Opening Day

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Tony the Trout, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

    Missed the opening day event - but hit lake tye with 4 kids sunday evening.

    Apparently fishing was SLOW from what everying one kept telling us. Luckily, I have some bait fishing mojo left from the old days and got each kid into a fish. Soon guys were casting their bait within inches of where I was fishing, so it was time to move on. The kids had their fill. :thumb:

    A stringer of fish for dinner ranging from 8 inches to 5+ lbs:

    Bad camera phone pic, but the big one landed by my boys buddy was THICK:

    Check out the orange slash on this one:
  2. HauntedByWaters

    HauntedByWaters Active Member

    Damn ChadK you found some big planters.

    I went to Padden and was catching fish on every cast and getting the hairy eyeball from everyone else.

    I kept telling them, slip sinkers with corn flavored power bait, three foot leader.

    They kept catching perch with worms because worms lay on the bottom.

    I said to many people asking about my rig, Power Bait floats!! How can you fish that with a bobber?

    More hairy eyeballs.

    I finally showed an old Russian guy what was up by sticking my setup in his face and explained that the Power Bait floats between 2 and 3 feet off the bottom. I explained that the slip sinker meant you could feel the subtle bites. His eyes lit up like he had an epiphany.

    Anyway, it was super damn easy with the old slip sinker w/swivel and a small hook with a ball of corn flavored Power Bait on a 3 foot tippet.

    Amazing how people JUST DON'T GET IT. They even ask me angrily and I explain how my setup is different but they still DON'T GET IT.

    They still use tons of split shot, 20 pound test, worms, bobber, the non-corn flavored Power Bait, catch the same snag on every cast....

    OMG, I watched a guy cuss and cuss hooking the same snag on every cast......does he think the tree moved? WTF!?!?

    I was thinking OMG these dirty *uckers are going to beat the shit out of me if I keep catching them like this.

    Some guy said Power Bait was cheap and I explained I was matching the hatch. In the case of opening day planters corn REALLY is matching the hatch right?

    Typical of opening day at Padden, just what I expected, a zoo/carnival, guys cussing at each other, fist fights......100% Americana......*UCKING BEAUTIFUL!
  3. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

    Rocket Red, Yes that scenery looks familiar! Great shots...that one of your daughter squinting at her rod like seasoned pro is one of the best "kids fishing" shots i've seen. (Ha Ha, I'll bet she IS a seasoned pro already!)

    The kid I usually take with me on opening day went surfing...offshore winds all morning and a clean little swell sounded better to him than opening day crowds.

    Don't recall the pm. I'd better check. My regular e-mail has changed from dial-up at Techline to hi-spd cable at Comcast.

    Strong SW winds and rain showers...hmmm might have to go torture myself some more! If not today, then tomorrow for sure!:thumb:
  4. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

    How many did you end up with Jason?

    Americana? Your's is much different than what I tend to experience on opening days at other lakes. i'll be sure to avoid Padden in future opening day events...

    This is more like it, and closer to what opening day should be about:
  5. HauntedByWaters

    HauntedByWaters Active Member

    I don't know how many I caught but I killed 3. I was tossing them back if they hadn't fully swallowed the hook and bait.

    There were plenty of kids around to be sure but there were just as many grimy people without kids trying to get a "home-pack".

    Yeah Padden can have some rough people for sure, if you want solice and no cussing Silver Lake is probable a better bet with more space and more scenery.

    Padden has LOTS of Russian speakers that are plenty drunk which usually makes for a good show.

    More people around here must have experience with the craziness! Post it up!
  6. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

    So legally, you should have caught your 5 fish and left, right?
  7. HauntedByWaters

    HauntedByWaters Active Member

    Oh brother.

    The other stockers fell off.....

