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After two months of listening to continual bragging by two bait chuckers, of monster browns and bows caught, I decided to give it a try.

I arrived at the city park around 1630 and moved out in my float tube. My intial game plane was to fish deep around docks and obstructions. After an hour of not even seeing a fish I switched to fishing an intermediate line with a leech pattern. Almost at once I started catching 1-2 lb lg mouths. Since I could not catch a trout I decided to go after the bass, I switched to woolly bugger variation I created while fishing for sm mouth on the Medina in Texas, and shortly landed two nice fish over 3lbs.

Around 9:30 I switched back to trout, using a multitude of retrieves lines and flies I still could not catch any trout. I even trolled (god forbid) a large minnow muddler after dark but only saw bats.

Are there still trout in Pine Lake and if so what am I doing wrong?
 

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Tough lake to fly-fish...the fish are well trained to seek out powerbait. I have yet to perfect my rainbow powerbait look-a-like fly.

met some pwr'baiters doing extremely well for triploids in the neck of the bay to the left of the launch...Next time out there i might try anchoring up and using some flashy patterns under an indicator and drink a lot of beer. Other than that, trolling an olive wooley is pretty much the drill there.

I think the lake is pretty much fished out for trout by July...too many full stringers there.

Other than being close, i kinda hat the place as the gear chuckers have pretty much ruined the fly fishin opp's there.

Try Beaver Lk (3 small lakes) to the east a mile or so. They don't stock it like they do Pine, but it's more peaceful ....

Or...you can keep haulin in the small mouths, that sounds like good fun to me!
 

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Pine Lake Bats

I noticed that every time I cast they would fly in on me, I even hit one with my back cast and it crashed into the back of my tube.

A hatch did start right at dark, but I could not tell what and could not hear any fish.
 

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...but I have caught bats on dries and buggers. The last one was on Aeneas in the dark (of course) while casting to the shoreline. I heard this strange noise as the fly passed my head, turns out to be the bat which had tagged the bugger mid cast. The poor guy got wind knotted, tangled, and all messed up. With Backyards help and photo to proove it, I got him released. Too weird...

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Pine Lake Bats

This time of year at Pine Lake I would guess the evening hatch would be midges and small caddis. I would also gues that the lake is mostly fished out by now for trout. In the spring I see very few anglers leaving the lake without full stringers.

It sounds like you had pretty decent bass fishing though, especially on a fly. So what the heck, eh?
 

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Don't know if I would want to put up with those bats, but it sounds interesting to do some night fishing.

Since this topic is about Pine Lake, I thought I would pass along some info that I saw posted at the boat lauch today. Starting June 1, 2004 they will no longer allow gasoline engines, I don't think there was a hp limit, but a complete ban. They are also not going to allow boat trailers at the boat launch, which take up a lot of room in the parking lot. Only boats that can be carried on a roof top carrier will be allowed. This could definitely make the lake more fly fishing friendly, with smaller boats on the lake. :) I wonder if this will happen at some of the other small to medium size urban lakes?

As far as the fishing, the couple of gear guys that I talked with weren't having much luck from the dock. There weren't as many guys on the dock as I've usually seen, but I didn't get there until about 10 am ,since I was there with my dog and my friends son. No fishing for me, since I really go for the skinny water and haven't figured the lake thing out yet...

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My only recommendation is to check the water temperature first. If it's into or beyond the high-60's and sunny, then go shade or deep or deep shade. A fish finder would help, too. Otherwise, figure the trout will hold around 20 to 25 feet if you're wearing shades and short sleeves. A type 6 uniform sink line would help here. Then again, if you're planning on doing C&R, you might as well not fish. Not enough dissolved oxygen in the surface layer for decent fish recovery. Not long ago there was another discussion covering this issue, so no sense beating on it. Be merciful to the fish.
 

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Thanks, I've pretty much decided to wait until the fall, since I am not going to keep the fish. I thought about hitting either Pine or Beaver Lake last week when the weather cooled down, but never got around to it. Maybe I'll try for some bass action, since I've wanted to for a while!

I do remember the discussion about giving the lakes a break during the warm weather and will give the fish a break.

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I WILL LET YOU IN ON THE SECRET AS LONG AS YOU LET THE BIG BROWNS GO. THEY HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO LIVE 25 YEARS. IF YOU ARE ON THE DOCK LOOKING OUT YOU WILL SEE A BEND ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE LAKE. THAT IS THE DEEPEST SPOT IN THE WHOLE LAKE. YOU NEED TO GET OUT THERE ABOUT 4:30 AND FISH THAT WHOLE WITH A SINKING LINE. USE SMALL HAIR NYMPHS AS WELL AS DAMSEL NYMPHS.IT TAKES PATIENTS BUT THEY ARE THERE. THIS LAKE HAS ALSO NOT BEEN FISHING WELL FOR BAIT FISHERMAN. LAST YEAR THE LAKE WAS FISHED OUT IN A MONTH. THIS YEAR I HAVE SEEN ONLY A QUARTER OF FISH TAKEN OUT BY POWER BAIT.IF YOU HEAD TOWARDS THE FAR WEST COVE AND TROLL AROUND YOU WILL COME IN CONTACT WITH CUTTIES.ANYONE WHO SAYS THEIR AREN'T ANY IN THE LAKE ARE FULL OF IT. THESE CUTTIES HAVE BEEN TO COLLEGE AND HAVE RECIEVED A PHD IN AVOIDING THE NET. THERE ARE SOME VERY LARGE FISH IN THIS LAKE. I JUST WANT TO REMIND YOU ALL THAT EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A STOCKED LOW LAND LAKE, YOU SHOULD RELEASE ALL LARGE BROWNS AND CUTTIES. THEY ARE OLD AND CUNNING AND DESERVE TO LIVE. LET THE BAIT BOYS WAIST THEIR TIME ON THE STOCKED BOWS.
 
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