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Lake: Barr Lake
Fish: Walleye

What a difference a year will make

Post By: Goosehunter82      Posted: 5/30/2018 2:04:21 PM     Points: 51713    
Day 3 in a row at barr from the boat. What a difference one day will make. Monday=slow, Tuesday=decent day (ie I caught a few fish), Wednesday=even slower.... It's crazy how a lake changes year to year. Last year guys were catching all sorts of fish. This year everyone I have talked to (over a dozen) all say what happened? Personally I think it got over fished last year. Most guys aren't even picking up any trout which in years past use to be a pain to get past the trout for the walleye. I saw a guy I know out today shocking the water in an effort to remove the trash fish. He said today is day two for them and they have only seen one walleye in 2 days. There taking 55 gallon drums of carp off the lake and only 1 eye. Crazy.
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 5/30/2018 2:58:06 PM     Points: 23141    
Thats the.. fun.. of fishing !!! Lots and lots of " moving parts " to try to figure out . Conditions are always changing. Sometimes to little effect, sometimes to a lot.Sometimes it just the lake itself. Wolford comes to mind. I can shore fish that dam lake everyday for a week. And everyday it fishes diffrent !
What a diffrence a YEAR makes ! Hell . What a diffrencwe a DAY( and even a few hours ) makes !! Now while overfishing is possible. It's really pretty rare.Hard to believe all the walleye.. and.. trout got caught. My guess would be some kind of forage explosion. Baitfish, crawdads ect. That does happen.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 5/30/2018 6:11:39 PM     Points: 34687    
Thats funny, AWB and I were having this conversation a week or two ago and I was thinking about a blog on it. Im seeing it big time in the lakes we skipper other than the 2 high altitude ones. Some have gotten over populated with carp and we cant get any over 2# now. Some had nice perch 4 or 5 years ago and we dont catch any now. I guess nature is cyclical and what goes around will come around again eventually. Gotta keep tabs on the old standbys and explore new places too.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 5/30/2018 6:29:35 PM     Points: 1663    
Too bad we can't fish the other side of the buoy eh.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 5/30/2018 7:28:08 PM     Points: 51713    
True story. Years ago my brothers ex was out on the boat fishing with us and asked, "I wonder what kind of fish are on the other side of the bouy?" maybe that's why she's the ex!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 5/30/2018 7:30:31 PM     Points: 34687    
The grass carp are always greener the other side of the buoy.