Trip Report 100 fish day

I’ve been on my annual fishing trip with another musician these past four days. Days one to three involved a little old and a little new. The daily PMD hatch at the “old” was strangely light, I had one hour of great fishing there in two days. The new was a great new to me Stillwater and river system. We caught small fish in the river and the big lake is just a little on the warm side and involved a long kick in a tube to catch some pikeminnow. I’ll be back there this fall to see how the trout are doing.
So yesterday we went for the sure thang. Strawberry Lake. 5470208B-CF7A-4606-97EA-6842A399D922.jpeg
It’s a little piece of paradise in Grant county, Oregon. A mile and a half hike, with only minimal elevation gain. Surprisingly there were a ton of people there, but I usually go midweek. Lots of these too.B1B0F210-0288-4866-BBFE-187986533F62.jpeg
First cast and it was on. The lake was formed by a landslide in a meadow and the whole upper half is less than 8 feet deep with visable weed beds. I started with a balanced leech switched to drys after the first dozen fish in 15 minutes or so. More of these guys. E7957082-7421-42CF-AABF-801097CE8394.jpeg
it was very windy all afternoon with the kind of gusts that make you lose a hat. The fish would not notice a dry just sitting. Made me wish I had a floss line rigged up. I did the best I could with a 10 foot rod and long leader.
Put on a variety of dries and did my best to make them dance and move on the water. The hits were slashing and I would only hook about one in four but it was a kick. In the meantime Marcus was fishing an intermeadiate line with a Carey and spent most of the time with a fish on. AB9153B4-A588-4496-B962-2C3FB50CE658.jpegThe surroundings were great and we were the only people fishing from watercraft. B07B798E-5740-4070-9541-988E7064FE9B.jpeg98BF18D0-98C4-4BA8-A647-6A2C5F38A626.jpegFB1F3737-A8B3-442C-95F9-6F11463358A8.jpegtTook a break to warm up on this very hot day and restrung with a sinking line to try and find the rainbows I know live here. I stared fishing where I could not see bottom and caught more brook trout, then finally a very skinny ten inch bow. By this time shadows were forming and the bite was really on. It was count to five and strip three time pause and fish on every cast, unless they took on the drop. I changed back to a dry and slowed things down a little bit. This really was a hundred fish day for the two of us.
So why am I posting this place? I have fished here for the last twenty years maybe once a year and this is the first time I did not catch a few 14-15 inch brooks. Max fish was probably 12 inches and we only caught two pretty sickly looking bows. About half the brooks were on the skinny side, so this lake needs fishermen. In the last few years the spawn must have gone really well. Please bring your kids and your appetites and thin out the herd!
 

dflett68

WFF Supporter
maybe it's just the angle of the shot, but that seems like an XL anal fin on that first fish. nice report.
 

kamishak steve

Active Member
sounds like there may be a bit of an overpopulation problem, given the huge numbers of fish <13 inches. retention or need a bunch of osprey and loons in there!
 

EBT

Member
Bakerite, great story/photos. I just moved to Oregon (Wil Val), and I plan on getting to Strawberry Lake either this fall or next spring/early summer. Is early July primetime, or would earlier be better? Not that 100 fish is less than damn good fishing!
 

bakerite

Active Member
Bakerite, great story/photos. I just moved to Oregon (Wil Val), and I plan on getting to Strawberry Lake either this fall or next spring/early summer. Is early July primetime, or would earlier be better? Not that 100 fish is less than damn good fishing!
I've had good fishing every time I fished it. It's high enough that it doesn't really get too warm. I was catching lots of fish this time in less than 5 feet of water. Ice off should be around the start of June, but don't know how the snow on the road would be that time of year. Fall is great.
 

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