One of the fellows just above us got the trophy. He caught a reservoir brown that weighed more than 14 pounds. There are plenty of fish there to be caught and you can print out a free permit to fish online.
Years before, I had fished the reservoir closer to Deposit and caught a couple in the six-pound class. A silver spoon and 10-pound test line is all you need. They hit really well as the ice melts back from shore. Later on as the water warms, the fish go deeper. Then you need a boat.
I have used this same technique when fishing for brook trout in the Adirondack back country. I hiked into Long Pond one spring day using snow shoes to navigate the trail. The ice was nearly gone, but the brookies were fat and hungry. I kept five that were 12 inches or better.
Later on that season, I fished that same pond and got skunked two days in a row. It just goes to show that with fishing, timing is everything.
It reminds me of that old saying, “You should have been here yesterday.”
Speaking of trout fishing, The Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its Introduction to Fly Fishing Course at Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 10. To sign up or for more information, call Marge Harris at 607-263-5767 or Dave Plummer at 607-563-1978.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at email@example.com.