Not having been fishing for a couple of months, I went to Lake Alice near Fall City, WA twice since they stocked the lake with rainbows in mid-March. The first time, a few days after the fish plant, I fished for half a day and had only one bite to show for it! I did not see any other fishermen catch anything that day. No one had a plausible explanation why the fish were not biting. It’s extremely rare to be skunked within a week of a fish plant!
Not wanting to admit defeat, I went back to Lake Alice several days ago. When I arrived, I was the only fisherman on the lake. And for good reason. During the first hour, it was in the low 40s but calm and pleasant. Then the weather turned dramatically in the next hour–the skies quickly darken and I was pelted with driving rain and winds gusting to about 20 mph. The wind whipped up waves that made my float tube almost impossible to control. However, it was all worth it.
I quickly caught my limit of five trout. Yes, they were all small planter trout but they were fish. Having not fished in a couple of months, I was a little rusty handling the first couple of trout before the rhythm came back. I was trolling a #10 olive wooly bugger and a red bead head nymph on a full sinking line. My 5 weight fly rod was a little heavy for this job.
By the time I got back to shore to pack up, I realized that my hands were almost frozen and unbuckling my fin flippers was painful. Despite the chilly weather, it was a great fishing outing and my family enjoyed the rainbow trout we invited to dinner that evening. I’ll tell you how I cooked them in a later post.