After reading Adrian's thread on Lone Lake recently, I thought I'd give it a try on Thursday after not having fished it since before the summer kill of 2016. When I arrived it was nice and sunny as shown in the photo above, but it soon became really windy (white caps and windrows), heavily overcast and rainy. Maybe that falling barometer wasn't good for fishing, as I only hooked one fish in about six hours of fishing.
In spite of being really cold and wet, I stuck it out to sunset to see if the evening bite would get the fish active, and as the sun set I started hooking fish and in 45 minutes I had hooked six fish, but then it shut off like a light switch and that was it. But, hanging around till dusk paid off this time and saved my day.
The fish were all 15 to 16 inches in length, mostly a little dark and pretty beat up from being caught so many times, I suppose, but they mostly fought decently enough. All the fish I hooked took a BH Dark Green Simi Seal Leech. Here's a photo of the best looking fish:
I'm assuming that these 15 to 16 inchers are from the February planting of 450 one to one and a half pounders planted by the various local fly fishing clubs and not the 3,000 catchables planted in March by the WDFW, as it seems that the catchables wouldn't be that large, but I'm not sure about that (I'd expect that the catchables would be more like 12 to 13 inches). However, I didn't hook any fish that were smaller than 15 inches, so I don't know. Anyway, kudos to the fly fishing clubs that contributed to the fish planting!
Had the lake to myself on Thursday; guess no one else was as foolish/crazy to fight the wind like I was. However, my philosophy is that I have a much better chance of catching a fish being out in bad weather than sitting in front of my TV at home.
The carp exclusion zones are all gone now. Anyone know if the grass carp got killed off in the summer of 2016 with the trout? Carp are pretty tough, so I'm guessing that they mostly survived.
Signs are still posted warning of blue-green algae, so if you bring your dog fishing with you, don't let it drink the water.