- Feb 16, 2009
- Mohawk valley, Oregon
Last Wednesday a buddy called me and told me he was headed to Wickiup for his last camping trip of the year and asked me if I wanted to go. Well, what do you think I said. I got there around three Friday afternoon set up camp, had some beers and a shot of whiskey and was ready to hit the water. We trolled rapalas to the dam and back with no luck. Didn't hit the water Saturday until about noon. Fished the Dechutes Channel to the main lake and back again with no luck. Decided to fish worms on the bottom from the boat in front of our camp. Made a few casts while the wind pushed us to shore then motored back out a ways then cast out again. At this point the sheriff pulled up and asked us if we've caught anything. As we are saying no I see my line twitch and get loose. I reel in a little and the fish takes off. Upon getting the fish in the net the sheriff says do you want the good news or the bad news first? Before we could answer he says the good news is you get to keep the fish and the bad news is this area is fly and lure only because the kokanee are spawning. Which doesn't make sense to me. Why would fishing a worm on the bottom hurt the kokanee? Anyway, we were happy that he simply informed us of the rules and told us to have a nice day along with a compliment of a nice brown. The water is the lowest I have ever seen it for this time of year. It's at October levels right now. Here's some pics of my weekend.