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Lake: Lake John
Fish: Rainbow Trout

ICE AT LAKE JOHN

Post By: Karosly      Posted: 12/4/2019 11:56:22 AM     Points: 0    
Thinking about heading up to john this weekend. It looked capped 4 days ago looking at the resorts facebook page photo, but i dont trust the thickness yet. Anyone know if the ice will be thick enough this weekend, or the current report for the lake?
 Reply by: Wattzz      Posted: 12/4/2019 12:07:15 PM     Points: 13147    
Call Them?
 Reply by: Raskal      Posted: 12/4/2019 12:44:47 PM     Points: 2719    
11.30.19 from: LakeJohnResort
We measured the lake around 3:00pm on 11.30.19 Lake John was fully capped with 2.5”-3.5” of ice. Roads accessible with some drifting near the edges. Back way into Lake John from Cowdrey from 6w to 7 was accessible this afternoon but starting to close in with drifting near the edges.
 Reply by: carpgirl      Posted: 12/6/2019 7:41:43 PM     Points: 332    
just saw high winds warnings for south wyoming over the weekend my get windy at lake john watch out wes
 Reply by: droolr      Posted: 12/15/2019 11:06:06 AM     Points: 1582    
8in of ice . Trout are inedible strong toxic algae flavors . C and R is the best idea . Iam soaking a 20in bow in brine for 24hrs and smoking it . Fish might be edible after that but iam not taking any more fish from lake john home. It sucked that the 16in rainbow I baked was totally inedible and had to go in the trash.
 Reply by: Troutman      Posted: 12/15/2019 1:47:10 PM     Points: 62    
Thanks for the report. I too release lake John fish. The 1 I kept last year tasted funny also.
Any ATVs on the ice yet?
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 12/15/2019 3:36:54 PM     Points: 783    
For real on the bad taste? We'll be going up next week, haven't fished it for 10 years now, but the fish always tasted good before. Is this a new problem for the lake??
 Reply by: wapitichaser      Posted: 12/16/2019 1:18:48 PM     Points: 1    
people that post things on the internet are always correct
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: 12/16/2019 4:50:01 PM     Points: 487    
Hey I appreciate the report of the stanky fish. With algae blooms so prevalent these days, it's a reality.
 Reply by: droolr      Posted: 12/16/2019 5:32:04 PM     Points: 1582    
20in bow soaked in brine for over 24hrs and smoked is inedible too . Really bad a small piece numbs the mouth. I wonder if it absorbed cyanobacteria toxins over the summer or from eating stickle back minnows
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 12/16/2019 6:35:48 PM     Points: 9382    
Man that stinks. About like eating stockers out of mud holes/ ponds they used to put them in out East here. Taste like the water they came out of. I haven’t ate any trout for a long time. I could never get that flavor out.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 12/16/2019 9:14:14 PM     Points: 27876    
That really stinks. We’ve kept fish from Lake John over the years to eat. Honestly, I think all trout stinks. But the folks that like them in our group that keep a few have enjoyed them. Wonder if this is a recent change?

Maybe talk to the folks at the store/campground there and see if others have reported the same?
 Reply by: jakobi      Posted: 12/17/2019 12:33:13 PM     Points: 65    
Anyone else able to confirm the poor taste? I haven't taken any fish since last winter but they were always great. Possibly related to the size of the fish? Previous years fish were 14-16 range and it looks like this year they are more frequently 18-20.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 12/17/2019 2:40:55 PM     Points: 27876    
What are you using in the brine? What kind of wood for smoke?

Cleaning fish very soon after catch?

The part about it making your mouth numb is concerning
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 12/17/2019 10:17:30 PM     Points: 783    
This is a bit concerning, and can't say that I've heard much about this at all.Usually don't keep trout, but have a few friends that like them. I'll give'em all the trout they want, but eyes & perch, forget it -)
 Reply by: elkskinner      Posted: 12/19/2019 7:12:50 PM     Points: 355    
Ok, how about an up to date report?

I read that message about the bad tasting trout. Frankly, did not believe it. I have experienced mossy tasting fish in the late summer on various lakes, when the moss/algae was thick, but never had a problem with John fish in the winter. However.....

The wifey and I drove up Tues morn. Water was clear (which always makes the fishing much more exciting), and we saw lots of fish, but they just wouldn't bite. The fish was cruise by within inches of the bait, sometimes they would nip the bait, but rarely a good take. I finally caught a small one about 11, and decided to open it up to see what was in the stomach. Just as I suspected, full of stickleback minnows. Gorged. I could see dozens, sometimes hundreds, of minnows right on the bottom. Hey, no need to feed on worms or meal worms or krill when there are a gazillion minners right in front of you! We ended up with 3 small trout over about 9 hours. Not a very good catch rate.

The wifey caught one just before we left. I had a pretty firm grip on it, trying to get the hook out. Squeezed it a bit, and 6 minnows came flying out of the mouth. Two of 'em were still alive, and swimming in the melted ice inside the hut!

Fried up 3 fillets tonight. Yes, there was a faint mossy taste to those fish. First time I have ever experienced that in the winter. I did eat all the fillets, but I wouldn't give those kind of fish to my elderly neighbor, as I often do.

I have been fishing that lake for 60 years. I've had some good days, some VERY good days, and a few bad days, too. Probably won't go back til spring time, open water.


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