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Lake: Vega Reservoir
Fish: Rainbow Trout

Whoever has the belt, hand it over.......

Post By: Swampy13      Posted: 3/22/2019 9:28:06 AM     Points: 82    
Pathway and I ventured up to Vega yesterday. We had thought about going elsewhere but the approaching storm caused us to stay closer to home (sure McFly). We had the lake all to ourselves, except for a lone coyote who made the trip across the entire lake south to north. The Parks web site stated there was 2' of ice. We beg to differ, the distance to get through is closer to 3'. If there were a couple of more inches, then we would not have been able to fish. There are three or four layers of ice with layers of slush in between. There is no slush on the top. The snow level getting to the ice is at least hip deep. But if you stay on the snowmobile routes, then it is not a problem.

The fishing was pretty consistent throughout the day. Early on we fished in 18' of water with most fish suspended at 10'-15'. Pathway iced 10 fish or so during the first 45 minutes and I managed a measly 3. Upon his suggestion we moved to a small point. Our first set of holes were at 30' and the fish were suspended at 12'-18'. Pathway caught several more fish and I again caught 3. After awhile we moved closer to shore and drilled another set (as in two) of holes. This time we were in 18' of water. Some of the fish were suspended but most were on the very bottom. It really didn't matter what we were using, everything seemed to be working. I did find out that after catching two or three I had to switch rods and show them a different lure. I rotated three rods during most of the afternoon. A small red blade bait, a silver/pink tube and a 2" chartreuse minnow? I fished in that third hole the rest of the day. It was beyond being on fire, it was just plain silly.

Between the two of us we iced around 90 and had over a dozen get off right at the hole. Most of the fish were in the 12" neighborhood with some 14"-16". Sadly though, while it was fun, I did earn the slimmer belt, probably for quite some time. So, who ever has it, please turn it over. Jerry? Russ?
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 3/22/2019 10:35:08 AM     Points: 534    
After yesterdays performance I recommend Swampy for the Slimer Hall of Fame. 54 fish mostly out of one hole.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 3/22/2019 2:19:07 PM     Points: 5395    
You have to love it when the rod is bent, great day on the bourbon chiller.
Bill
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 3/22/2019 2:37:21 PM     Points: 5235    
Sounds like an epic day of ice fishing, congrats on your success and thanks for sharing.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 3/22/2019 5:29:38 PM     Points: 321    
Thatsí a SlimerPalooza Party, wow 😮. Sounds like we need to get a Belt for Pathway too. Russ, with his last trip to Blue, is the current 👑. I have been out of commission for a month since Russ has it for sure. But you each beat his mark ten-fold, so we will have to pry the belt from your dead, cold hands now!