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Lake: Watson Lake

tubing Watson

Post By: Hal      Posted: 9/1/2015 11:53:22 AM     Points: 169    
Put my tube on watson and threw some bass lures (rattle trap). Caught a lot of small fish. Watson use to be a great place to catch large trout - no more. I wonder why they stopped using the hatchery ????
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 9/1/2015 11:58:59 AM     Points: 24765    
Remember that fire and flood a few years ago... That screwed a lot of things up for Watson Lake and the hatchery.
 Reply by: Sleazy E      Posted: 9/1/2015 4:53:43 PM     Points: 447    
People tend to take every trout they catch. Since it hasn't been stocked in years the population of trout dwindles every day. If you caught small trout then that's a really good sign. Not to mention the new largemouth population in there. The months that the lake was unfishable due to the flood may have been a really good thing for the spring spawn of the species in there.
I bet the lake turns around and we will see bigger fish being caught come next spring. Elusive eyes and maybe that last tiger that may still be lurking in there.
 Reply by: CACHEM ALL      Posted: 9/2/2015 9:12:40 AM     Points: 204    
I had some tell me that there is pike in there. Is this true.
 Reply by: Skookshunter      Posted: 9/2/2015 10:36:22 AM     Points: 2530    
Pike have not historically been stocked in Watson. They used to stock tiger muskie with the most recent stocking coming in 2007. I find that a lot of people will mistake tigers for pike or group them together as the same fish. If any pike exist in there it would be the result of flooding or bucket biology which I HIGHLY doubt since the place is monitored so closely.
 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 9/2/2015 1:28:49 PM     Points: 25840    
I've heard of one pike coming out of Watson, although I have no clue how it got in there. The big trout and smallies are still in there, you just have to hunt a bit harder and wade through the dinks.