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Lake John Fishing Report 10/2/11

Bill Willcox, Lake John Resort
Last week, we had a beaver who decided to make the inlet ditch to Lake John his new playground. The 3-mile-long canal which brings water from the North Fork of the North Platte to Lake John was completely plugged up by the rodent, who also had some help from Mother Nature and her bazillion falling willow leaves. However, all has been cleared and the Lake once again is on the rise.

I'll switch over from mammals to fish, which continue to dominate the Lake John scene, even though this past weekend was centered on birds, with the opening of the waterfowl season. The fish pictures we took this weekend showed that anglers of all ages can hook up with their quarry, with young Ragan Warehime, age 5, winning the battle with a 23 in, 4.5 pounder, and senior John Barth doing the same with one of similar size. Shore anglers are doing best using dough baits in areas where weeds are low and receding. Individuals using personal watercraft are also seeing action, whether flipping hardware such as Kastmasters, Thomas's, and spinners, or throwing flies. If the small fish become too plentiful, fish nearer the bottom in deeper water. If you're a troller try some lead-core rigs. Bring the family and kids, enjoy the great fall weather, and catch trout until your arms get sore !

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