The Lake - 2011
This year should be a good year for fishing the lake. There is lots of
snow in the mountains so the lake should remain at high levels long enough
to protect the spawn. We had a very late spring with lots of rain and
constant cold fronts coming through. However, with the river running at a
very high level, I spent most of the early season on the lake.
||April 22. The fishing has been pretty decent so
far, but some days have been unfishable due to high winds and cold
fronts coming through. Today, I finally did get a fish worth a photo.
This one was 18+ inches and probably weighed in at around 3 pounds or a
bit more. As you can see the fish was nice and fat.
||May. The month of May is usually my favorite
month on the Lake. The smartweed has not choked out the shallows,
allowing for some great wading in spots like this. This area is mostly
knee deep and has lots of dead growth and brush, a great hangout for
largemouth. On the 19th, I caught 22 bass in 2 hours wading the edges
and brush patches of this clearing.
||May 24. Just six days later, I returned to wade
the site of my conquest. In typical Lake Lowell fashion, I fished for 45
minutes without a strike or any sign of a fish. Finally this 14" fat
female took my home molded Fluke bait. A few minutes later I landed a
nice 16" fish. I ended with 2 other strikes, but was well humiliated by
the changing moods of Lake Lowell.