Our skipper spotlight this time around goes to Kev-o
A quick reminder, this is a new blog series highlighting Skippers
who are integral to the Fish Explorer community and to the quality of conditions reports. We wanted to give shout-outs to these members who go the extra mile to rep, check, and share their favorite waters.
This guy Kev-o fishes as much as most of us wish we could. Nearly as much as lewdog. And as a result, he keeps his lakes up-to-date year-round. He's also a great stick, fun to fish with, and we're glad to have him on Team YG when THE BOOT is on the line. He's also pretty good at the meme game on the forums.
Here's a little bit about Kev-o:
What's your earliest memory fishing?
Probably one of my earliest memories of fishing is at Chatfield
with my dad. I'd fish with salmon eggs for trout and perch below the spillway. I remember my dad catching big catfish from the catwalk with light tackle. Being so young though my attention span was fairly short, so I'd be off searching for toads and frogs with my dad yelling about me leaving my rod unattended lol. A more solid interest in fishing wouldn't come for another few years.
Why do you fish?
I fish because I enjoy being outside and spending time with my family and friends. Also, fish are fascinating to me. So many different species, shapes, sizes, colors and habits. From the biggest laker to the smallest bluegill I enjoy catching them all. It's always cool to travel to different places and catch new species. If I go on vacation somewhere and there's water, you bet that I'll be fishing there too.
What's your favorite species/technique? Why?
I'd say my favorite fish to catch is a tie between the lake trout and the small mouth. I'd have to throw pike in the mix as well. Ice fishing for lakers probably takes the cake though, lake trout are just awesome. Jigging for them on the bottom or catching suspended fish is always a thrill. I primarily just fish with lures but will use sucker and wax worms during ice season. Favorite techniques are top water and of course the jerkbait. Just really learned how to use them effectively in the last couple of years and they've both been big producers for me. Seeing a fish absolutely crush a top water lure is always very exciting.
I've fished for pike in Saskatchewan Canada. Caught halibut, salmon and rock fish in Alaska. Chased Muskie in northern Wisconsin and finally caught my giant white Sturgeon on the Columbia river in Oregon. What could I possibly have left to do? Everything!
What's your dream fishing vacation? / What kind of fishing have you never done but want to learn?
Dream fishing vacation would definitely be fishing for Goliath grouper and tarpon in Florida. I love fish that never give up when they're hooked and those two are at the top of my list for sure. Would love to hook up with a marlin or a big tuna someday also. Kind of want to try fly fishing a little more too because I've always been a little "fly curious" haha.
Why'd you become a skipper?
I became a skipper on FxR about 4 years ago for Dowdy Lake
. I just wanted to give back a little to the site and to the people that have taught me and given me so much knowledge. Now I skipper multiple lakes. I found this website about 5 years ago I was looking for information about ice conditions for Lake Granby
and the internet kept leading me back to Fish Explorer. I created a free account and the rest is now history.
What I really discovered instead was a community that was full of outstanding fisherman that were even better people. I've fished with many on the site and hope to fish with many more.
If you want to learn more about how to catch certain species of fish or learn a new technique or maybe you're just looking for a boat partner or even someone to split gas with when traveling to a faraway lake, call out somebody on the forum. It's always more fun fishing with others and many on the site would be happy to fish with you. Myself included.
In conclusion I'm a huge advocate for catch & release but I don't bag on people if they want to take a few fish home to eat. Being allergic to fish the choice is an easier one for me than most. With an increasing number of fisherman coming to our state I feel that C&R is becoming more important to try and conserve our valuable resources. It never hurts to pick up a little trash that other people leave behind to help our state stay beautiful and keep our water ways open for recreational use. Be safe out there and tight lines!