedicated fisherman to endure fishing in this over fertilized water. I will not wet another fly in this place until the lake is clear.