Friday, November 25, 2011

Day 196: Turkey Day Trout Fishing

A Thanksgiving bullhead.
When: Thursday, November 24th, from 7am to 9am
Where: Lower Echo Lake
What: Trout fishing
Weather: Clear skies, 39 degrees, NW wind at 5mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.13in and steady
Moon: Just before new
Water Conditions: Stained, cold and full of leaves

My family has been spending Thanksgiving at my uncle's in Westfield for as long as I can remember. Every year, when we made the turn-off Route 22, I saw Echo Lake Park and always wanted to go fishing in there. Now that I live so close, I have gone fishing there a bunch of times, and that is exactly where I went on Thanksgiving morning.

For a reason.

I normally fish Upper Echo Lake, but I learned earlier in the week that Lower Echo Lake received a winter allotment of trout. Someone told me the fish were biting right when they dumped off the truck, so I figured, why not?

I still had some nightcrawlers in my fridge and some Power Bait lying around as well. I woke-up bright and early on the crisp Thanksgiving morning, stopped at Starbucks and headed to the park. There were several people already there, which is normally my cue to go somewhere else, but I found some elbow room and stuck it out. I baited one line with a crawler and one with Power Bait.

Over the next couple of hours, I had plenty of action, although the intended species did not come to hand. The nightcrawlers were getting slammed by bullheads, and I landed close to 10 of them. Most of them were much larger than the one in the photo, but I just took a pic of the first fish that I caught. I also lost a larger fish on the nightcrawlers that was probably a trout. The Power Bait got picked-up a couple times, and I hooked and lost one fish that was also most likely a trout.

So, the first of the holiday fishing was somewhat a success. I got a few fish, although nothing huge and no trout.

Maybe all the big fish only bite on Christmas.

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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