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North Park Fishing Report 8/19/12
Lake John Resort
Not a whole of changes on the Lake John scene. As for the crowds, things have been fairly quiet around the lake the past week or two. We seem to witness this each year at this time, and I attribute the lull to family finances being directed toward back-to-school causes. It usually signals the period when weekenders become the prime source of activity, at least until the hunters abound.

The catching on John remains consistent with all methods of take. Anglers must still contend with weeds, but good quantities of fish are being landed despite. The night fishing was once again a hoot this week, claiming a number of decent ‘Bows with a crawler and lighted bobber — a super way to pass the evening while making S’mores. Fly fishermen are also having great entertainment getting their line stretched and their rods bent by John’s ever-growing trout. 12 to 15-inchers are the norm, with larger ‘Bows and Cutts becoming more common. Fly guys are having no problems trying to match-a-hatch, ‘cause these fish are hitting anything that even resembles a minnow or a bug.

With cooler nights and shorter days, water temps are beginning to drop and trout are being found in abundance throughout the water column. Trollers are having good success moving fairly quickly, and pulling just about anything flashy and colorful. Large spinners, Z-Rays, Tasmanians, and Kastmasters are just a few that are adding to the stringer. Last time out, I had good luck with any offerings containing chartreuse. Throwing these same lures in one-quarter and three-eighths ounce from shore is also producing along drop-offs, points, and the spillway. And of course the landlubbers using the dough-baits are fine dining on trout — just keep the lead off and use a slip-rig with a bubble filled with water.

Even though this report is mostly about Lake John, I was able to get away and fish South Delaney last week. I joined friends and local anglers Gary Arnold and Schoolteacher Mike, along with another good friend and fellow fisherman, here from California, John Jacobsen. Of course, we all got a lesson from Master Mike, who landed a 20, an 18, and several 15 & 16 inchers. I managed to have my fly-hook straightened out on a large fish, while John landed a decent 16er with bug & bubble. Gary had fun teasing the heck out of the fish, but lacked any hook-ups. Although the water is way low, we all just fished from shore along the west side casting flies.

Bill Willcox

Lake John Resort

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