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Lake: Road Canyon Reservoir

Lot of Casts for One Fish

Post By: johnski      Posted: 10/4/2017 12:06:58 PM     Points: 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!
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: 10/5/2017 12:37:31 PM     Points: 2474    
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.
 Reply by: johnski      Posted: 10/5/2017 4:20:04 PM     Points: 3220    
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.

Not epic...but a good trip.
 Reply by: johnski      Posted: 10/10/2017 11:50:19 AM     Points: 3220    
Hey Esox...very nice fish. What you did is something on my bucket list for sure. Thanks for sharing those awesome fish and your adventure.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/10/2017 12:14:34 PM     Points: 101    
I'm not a fan of algae blooms that's why I fish the river mostly this time of the year! Nice fish Esoxs,I hope to make it up to Rainy Lake someday!
 Reply by: the-fishing-guy      Posted: 11/25/2017 5:50:18 PM     Points: 145    
Caught my limit today at road canyon.. the bite was great!! Had action from when I got their to when I left..