    I was holding out for one of the big triploids you caught. No luck though.
  8. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

    Sounds like you fit right in then... :rolleyes:
  9. HauntedByWaters

    HauntedByWaters Active Member

    Jeez what's wrong this morning ChadK? :confused:

    Got a triploid stuck in your craw? :p

    I never considered you to be a net-nanny like some of the folks on here. Guess I was wrong. bawling:

    PEACE! ptyd
  10. candr

    candr Daryl

    Spent the opener at a couple lakes in E Wa. Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery, and lots of people. Counted 28 boats, toons, tubes etc. on one lake both Sat and Sunday. Every pullout/campsite had at least a couple trailers parked. All the lakes had small villages of campers, trailers etc. with people camping and fishing.

    At the lakes I fished most people were trolling and catching the 12-14" stockers. The big ones were deep. Caught more than 20 each day ranging from 12 to 20 inches. All caught on chironomids in 20 feet of water. Most fish were stuffed with #16-#18 chironomids. Water warmed over the weekend from 47 on Saturday to 49 by Sunday afternoon. Both days had good wind gusts all afternoon.

    Fished a small brook trout lake on Saturday evening. Nothing bigger than 12", but they fought harder than some of the larger rainbows caught earlier in the day.
  11. Quan

    Quan Super Fat Cat Float Tuber

    I think he's referring to this rule... "When fishing with bait, all TROUT (except STEELHEAD) equal to or greater than the minimum size are counted as part of the daily limit whether kept or released." That's straight outta the reg book in the trout section.

    Anyway, I was down at Padden on my boat and felt it to be very calm and relaxing other than the occasional hoot and hollar when some college kid caught his first trout. Where were all the drunken folk? I thought it was pretty sparse considering it was opening day. I think being on a boat is the best way to enjoy opening day. :thumb: It probably helped that I went mid-day to dodge the crowds.
  12. HauntedByWaters

    HauntedByWaters Active Member

    I guess I didn't know about that rule because I never fish bait with the exception of opening day.

    Sorry for being such an aweful human being guys.
  13. Quan

    Quan Super Fat Cat Float Tuber

    Haha, you're far from an awful human being. I did witness a couple atrocities on opening day including a bunch of kids who caught a trout and poked at it as it flopped around on shore and then left it there to die while they tried to catch the tree above them on fire with a lighter.

    I also pulled out about 5 beer cans out of the water.

    Not knowing a rule and taking the time and effort to try to release a fish, making sure it wasn't dead first, is quite the opposite of the previous scenes.

    The way I see it, keeping the 3 you killed probably was a more noble end to their lives than these hoodlums who leave them on shore or just take them home and not even know how to cook them and just end up throwing them in a garbage or in someone's bed as a prank. If anything, you provide some example of humanity to the rest of the goons around you.
  14. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

    Jason B, Although Chadk properly fingered you on a technical, you were not really violating the spirit of the rule, as it is intended to keep bait fishers from "releasing" gut-hooked or deeply hooked fished. You stated you kept all the gut-hooked ones and released the lip-hooked ones, so no atrocities were committed.

    We'll let you off with a warning this time.:rofl::rofl::rofl:
  15. We hit Rattlesnake Saturday morning and got launched around 7:00 AM. There was a guy cleaning his and his friend's limits at the launch already when we arrived. Tons of boats, and almost everyone seemed to have steady action. Most everyone seemed to be behaving themselves, but we did see a couple of gobs of powerbait floating about. Fly fishers seemed to be doing better than the "conventional" tackle users. We did great on bead headed olive buggers and the like. Took home limits of stockers for the grill.
  16. Jim Hewitt

    Jim Hewitt Member

    I went up to Rattlesnake Lake on Sunday afternoon and had a great time. I should preface this by saying that I moved here recently from Hawaii and am still in awe of the beauty of the Northwest. I quit surfing, paddling and all my ocean related activities and have decided to learn to flyfish. I have most all of the necessary equipment and although I realize it is early in the season I have gone fishing on the Snoqualmie (Middle and South) but have yet to land a fish.
    Yesterday I was able to actually hook and land a number of fish and had a blast. I got there around 12 and stayed till dark. I used several variations of an olive wooly bugger and was able to land 14 fish. My next goal is to land one on a dry fly. That will really be an accomplishment.
    When the sun went behind the mountain the osprey started to grab fish out of the lake and the swallows put on an aerial display. I was really bummed when I had to leave and go back to civilization.:( It was the best day of fishing that I've ever had and I won't soon forget it.
  17. HauntedByWaters

