Last week the DoW reached their goal of lowering Lake John five vertical feet before the August 9th reclamation. Water drainage from the Lake is currently turned off.
Although most every fisherman I talked to was taking home at least a few trout, the largest creel counts went to those who put forth the most effort. Having some kind of boat was definitely helpful, especially using Power Bait while anchored. One group did fantastic while trolling pop-gear in front of a crawler harness. Shore fishermen held their own, however, there wasn't really one area of the Lake that was better than any other. One key for the bank anglers was to move around if one area wasn't producing. But the biggest fish this week was caught by Chad Elder from a float-tube on fly and bubble. It weighed in at 8 pounds even, and was 25 inches in length. But Chad's fish came at a fairly hefty price - knocking his father's $300 fly rod from the tube during the 9 pm battle.
Only about two weeks left to reclamation time, anglers, so we need to "save" some fishes and make some dinners !
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