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Lake: Vega Reservoir
Fish: Snake River Cutthroat

It's not always about what you throw...

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 1/7/2021 12:21:35 PM     Points: 315    
A few weeks ago, we hit a Vega and it was on fire! My buddy and I decided to fish it again recently and we got there about 45 minutes before first light. We thought we would head into another stellar morning but when that happens, it doesn't seem to work out that way lol.

We threw a multitude of presentations/rigs from 3-14FOW with minor success. I did manage to get my PB Snake River Cutty through the ice during the morning grind however so that made things better. After hours of grinding and marking fish that wouldn't bite, we decided by mid morning to move to 25-30 FOW...Glad we did, found a very active bite and marked more fish in 10 minutes then we did the entire morning. Not always about what you're throwing/dropping but where you're throwing/dropping. Water depth change certainly was the way to go on this day.

Hope you guys enjoy the video! Pics as always!!

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 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 1/7/2021 12:24:42 PM     Points: 415
Nice catches! Those Cutts put up a good fight!
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 1/7/2021 3:27:34 PM     Points: 2825
Chunks, and a goof video! Well done as always...thanks.
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: 1/7/2021 3:47:09 PM     Points: 233
Great video! Those snake river cutthroats are beautiful.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 1/7/2021 7:17:23 PM     Points: 315

Thanks man! It was a worth the storm in the end, glad we moved deep!!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 1/7/2021 7:17:52 PM     Points: 315

Vega has such good forage, lots of the trout there are nice and fat! Appreciate the kind words about the video!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 1/7/2021 7:18:28 PM     Points: 315

Wish it would've been better light to show off the colors, those snake rivers can look kind of plain in low light.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 1/8/2021 9:04:46 AM     Points: 475
Enjoyed your video as always. Wondering if you kept any fish and if so, were they still full of fatheads minnows like before. Also, were you able to detect any schools of minnows in the areas where you caught trout? Thanks for your efforts at bringing fishing into the days when I can't be out there myself - I do so look forward to your videos.
 Reply by: Fisherman79      Posted: 1/8/2021 1:41:44 PM     Points: 789
I like all your videos guys. In this one I like how you cut your line and let the fish live. I see people all the time mainly at smaller city lakes ripping the hooks out and killing the fish. Most get eaten by nature but I dont think they realize that they might be able to save the fish by cutting the line and let the hook rust out.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 1/9/2021 4:11:08 AM     Points: 395
Jolly good sheeew!!
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: 1/9/2021 11:35:07 AM     Points: 42
I fished there about 2 or 3 days later, on Thursday. The fishing was really grindy that day. There were about 8 truck loads of guys there when I arrived and they started giving up and leaving in about an hour and a half. I caught 2 fish, which, from talking to the other guys, was about as good as any of them. Most guys were leaving by noon as the crows came in to munch on the remains. Best (and only) bite was from about noon to 1:00 PM. I chucked it at about 1:30 when a cold bitter wind was getting worse. At least I had a good dinner's worth of trout.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 1/10/2021 1:14:52 PM     Points: 315

Hey man! Sorry for the late reply, been super busy these last few days. I did not keep any fish, next time I think I will though. I did get some ultra small marks on the bottom when I went shallow for a bit, about as small as my ice jig so I would imagine some are still hiding in the rocks. This was off the dam wall of course. Appreciate the kind words, it's been grindy everywhere it seems recently!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 1/10/2021 1:17:37 PM     Points: 315

Thanks man! Always happy to hear when people enjoy the content😃 I'm glad you appreciate that message, it happens a lot at ponds and more crowded fisheries I go to as well...If you rip it out, you might as well keep it at that point...I've caught dozens of fish over the years with lines cut at the mouth, so I know it isn't just a saying.
**Sorry for the late reply, been a very busy past few days for me!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 1/10/2021 1:20:21 PM     Points: 315

Thanks Greg! It was a finicky morning but glad we found success!


It certainly wasn't as crowded as it was when we had that high action day a few weeks prior. The bite was pretty tough, but it seems like it's that way everywhere right now...I've hit some lakes recently (posting this week) that usually produce insane numbers and the bites been tough there too. Glad to hear you got some diner though out of your grind...Always beats a skunk!!

**Sorry for the late reply fellas! Been a busy past few days for me!
 Reply by: Broncos1      Posted: 1/11/2021 7:23:58 PM     Points: 29
Team CO.F.F.,
I just fished Vega for the first time in my life on Sunday, have only lived in the area since 1962. I absolutely loved it. I actually did not catch a fish, but the guys I was with did and the one fish I could claim that I caught pulled my rod into the hole and it was gone, about an hour later, my buddy said he had a dandy, I jokingly said maybe you got my pole too...a second later he said oh crap I see a reel. Well we got the fish and pole in, the fish had my jig in his mouth and my buddy caught my line and got it angled enough so we could get everything in. Fun day and making sure I by some lottery tickets tomorrow.
One last thing, I happened across your videos last night also, really enjoy them, great job by your lady and other friends you go out and about with!

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