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insearchoffish
11-25-2012, 08:02 PM
They say idle hands are the devils playground, so soon as I got home I started planning my next fishing trip. Since today was sunday I realized Bainter might be able to go, gave him a call, picked him and his yak up at 5:45 and we were off. Destination Slab Creek and Brush Creek reservoirs, sorry Dirty530 and Borntoscout I should have called you guys, next time maybe I will plan a little more in advance. A few hours later we were at the Forebay Rd launch.
http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/ForbayRdLaunch.jpg


Threw the yaks in and started trolling west. Around the 3rd or 4th bend I hooked into my first fish of the day.

http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/slabbo.jpg


When I hooked it all I could think in my head was squawfish, due to all my research saying the place is loaded with them and there are only native trout. Though I think a few planters might wash down from upriver, one that I caught looked just like a DFG planter. The others all nice clean square tails. The one down side to this lake is the lack of sunshine on a cold morning! Or even a cool afternoon!!!

http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/Inthehole.jpg


Found a productive area so Bainter and I made a few passes through there and the fish were hungry.....but also very smart. I must have had 15-20 worm stealers and only managed 4 fish to the boat. All on dodger and worm, one pole with wild thing and the other with the seps. The fished like both, when I would go through them the close rod would get hit then a few paddles later the long set back would get hit, usually neither of them sticking.


Around 2 we decided to go and check out Brush Creek res. A short drive up a kinda sketchy road and we were relaunching the yaks.
http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/BrushCreekres.jpg
I ran jumped in and headed to the inlet, a few hundred feet before the inlet I get hit, but doesnt stick.
I would not get hit again until I was on my way back to the launch an hour or so later, and again hit no stick. If ever there was a day to try adding a 2nd hook to my worm it was today, but for some reason I didnt, just kept thinking I would get the next one. Called it a day and headed home. Where to next ? Im open to suggestions.
Slab Damn Pic
http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/Slabcreekdamn.jpg

CAL.NDN
11-25-2012, 08:09 PM
Cool. Yea not much sun around canyon. You were in my neck of the woods. There some big ones in there.

Marv
11-25-2012, 09:16 PM
That is one pretty squaw fish, lol. Nice colors on that guy. Ride and I had a ruff day as well, oh well puts fire in your a** fish harder next time. If i get a float tube do you think i could hitch a tow from you and Bainter? I can net them as they come past me, lol.

Bainter1212
11-25-2012, 09:26 PM
OK Kevin here are some of my pics:

Here is Insearchofish with a wry look to his face:

http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj547/Bainter1212/IMGP0080.jpg


Got this super nice wild bow. He bled a little but not bad, swam away immediately upon release.

http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj547/Bainter1212/IMGP0081.jpg


Takin a break at the inlet:

http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj547/Bainter1212/IMGP0085.jpg



Second bow. Not as big as the first but fought like a demon and hard to get to the net.

http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj547/Bainter1212/IMGP0086.jpg


Overall a very good day of fishing. Caught 3 total including a squawfish. All fish were C&R'd. I love the shape and proportion of these wild fish, especially that first one. Much more muscular and energetic than planters, also planters in general seem to tire out easily and need to be revived even after a short fight. These fish were long in proportion to their weight, which was very pleasing. Kevin and I left with just one question: Are squawfish good to eat? I know some people kill them, but are they tasty? Hate to put an invasive fish back but also hate to just kill it and waste the meat. Anyhow..........Enjoy!

insearchoffish
11-25-2012, 10:22 PM
That is one pretty squaw fish, lol. Nice colors on that guy. Ride and I had a ruff day as well, oh well puts fire in your a** fish harder next time. If i get a float tube do you think i could hitch a tow from you and Bainter? I can net them as they come past me, lol.

Yea Ill tow you around marv!! LOL Gotta be easier than towing my dad back on windsurfer this summer when all went calm. Or better yet we can take the tin can, take the lazy route!!:stomper:

Oh yea notice how bainter took that picture so my fish looks hella little. LOL:sherlock:

dpars
12-03-2012, 03:27 PM
Are any kind of motors allowed on these lakes or even possible to get a boat other than a kayak in the water? I love the looks of the lakes and appear to have some nice solitude.

Nice fish by the way...

pcwa_guy
12-03-2012, 04:26 PM
You can use any motor you like. No trailored boats allowed at the dam at Slab and you better wait a week or more so because you can bet that last storm filled them up with muddy water and ton of debris!!!!!!!!!! These are wild trout fisheries and I like to CnR to sustain the population. Good luck!

insearchoffish
12-04-2012, 08:08 PM
Are any kind of motors allowed on these lakes or even possible to get a boat other than a kayak in the water? I love the looks of the lakes and appear to have some nice solitude.

Nice fish by the way...

There was a nice launch at Brush Creek res. a little narrow but good. Where I launched at Slab you would have to carry your boat in, never been to the damn. +1 on the catch and release, I left all mine in there for ya! though they may be a little wiser now. good luck and let us know how you do when you go.

Trout Tracker
12-08-2012, 05:32 AM
I lived in Placerville for sometime about 20 years ago
and both those places are great to camp and fish.
I know that the place with the dam has a narrow
boat launch.I have always wanted to take my 14ft Valco
and give trolling a try.
I know i can get the boat in the water but
i'm afraid my Toyota tacoma won't be able to get it out.
The ramp looks a bit slippery and don't want to
get stuck.
Both places are flat out beautiful.
TT

CAL.NDN
12-08-2012, 08:37 AM
Just be safe abd careful when u are up in our back country have emergency kits and warm clothing make shure to check weather reports. And sometimes these hills mite have eyes. And there are alot of places people dont want you to stumble across.

Trout Tracker
12-08-2012, 09:18 AM
I know about them eyes that see you and if not careful
you don't see them.
During the good weather i ride my quad all thru the poho ridge area
and have run on to some weird things.
I just go the other way and mind my own Ps an Qs
wanting no trouble.
It blows me away some of the stuff you find when on a road that
seems no one may know about.
But i do ALWAYS have my best friend with me.
Them hills have eyes.
TT

PinkSalmon
12-10-2012, 03:48 PM
do you need a 4x4 or awd to get to the resevoir? from google maps i see all dirt roads.

Bainter1212
12-10-2012, 06:24 PM
No you shouldn't. Paved roads the whole way, low elevation so minimal snow.

insearchoffish
12-10-2012, 10:36 PM
Just watch out for Ice and take your time, if you miss the road in some spots you WILL NOT return from that fishing trip! Have fun good luck and be sure and give us a report of how you do when you make it out there.. Thanks Kevin