My fishing buddy Ken with one of the many “Kamloops” strain rainbows we caught on a trip to Frenchman Lake a few years back (early spring of 2002, I believe). The fish weren’t very big but they were healthy, spunky fighters and we caught a good number of them that day.
Five and a half pound fish from north shore, fall 1997…….
Six pound fish from north shore, fall 1997…..
Four pound fish from Gallatin Marina 1997…..
Catch and release shot from north shore, fall 1997…..
1997 was the golden year for Eagle Lake trout fishing! These pics are just a small sampling of what a great year it was. I caught in excess of 50 fish that fall with at least 15 of them in the 5 pound class or bigger!!!
Catch and release shot from Wildcat Point, fall 2000….
Here are a few photos of my favorite (and top secret) fishing hole:
Here’s my wife Laura warming the fish up for me by hand feeding them:
Ok, confession time! The preceding photos were taken at the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery near Bend Oregon on a trip we took to the area in ’03. These fish are all escapees who are now living quite the sheltered life in the settling pond. One of the fish in there was probably close to 20 pounds!
If you’re ever in the area take a look around the place. I’ve toured quite a few hatchery facilities and this one is among the best.
My fishin’ buddy Aaron with his first ever river caught salmon. She was a mint bright 20 pound hen caught in late October, 1997 at the mouth of Salt Creek on the Sacramento River below Red Bluff California.
Note: The lure still hanging from the fish’s mouth was an old T-55 flatfish with rusty hooks that Aaron found floating down the river an hour or so earlier. Some guys are just jerks!
Photo courtesy of JCAT5150’s Redneck Guide Service.