The reasons why you don't fish are many and varied. You have snow storms, cold weather, rain, work and the dreaded Taxes. Well those are all done so now I have truck problems. I'll have to see how that works out.
I headed for the lake to fish from shore. Shore fishing is better then no fishing but a rainy start didn't deter me. So I headed to Lake Hodgson in my car.
You can fish the boat off the first road to the left and walk through the wooded area to the small opening where I see the people trying to fish when in my boat.
I always talk to my buddy Russ when I go out. I usually stop when leaving to report and get updates on the fish activities. The lake has a small fee to fish and launch your boat. It pays for the stocking and controlling the fisherman's' action at the lake.
It was warm but a dreary day and the water was dirty from the recent rains. This will eventually heat up the lake. The put and take trout are slowing down and I hoped to pick up a few crappie.
This is what I caught off a minnow on a bobber at 4 foot in eight foot of water. I thought I had a trout the way it fought it way in but was a bullhead catfish. You have to be careful with the three sharp spines. The water even in the bay is cold and another week and there may be some activities with the crappies.
I get my bait at Don's Bait and Tackle not far from the lake. The owners Don and Jackie are nice people and have always treated me fairly. I have quite a few pictures in their hall of fame books.
I'm not a ecology nut but despise the way people treat the lake. I always pick up around the dock area when I bring my boat in to dock. Since I was shore fishing I found a plastic bag on the shore and filled it with trash from two of the areas I was fishing. The haul was a bottle of gin, a bottle of rum, two Smirnoff Ice, 6 cans of beer and miscellaneous containers/line/food bags. This is not right for people to treat this beautiful section of woods like this. What do you think of what has been done? I carried the trash to a receptacle that the lake uses to recycle and the proceeds takes care of the lake's dog (Luther).