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09-27-2008, 04:46 PM
We were the first on the water this morning and had a fish on not 50 yds from the ramp trolling a top-lined Jake’s and then the top-water bite pretty much quit. We trolled Needle Fish, Crip lures and Jake’s both shallow and deep ending the day with 17 fish to 23”. With the exception of the first fish all were caught deep and all on Jake’s.
Clear skies, light wind and the water temp is still holding at 60 degrees.

Ran into Mr. Sockeye on the water today who was having a great day.
Nice meeting you Mike and thanks again for the invite.
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09-27-2008, 05:05 PM
17 fish to 23" is a great day! Nice to see you guys still getting them Gary.


Captain Compassion
09-27-2008, 05:24 PM
Beautiful Gary. Did you use the lead core? Gotta love Heenan.


09-27-2008, 05:49 PM
Beautiful Gary. Did you use the lead core? Gotta love Heenan.


You bet. Dug out an old 9 and 10 Penn and loaded them up. First fish I’ve caught on lead core in decades. Got to admit it does work well in that situation though.

09-27-2008, 07:27 PM
I figured I'd hitch hike on your thread, so hopefully I don't steal any of your thunder. *First off, it was my pleasure to meet you Gary. *And MM said it right, 17 fish to 23 inches is an awesome day on the water. *You guys were by far the hottest boat, tube, or otherwise out there today. *I fished banker's hours today, I saw no reason to get up early when the bite has been better later in the morning for me. *I think it worked out pretty good, *I got a couple more hours of much needed sleep, and boated nine trout. *I got my second biggest one of the season today, around 24" and 4 pounds. *This guy looked like a shark in the water, the top predator of his enviroment. *
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The first one of the day
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Hey Doc, I guess they still do clip the adipose fins. *Thanks for all the kind commnents, you are a gentleman and a scholar.
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The big boy of the day, a solid 23-25" fish, churning up the surface. *2.5" Needlefish for scale.
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A bald eagle grabbed this one and dropped it. *It was neat to see an eagle take off with a 3 pound trout. *The eagle's talons took out both eyes, and made a nasty scratch on the LCT's head. *I scooped up the dead fish, and shot a picture. *Very majestic bird.
By the way, of the nine fish I caught today, only 8 were cutts, I also got an 18" rainbow, which came cartwheeling out of the water twice, as soon as I hooked him. *Then, just like CC says, "rainbows fight franticlly for their lives." *That really did describe that bow's fight, as he jumped, and dug as hard as he could.

09-27-2008, 07:55 PM
Dammit guys!! All this talk of slayin' 'em at Heenan is making me salivate.

How's the wind out there? Will I get blown around in my 'toon? (No motor)

Great pics.


09-27-2008, 07:58 PM
Hey, I thought of you, Richard, when I caught that big rainbow today. He was hooked by the pectoral fin, "swing and a miss" or so he thought! That fish fought so danged hard, my arms were tired. He would have made a fine specimen in a frying pan. Still, he doesn't belong, and I really wished a pox on his life. That lake is just to valuable for bows to be in. I didn't get a picture of him, becuase I couldn't find my camera at the time. Where does a camera go on a 12 foot boat? I found it later, right by my foot.

09-28-2008, 07:56 AM
Dammit guys!! *All this talk of slayin' 'em at Heenan is making me salivate.

How's the wind out there? *Will I get blown around in my 'toon? *(No motor)

Great pics.

Most people use motor less tunes. Just need to watch the wind and head towards the ramp before it gets too bad to kick against. You can often do well just staying within a couple hundred yds of the ramp.
From a toon you can do well throwing or jigging spoons or if you are fly fishing go to a deep sinking line (type 3 I think, 15 to 20 ft) right now and slowly drag flies along the bottom. You do get some surface action but with the weeds being down I think the fish are mostly feeding on Snails and scuds along the bottom.

On a side note the shore guys were doing very well off the main point. Usually tough to fish from shore and still is in many areas but the band of weed around the lake isn’t that thick this year especially in that spot and seems to be receding a little more each week with the cooler weather.

MR. Sockeye,
With 9 fish you actually did better then we did considering there were two of us and only one of you. Great meeting you on the water. The best place to meet a fellow Sniffer.
The Rainbow infestation is a real concern. I was thinking yesterday that maybe DFG could place some floating pens around the lake to deposit suspected fish.

09-28-2008, 08:44 AM
The Heenan Lake cutthroat stock has been genetically introgressed with rainbows for a very long time. That's why the fish can't be used for the LCT recovery effort.