    HauntedByWaters Active Member

    That is great man! That first fish on a dry will be easy if you hit an evening hatch right.
  18. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

    I don't know jason, I think your poacher buddy is clearly rubbing off on you :ray1:

    As for the intention of the law - that is a big part of it. It is meant to address exactly what Jason was doing:

    Jason never said "gum hooked" - he said they didn't swallow it 'all the way' - meaning into the stomach I think. Gills, tongue, etc are more likely than a lip hook considering the fact that power bait was being used and fished on the bottom where more often than not, the fish has fully swallowed the bait before you have a chance to set the hook.

    I just think it is ironic that he is looking down on all the stupid dirty f##$@# russians, while he's 'slaying them' and breaking the law. Way to show them :thumb:

    Oh, and 90% of the guys I saw when I got to Lake Tye were fishing PB on the bottom rigged as you described Jason (works well usually). But they were getting skunked. A few guys tried spoons and spinners with no luck either. I brought an ultra rod rigged with a small adjustable slip float (like steelhead jig fishing) and set it about 5 or 6 feet down. We used fresh wormies dug from my yard for most of our trout. The big fella came to that kid's own rod rigged with a worm laying on the bottom. The kids had a blast - and that's what its all about!

    In a few weeks I'll hit it again in my toon working flies. I just wish the trees would grow faster around that lake to help block out the wind...
  19. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

    Jim H, Unless you just "got old" (like I did), there is no reason to hang up the surf stick! There are excellent surfing waves to be enjoyed here in WA at times. You will need a full Winter wetsuit, as the La Nina ocean conditions are keeping the water on the cool side. A hooded 5/4mm will be what you'll need, and then maybe a 3mm or a 4/3mm for Summer/Fall warmer water.
    Otherwise, if your aging carcass can no longer endure the hydraulic thrashings, then transitioning from catching and releasing waves of energy to C&Ring trout is a natural progression to enjoying quieter waters, and without the beatings.
    It is only my recently acquired sense of "better judgement" that keeps me from going back to wave riding.:rofl:
  20. HauntedByWaters

    HauntedByWaters Active Member

    I never called the Russians stupid or dirty.

    You inferred that all on your own.

    There were stupid people to be sure, but I would never mean to generalize about the entire Russian bloodline with my experiences from opening day on lake Padden in Bellingham, Washington.

    The fact of the matter is, 1/2 the people up there on opening day are Russians having a drunken good ole time. Nothing wrong with that. I can't help but notice it! It is interesting and multi-cultural and like all big groups of people there are always some bad ones that like to fight when drunk. The other interesting thing is that the Russian immigrants still know how to drink and be merry without feeling guilty unlike most people around here who blaim everyone else while hating themselves when they drink. There is a brotherhood among Russians I wish we had in America, if only we could all stop arguing about the details and exceptions of everything. Than again maybe I am romanticizing the Russians I see.

    There were all shapes sizes and colors of idiots out there, plenty of people slaying fish too who knew what they were doing. If I hadn't a torn ligament in my foot I wouldn't have had to sit in a sea of lawn chairs fishing where I did and probable wouldn't have had the same experience.

    I wasn't showing them either, they were asking me. They were angry because I was catching fish after fish and they weren't.

    Also, if you aren't catching trout using that slip sink setup on every cast on opening day there is one more thing you are most likely doing wrong, fishing too deep. I caught most of my fish 10 feet offshore next to some lily pads just beyond the reeds in about 5 feet of water. Put it right next to a drop off if there is one. My cast were about 1/3 the distance of most of those around me and that was also another reasons people were getting riled up.

    Don't get your panties all in a bunch ChadK, looks like you had a good day too! :thumb: