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Lake: Pastorius Reservoir

Winter-kill?

Post By: StillwaterFishCatcher      Posted: 4/4/2013 8:54:57 PM     Points: 110    
I remember seeing something about a possible winter-kill here. Does anyone know anything about it?
 Reply by: FireFish      Posted: 4/5/2013 5:00:56 PM     Points: 113    
I haven't heard. I was out there in early April and had no hits anywhere. It's possible but pasto has enough ice fishing / green veg and depth I think it would have enough oxygen. At ice off the fishing is usually really good for rainbows. I'm even more curious about joe Moore res. it's much more shallow and the last time I iced it a dead yellow perch came up through the hole.. Not a good sign!
 Reply by: Bwallace10327      Posted: 4/5/2013 9:18:25 PM     Points: 204    
I was just about to post the same question. I have fished here several times since ice out and each time has been a little more dissapointing. My only hope is that smaller bass didn't die off. I've seen alot of trout dead on the shore, some larger sized bass and a few blue gill. I'm hoping since bass require less oxygen than trout and larger fish need more oxygen than smaller fish, i will still be able to bass fish there once the water warms up, although they may not be as big as last year.
 Reply by: FireFish      Posted: 4/6/2013 8:32:25 AM     Points: 113    
Bwallace,
You are referring to joe Moore right? I sure hope the bass fishing is as good as last year! Caught and released sooo many 12 - 14 ers and some decent crappie. It was a blast to get the belly boat out on. How do the water levels look since ice out?
 Reply by: Bwallace10327      Posted: 4/6/2013 1:25:57 PM     Points: 204    
I was talking about Pastorius
 Reply by: Catcherman      Posted: 4/6/2013 2:50:20 PM     Points: 3155    
I went to Joe Moore the 27th of March. It was still pretty capped with ice so I didn't get to fish it. Water levels looked very low, but that was the first time I have been there so I have nothing to compare it to.

I have seen a lot of dead fish around pastorious and I have heard the Dow was suggesting a fish kill due to low oxygen levels in February. For what its worth one guy told me he caught some slimers out of the lake recently. This guy also told me he fished from the pinos inlet all the way to vallecito creek a few weeks ago...a few weeks ago there was only about 150 yards of open water from vallecito creek. Closer to the pinos was still frozen so either I misunderstood him or he's a bit of a rug (Lies around a lot).
 Reply by: StillwaterFishCatcher      Posted: 4/6/2013 3:05:53 PM     Points: 110    
Doesn't sound good.
 Reply by: Catcherman      Posted: 4/7/2013 12:50:49 PM     Points: 3155    
Firefish- what were the water levels like last summer on Joe Moore? I was think about taking a trip up there mid next week. Do a little three lake one dayfishing.
 Reply by: FireFish      Posted: 4/8/2013 6:09:23 PM     Points: 113    
Early season (run off) it was full as a tick! But it's an irrigation lake so it slowly lowers throughout the summer. I put the belly boat out on it a couple times and the last time the water was bath warm. Even when it's full it's only 10 to 12 at its deepest I'd say and it gets pretty veggie when the water is low but it's a little honey hole for largies and decent yellow perch as well as crappie and green sunnies!
 Reply by: fishscale      Posted: 5/22/2013 9:24:01 AM     Points: 153    
Pastorius didn't winter kill this year. I was out on the ice this winter a few times and was able to catch at least a few small trout each time. I've also been up there a few times in the last 3 weeks and caught trout as well as a largemouth bass. One of the bass was in the 12-14" range which would mean it's lived there for at least a year or two.

Caught this guy last week on midge pattern. (My net is huge)