Post By: johnski Posted: 10/4/2017 12:06:58 PMPoints: 3220
Okay so this will be an update for 2 of our favorite lakes. First of all, A friend and I travelled the rocky road to Regan, full of optimism. Upon arriving at the lake, the optimism soon faded as the lake gave off a greenish hue. It was full of tiny green algae, with visibility of about 2 feet. There is something about fishing murky water that I find disheartening so after a few casts, we headed to Road Canyon. Now this lake has a algal bloom of those 1 cm green wigglies, but not nearly as bad as Regan. But we hit it at mid day with bright skies and the fishing was slow. Friend caught a few and I caught one that did 7 aerial jumps. Worth the price of admission for that fish alone! Beautiful up there!
Just returned from Lake of the Woods a couple weeks ago and that lake was having an algae bloom in some areas. I have also had the same thing happen at other northern lakes at different times running from late summer through mid-fall.
Something about the change to cooler conditions or less light seems to trigger them...but timing and severity level is not consistent from year to year. ..and some years nothing happens at all.
Lake Erie is in the middle of a big one right now.
One consistent thing...the fishing tends to suck where they are particularly bad.
Thanks eso....The lake has not always been like this in fall. Here's some theories I have. Canada Geese...goodly numbers defacating into the lake. Creating a nutrient rich stew. Nutrients from the Papoose wildfire runoff may be a factor. Cattle poop may also be a factor. In any event, I dislike fishing in green slime. Did ya catch fish up north???/
Reply by: esoxrocks Posted: 10/6/2017 10:44:13 AM Points: 2474
We had a good trip. We primarily fish Musky but took some time off here and there and caught good numbers of eyes, smallies, and northerns as well.
My buddy got his 4th lifetime 50"+ fish (exactly 50") although it doesn't look like it in the picture (first pic below)...my largest this year was a 44" (second pic below). I think between the three of us on the trip we had 16 35"+ fish... and probably 3 times as many follows & misses.