Anyone Fish Pass Lake Lately?

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  1. Ian Horning

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    Yeah if the eagles weren't bad enough (there's three now) otters now patrol the shorelines (I think theres three or four of them). They're cool to watch but spook fish. They like to investigate my float tube. I had two of them swim up close and pop their heads up, checking me out.

    The eagles often pay more attention to the ducks and waterfowl than they do trout. But, they still follow me around when they see splashes near my tube. I've yet to lose a fish to one but they sure do spook me hovering right over my head.
     
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    Guess I see them more as a treat than a threat. For me, seeing any of the predators is one of the reasons I enjoy fishing so much. I've yet to lose a fish to an eagle or osprey and I get the memorable experience of hearing them slice through the air when they dip down over head. Ten minutes after the otters moved on, the fish were back chasing minnows in the shallows just as aggressively as before and I got some cool iPhone footage to share with my wife. I'll venture to say that some of the best experiences I've had fishing were when I wasn't fishing at all. Hope that wasn't too preachy...I'm just getting old.;)
     
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    You're right, it's all part of nature, all part of a very cool lake, and we are simply visitors.
    The otters seem to like to follow my tube all the way around the lake, they've done it 2/3 times I've seen them out there. I wonder what they're thinking.
     
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    Maybe they're like my brother in law and just can't grasp the concept of C & R ;)

    I'll hijack the thread for a bit and ask what are some of the coolest things you've seen while out on the water? Several of the most memorable for me were seeing a mountain lion swim across the South Fork of the Flathead at dusk, having a herd of elk cross the Skagit about 50 yrds upstream of me one foggy morning, and watching a family of sheep start a small rockslide on Rock Creek when a big old bird of prey was trying to snag one of their little ones.
     
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    Hat brown is massive! Congrats.
     
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    Neatest thing I've ever seen on the water happened about 10 years ago on a lake in Northeast Oregon. It was a warm afternoon after a typical hot summer day. The little reservoir we were fishing was at a little over 6,000 feet of elevation and 25 miles from any pavement. We heard a commotion, turned our tubes around and there was a heard of maybe 30 elk that had come to the far end of the lake for a swim! They stayed for about 15 minutes, frolicking in the water, splashing around like the horse who stops in the middle of a stream to cool off. What a wonderful world!
    There is another NEO lake I fish in that has an otter family that will follow you around in your boat to see if you will give them a fish.
     
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    1 for 4 fishing a worm pattern and bobber
     
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    2 for 3 rb today
     
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    2 rb today. yeah I just fish off the boat ramp for an hour or so
     
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    Good to know they're still cruising!