Spent the past weekend with my son and Diggins (Jerry) on the western Slope fishing perch, crappies and pike. Perch where very cooperative however their size left a bit to be desired. Most ran 3-6 inches but we managed enough 7-9 inchers for a meal or two. Crappies where not as cooperative but we managed about a dozen. The size was good with most in the 10-12 inch range. Pike fishing with tip ups was good, however our hook up to landing ratio was pretty poor. In 2 1/2 days we had 15 flags, landed 3 fish at 21, 31 and 40.5 inches, lost 2 that the hook pulled out, had 5 break/bite offs while fighting the fish and 5 that took the bait but then dropped it or we missed the hook set for what ever reason "guess smaller fish". Crappies and perch where caught on the typical jigs and tear drops. White, orange, green where the best colors all tipped with a waxie. 30-35 FOW was best for us and fish where on the bottom to 10 feet up. Electronics helped to see those suspended fish. Pike fishing was straight up hook with dead perch. Ice is 15 inches with a 2 inch crust on top but no slush. Weather was nice, fishing was good and saw lots of elk and deer. In fact saw one cow elk a little to close for comfort but a near miss with the truck is still a miss so other than a little pucker factor everything is good. What can I say, a few days with my son and friend fishing makes for a great Presidents Day weekend.
Yes she was CPR, don't worry about the blood on her tail, it is mine. Side note to Jerry, thanks for the assist on landing her. You know you got a good fishing buddy when he sticks his hand down a hole to help pull out 40 inches of teeth and gets cut by a tooth in the process. Battle scars always make for a good story down the line.