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Fish: Rainbow Trout

Spookin’ The Cranky Bows

Post By: bharper      Posted: 10/9/2019 2:44:12 AM     Points: 214    
Good day of fishing today with Chet! Chet started the day off with a M.A. 24” Rainbow on a Zara Spook(Topwater)! Then at the end of the day I finally hooked a 21 1/2” 3+ lb Rainbow and I also hooked a 20” aerial Bow on a 1.5 Bluegill Patterned Squarebill! Then right before we left I caught a 21” skinny Walleye on the same crankbait.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 10/9/2019 5:53:23 AM     Points: 387    
Are those the McConaghy Rainbows that they used to stock in there or just the run of the mill hatchery bows?
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 10/9/2019 8:04:44 AM     Points: 10514    
Great looking fish congratulations.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/9/2019 9:19:39 AM     Points: 214    
Wmdunker- Not sure but if I find out I’ll let you know? 🤙

SGM - Thx! They were slamming the cranks hard! I actually had a monster Bow slam it so hard that it busted me off quickly then it came up making a biggg boil and splash! Fish was easily 8 + lb,I’m just guessing but I’m thinking it was in the 10 lb range? Two of the Bows caught recently were on the lower average size but these are some real healthy Bows! My friends Zara Spook fish absolutely inhaled it which didn’t make for much of a fight like the other ones! Out of the 6 Bows caught lately 3 of them have put on some great aerial jumping drag stripping fights!
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 10/9/2019 12:22:34 PM     Points: 531    
To the best of my knowledge they are plain old rainbows. I don't think they have stocked McConaghy rainbows in 30 years.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/9/2019 12:33:53 PM     Points: 214    
Pathway-I was hoping you would respond! Did you ever find out if they stocked Largemouth into the Reservoir below?
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 10/9/2019 4:18:01 PM     Points: 604    
Pigs!! Very nice sir. Man I need to get out...
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/9/2019 5:15:17 PM     Points: 214    
Thx! I sent you a text!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 10/9/2019 6:09:42 PM     Points: 32764    
Another really fine outting! Thanks for the pics and congrats!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/9/2019 6:27:11 PM     Points: 214    
Thx Bron! After I caught those two Bows other day I thought of my friend Chet who is a really good bass fisherman! Over the last two years he’s really got into some serious Trout fishing and as been catching some beauties! He took his Bass Fishing skills and it paid off within the first hour of fishing! This Reservoir has some quality Bass and Walleye as well!
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 10/10/2019 6:04:51 AM     Points: 387    
Thanks Lynn, I just remember that there was talk several years ago from the Division that they were thinking about putting the McConaghy's back in there sometime, so I wondered if they had actually done it. Sometimes in the evening when I used to go over there I would see wakes from huge fish near the surface as they chased smaller fish, I never knew if they were bass or trout and now it seems it was likely both.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 10/11/2019 11:30:37 AM     Points: 531    
B: I have an email to the bio and will advise when I get an answer on Purdy Mesa.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/11/2019 12:23:30 PM     Points: 214    
Appreciate it Lynn!👍🍻
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 10/11/2019 4:08:34 PM     Points: 2876    
Man, zara spooks are so much fun to use. Didn't realize rainbow trout would hit one of those. Nicely done
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/11/2019 4:46:14 PM     Points: 214    
Xavierk- We predominantly fish Bass here on this body of water! I’ve caught some nice bass on the Whopper Plopper and other topwater here! Last year on another site I saw a 4+ lb Bow that somebody caught on a Zara Spook! So while my friend was hoping to hook a nice Smallie or Largie I told him the story of the Trout caught on it! About 30 mins later he had a fish explode on it,he was hoping it was a big Smallie and I said it was probably a Bow! Well it was a big Bow! The big Bows seem to caught here more in the the Spring and Fall but this is the first topwater one I’ve seen!
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/11/2019 10:01:23 PM     Points: 34    
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/12/2019 5:20:38 AM     Points: 214    
SirGreg- 👍 I only caught 3 but two great fighting Bows,the Walleye t-boned my crankbait and fought surprisingly well for being skinny!
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 10/14/2019 9:30:19 AM     Points: 2876    
That's awesome. Can you send me an email in my skipper link as to where this is? I've been looking for a good smallie lake around here.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/14/2019 1:24:23 PM     Points: 214    
I sent an email to your link Nate!👍
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/14/2019 2:35:53 PM     Points: 34    
You're my hero!!!!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/14/2019 9:33:39 PM     Points: 214    
Lol!!! I’m just having fun!🤙🎣🍻
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 10/15/2019 3:12:54 PM     Points: 531    
Yep, the first batch of LMB went into Purdy on July 1st (994 fish stocked at average length of 1.2"). 
The response from the bio. Your going to have to wait a long time to see any sizable lmb.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/15/2019 8:49:16 PM     Points: 214    
Thx Pathway! 👍 Maybe we’ll get lucky? 😜

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