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Berry Flavored Water

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Yes, water. Not ice. Not even a slushy. Water.

Since the powers that be won’t let us bask in successes and failures on big game draw results today, might I suggest everyone and their dog go to Strawberry and hit some ice off action? I did last night and it was very nice to be fishing soft water lakes again. I’m guessing it’s been fishable for 3-4 days and won’t have any ice at all by Thursday or so.

Candidly, it was uncharacteristically slow for what I usually experience the first couple weeks of ice off, but managed to catch one BERRY nice fish. (See what I did there? “BERRY” instead of “VERY?”) The first couple hours there I only picked up a few pretty small bows. Right as I was thinking it was maybe time to head on my way I stuck a 19” cutt and then a 22+” football shaped cutt on back to back casts. The big one was one of the nicer fish I’ve caught up there. He was big enough I couldn’t single hand hold him, and I was solo. Hit one more 16-17” cutty and hit the road. Also, I’ve never seen so many crawdads. There are always crawdads at the Berry, but never seen it quite like this.

This is the only place I’m convinced color really matters, and it seems you either have the right color or you don’t. It can change day to day, as well. Browns seemed to be the ticket since I didn’t catch one on anything else.

Lots of diverse birds out there and it was cool watching them out-fish me

Glasses Goggles Sunglasses Vision care Beard

Fish Grille Mesh Snout Automotive lighting

Get out and enjoy it guys and gals! Catherder’s horrible ice will be back before you know it
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The river along Hwy 40 before the lake is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Water everywhere!

I was a bit surprised the lake is still as low as it is, however. I was expecting it to be a couple feet higher. It appears to be just about the same as it was at ice off last year. (To my untrained, but somewhat experienced eye, at least.)
PBH, no cormorants this time. Just pelicans, herons, terns, and grebes. So no need to worry! 😜

Yes, it is true that fish eating birds eat fish and don’t practice catch and release. We should alert the Wildlife Board. Maybe they can designate Strawberry as a pay to play fishery for only those that can shell out hundreds of thousands per year to be members so we can save it from the birds!
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I thought that he was just doing his imitation of a woolly bugger.
Woolly bugger or woolly mammoth?
On a side note I got to ask you Vanilla, what kind of shades are those? I'm kind of a sunglass * and I gotta admit those look good.
Funny you should ask. These are my cheapo $10 “travel” sunglasses that I take everywhere with me, put them in the car, etc. so when (not if) I break them I can easily replace them and move on without too much anxiety. I generally do not fish with them because they are only “polarized” but not really polarized, if you get the drift! But the grey in my beard reveals my old forgetful state and I didn’t pack my normal fishing glasses.

Heck, I think we’ve identified why it was slow. I wasn’t wearing Simms waders or any of ritzy fishing glasses! I’ll fix that next time.

Looks like inflation has caught up to even my cheap sunglasses!
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