Posted by: Arvid | June 1, 2011

The Trout Trip

There were eight of us that got together for a Memorial Day weekend trout trip. Three of the Bosch Boys, Tom, Jim & Steve, drove up from Detroit. Jim’s dad, Bill, came from Denver; Jonathan from downstate and George, Terry and I from Baudette. We met at 7:00 a.m Saturday morning at the Ranch House and after a hearty breakfast and a beverage stop, we crossed the bridge and headed for Sioux Narrows.

We arrived about noon, put the boats in, checked in, unpacked and headed for the rocks. Spotty rain showers were in the forecast for the entire weekend, except Sunday, so rain suits were the proper attire. Reports that we had gotten from others that had been up fishing trout were poor and  what we experienced was no different. That afternoon, Terry caught a nice lake trout trolling, Jim caught a small mouth and there were two pike caught. That was all for Saturday afternoon.

Sunday was a beautiful sunny day, but trout fishing was slow. We did catch eleven pike; most were over twenty eight  inches and in the slot requiring release. Only one lake trout was caught and that was off the dock after we got back to camp.

During the past couple of winter test seasons, Jim has had a hard time catching a fish large enough to keep, but Monday he ended that. In between rain showers he caught a beautiful 37-1/2″ lake trout; largest fish of the trip. We can’t rib him anymore about those little sauger and pike he’s been catching winter fishing. Tom and George each caught a trout and Jonathan caught a nice one off the dock that evening. The group caught eight pike during the day and we were able to keep three which made for a good fish fry.

Tuesday, it was really breezy and we decided to fish off the dock while we had breakfast and pack up to go home. After all, we were doing about as good off the dock as we could off  a rock. Terry and Jonathan each caught a nice trout and there were a couple that got tangled in the rocks and broke off.

There was the usual  laughter, story telling and practical joking; some that shouldn’t get written about here;  like the “wood tick” issue with Tom & George…… It wasn’t great weather; it wasn’t great fishing, but we all  had a good time and are looking forward to next year.

Jim with a beautiful 37-1/2″ Lake Trout

Jonathan with his 33-1/2″ Lake Trout

Terry with a nice Lake Trout

Standing l-r Tom, Terry, George, Bill, Steve. Kneeling Jim & Jon


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