When North Park weather cooperates to enhance the fun and fishing of the new Lake John, enjoyment is had by all. And when the catching is as hot as it has been since the reclamation, an angler can hardly lose — except maybe for a big fish. Yes, big fish are still surrendering to sportsmen, which is certainly proven by the number of pictures I take each weekend. However, the fast action is provided by the smaller trout with the whopper attitude. If you can get out on the water to troll or float a tube, numbers can push 100 fish a day. A friend of mine, using two nymphs on his fly rod, hooked up with doubles four different times. Shore fishermen walking the beaches while tossing lures such as Thomas's and Kastmasters have increased their odds of catching the bigger fish, with three- to five-pounders very common. The water level is up two feet now from its lowest — nearly halfway back to full — and is on track to be topped off before ice-on. Launching is fairly easy with few problems at the north boat ramp.
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