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Lake: Lake John

Yes there are fish in Lake John ! :)

Post By: team FMFO      Posted: 8/24/2019 5:11:07 PM     Points: 3313    
I was on the water @ 9:00 a.m. this morning and was only on the water 10 minutes and BAM !!! 20 1/2 in. Rainbow and 9 1/2 in. girth and just under 4 lbs. Then 1 hr. later BAM !!! 21 in. Cutbow 11 in. girth and over 4 lbs.
Gotta love NP. And yes they are going in a Brine for over 24 hrs. And then smoked with 2 different wood chips for 4 hrs. On the Traeger !!!
Comes out like fish candy.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 8/24/2019 6:22:14 PM     Points: 9382    
That sounds delicious. What do you use in your brine?
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: 8/24/2019 6:32:47 PM     Points: 3313    
Soy sauce, salt , pepper, brown sugar, dry rub seasonings, fresh squeezed lemon, lime and worshtershier sauce.. I do it in a 5 gallon bucket and put in a reach in cooler for at least 24 hrs. Oh and garlic salt.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 8/24/2019 11:00:58 PM     Points: 9382    
Interesting. That's sounds good. I've been soaking my fillets in milk water brown sugar white sugar salt pepper garlic and onion powder some famous Dave's seasoning all so some parsley flakes. Soak they overnight. Seems to help a bit.

what woods are you using? I really like fish with pecan wood. Cherry is awesome as well.

Something I've been doing is when I'm frying fish. I put Frank's red hot in with the milk and eggs when battering. Holly cow it's good.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 8/25/2019 6:21:47 AM     Points: 34    
There is sooooo much food in the water right now up there. They are packing on the pounds.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 8/25/2019 8:16:14 AM     Points: 1663    
Hogs, nice.
 Reply by: Wilbur Rednbacker      Posted: 8/25/2019 8:46:51 AM     Points: 2079    
I spice up my Frank's red hot with this: Black Mamba Get Bitten hot sauce( That gives Frank's some bite.
 Reply by: elkskinner      Posted: 8/25/2019 2:11:03 PM     Points: 355 might want to get that scale calibrated.

I have been fishin' that lake for over 60 years, (yeah, I'm an old guy) and I have taken hundreds - many hundreds - of trout out of Lake John, while also fishing other North Park lakes and southern Wyoming. Those 2 trout in the pix are not 4 pound fish. At 21", they probably go 2 1/2, maybe 3 pounds tops. Now if they were real footballs, with deep bellys, then maybe - maybe - they might (??) hit 4 pounds.

Hey, I sometimes tend to exaggerate my catches, too. But when you provide photos, you really should stick to the facts.

Still, all things considered, 2 nice fish.

 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: 8/25/2019 3:22:49 PM     Points: 2486    
Nice fish FMFO. Do you mind sharing techniques for getting fish like that out of the weeds,
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 8/25/2019 3:40:25 PM     Points: 4665    
There is a formula for the weight of fish:

length times the girth squared(girth x girth) divided by 800.

Nice fish and it sounds like you did better than most from the recent reports.

 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: 8/25/2019 8:46:31 PM     Points: 3313    
hunter creek hit me up any time at team or call if you want .

 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 8/25/2019 10:36:31 PM     Points: 34    
Haters always hatin. Dont listen to them.
 Reply by: Coyute      Posted: 8/26/2019 1:18:29 PM     Points: 115    

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