Post By: jimmy1219 Posted: 10/9/2012 2:31:09 PM Points: 269
Went fishing yesterday and caught a perch and had a follow of a large fish. 2ft plus. I dont believe it was a large trout. This was my first time fishing there so I really dont know what it could have been. Looked more walleye like from the quick look I had. Had a large dorsal fin from what I remember.
When I did have the follow I was catching perch nearly every cast. Had 10 in a row up to that point. After that follow I only caught one more perch. Probably scared them off. About 4-5 casts after the follow I had something hit that cut my line cleanly. Now I have no clue what it could have been. Does anyone have any Idea what that might have been?? I am very curious.
Reply by: FishSeal Posted: 10/10/2012 9:21:35 AM Points: 4437
So how far did you walk in? I don't recognize the location. That 9" used to be keepable size and there were lots of them. Seaman is where I usually go icing for perch. Boyd lake is also another great place for perch.
The year before that reservoir was drained, I had a fantastic season there. I landed two browns in the 26-28 inch class, and countless more 18 to 22 inches. Those two were giant fish, I could have fit my fist in their open mouths. Since I was on my own fishing up there I don't have pics so you'll just have to take my word for it.
The perch were amazing up there. Back then ten-inchers were throwbacks. I remember catching many 9 to 11 inch perch with large scars on their sides. There are no pike or walleyes there, just huge, nasty browns...
I believe you. I didnt want to say anything as I was actually quite amazed but the fish that came up was just under 30" probably around an 8-10lb fish. I honestly didnt think it could have been a trout because I wasnt figuring that there was that size of fiah in there. Anyway I look forward to going there again soon cuz he was a monster. Thanks everyone for the help. I am a believer now. Almost thought I was going to have to go get some steel leaders. Guess I ll just have to bring some beefier gear or bring a little tippet. Good luck and I hope to see some of yiu guys out and my new favorite spot. Lol
jimmy, you better take pics too when you catch that toad!! We'll believe you, but let the others scoff. You may want to consider mounts or eating/releasing. It's your choice and I don't care what you choose... but what I am suggesting, is you may want to think about it before you actually catch it and make a possible regretful decision.
Totally know what you are saying. I honestly dont care what others think personally. Im out there to get away from work and the stresses of life. I try to release everything. Especially the giants. I have a nephew who is a dreamerof trophy fish as I was as a kid and want to teach him that we need those trophies reproducing. If I have a pic thats good enough for me if I have the chance to do that.
FS forgot to tell ya I caught most of my fish right on that corner of the lake where the hillside jumps out into the lake. Anywhere I found some weeds I found perch. Caught a small brown myself about 3 fish in and about halfway into our trip my fiance landed that bow. It was getting closer to evening when I had that follow. The shadows started to land on the water.
Im just glad I found a place so close to my house that has good sized fish.
Yeah that sounds dead-on. I estimated the two I caught at about 7 or 8 pounds each, and I have no problem believing an 8 to 10 pounder was seen.
You're making me jealous. I moved from that area the year after the reservoir was drained and haven't been back since. That lake was so amazing back in the day...stringers of perch that looked like the Devil's Lake ND website.
It really taught me an important lesson about CO fisheries when that one was killed...our fisheries are all so fake, so enjoy good fishing when you find it here, because it never lasts and can be taken from you at any time.
Looking forward to the lake getting back to its form with the perch. I went to school to play baseball at NDSU in fargo. Fished Devils lake a few times and loved it. Plenty of fish for frying.
Well I am probably gonna try my luck at Seaman again tomorrow. Will probably tie on some larger tippet cuz I dont want to get an empty line again.
Bassin did you ever find a certain lure that those browns liked to take. I was using a mepps aglia #1 when I had the follow and bite-off. Probably gonna try the same thing but was curious since you seem to be one of the few who have actually caught a few.