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Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers (click on the water for directions):
Michael W.: Great Day Of Fishing At Mingus Lake! April 19: In 2 hours and 45 minutes of fishing, I caught and released 51 rainbow trout, ranging from 8 to 14 inches. Biggest fish weighed 1 pound. All fish caught at a depth of 1 to 3 feet deep on 2-inch minnow tubes. Recently stocked with rainbow trout. Note: Road Access Gate was locked, must was about a mile to lake. Weather Conditions: Clear & Sunny. Water Conditions: Muddy.
Michael W.: April 17:
Non-stop action At Fain Lake! In 4 1/2 hours of fishing, I caught and released 93 brown trout and seven brook trout ranging from 6 to 11 inches. All fish caught at southwest cove of lake at a depth of 2 to 4 feet deep on 1.5 inch crappie tubes. Averaged 4 to 6 bites on almost every cast. Due to the amount og food in lake, fish are easy to catch! Weather Conditions: Windy, clear and Sunny. Water Conditions: Stained.
Brown trout stocked at Fain Lake! In 3 hours of fishing, I caught and released 47 beautiful brown trout, ranging from 7 to 12 inches. Fish caught from bridge at a depth of 2 to 14 feet deep on 1.5 inch crappie tubes. Average 4 to 6 bites on every cast. Fish are very aggressive and hard fighters for their size! Weather Conditions: Windy, clear and sunny. Water Conditions: Stained.
Troy G.: The river is cleared after spring runoff. I got this spawned out bass on a hula grub. Selective harvest is needed on the river up here, so this one is getting filleted. Seeing a lot of bass fry in the river.
Brad R.: 3-pound, 21-inch rainbow, three brookies and limited out — all more than 15 inches. Use Rapalas from shore.
Jim N.: Retired Carpenter Johnny with San Carlos black crappie on silver flake/green 1/16-ounce jigs. Caught 20 total on northeast end of lake in 6 feet of water. Water up 30 feet from rain and clearing.
Jim N.: Lots of fat largemouth bass on dropshots in cattail openings in coves. My son Jimmy with just one of 15, caught and released.
Jim N.: Caught a limit of 3-pound stripers in 25 feet of water in northern coves on top water and shad for 1 hour. My fishing buddy Rett with nice fish. Small flatheads cruising the shore. 3-pound soft shell turtles too. 🙂