Went to Vega last week looking for a little fall action and I wasn't disappointed. Vega is an irrigation reservoir that sits about about 8000 feet and fluctuates about 40 feet each year. It has daphnia plankton for winter food and insects, minnows and crayfish for summer forage. I had never fished it in the fall so I didn't quite know what to expect.
I started with a HD Trout on one rod and a gold glitter w/ pearl tail on the other rod. First cast I missed a strike on the tube and then all went quite and I didn't catch a fish for the first 15 minutes, but I did notice nervous minnow in against the bank so I knew there would soon be some kind of large fish activity. And I wasn't disappointed as a large swirl appeared to my right followed by another. I quickly through an HD Trout parallel to shore and immediately caught a 15" cutthroath. After working up the bank chasing more swirls I changed from the pink to the fire craw and caught another about the same size.
The sun started hitting the water and I could finally see the fish lined up waiting to attack. I tried several different lures and presentations without any interest until I hit upon a Mister Crappie 2" Lightning Shad in pink/black back on a 1/32 oz black head. I had a 2.5 # cutt. inhale it in about one foot of water.
About that time the wind shifted from southeast to north east and a mudline developed and the fish activity stopped.
Not to be detoured I moved to an area that was steeper and had more rock and was more protected from the wind and saw fish still slashing the surface for small minnows. There was a fairly large slick of green algae and dead minnows so I stuck with the HD Trout in pink and the pink shad body. Over the next 4 hours I managed two rainbows (one about 3.5 lbs) and 9 cutthroat by working water less than 4 feet deep. Some fish were caught literally under my feet, as they could not see me because of the heavy green algae.
Today's lesson is be observant of your surroundings and catch more fish.