03-26-2012, 12:09 PM
taking a chance at tiger musky
I've been doing some ice-off fishing at Gross reservoir the last few weekends. There has been a section of open water a few acres large and growing near the dam. Stories of musky at Gross abound, but sightings are rare (the res is pretty large, and deep too).
One day caught about a dozen stockers and zero bigger fish. I could have caught as many stockers as I wanted by the dam, not even really sport!
About a week later on the opposite bank by the dam, caught about 35 stockers <12" and on the walk out found a 17" brown by some deep rocks.
Here is the thing:
1. the stocked fish are just too easy. you can catch 100 if you fish long enough. (although a blast on a 3wt for a while)
2. the bigger rainbows, lakers, and browns are seldom, and hiding out now that people have been fishing the res. (fun great fighting fish, hard to find from shore).
3. I caught a couple of stocked fish with recent musky wounds (deep triangular wounds raking toward the tail), and it got me excited about the fact that at least one musky is patrolling the few acres of open water at gross near the dam.
4. while fishing for the little guys, every now and then the whole group would disappear.
So off I go today to take a few stabs with my virgin 10wt.
The odds will be like playing super-lotto, but crowds should be down on a monday, and the lake is effectively smaller than usual. The stocked fish are in large schools near the dam, which means a big musky should be taking advantage of the easy pickins'.
I have a couple of 8" streamers I tied to look like the local stocked rainbows (kind of bland actually). A new 30' clear sink tip, a short 40lb. mono leader with a 24" 15# stainless bite tippet. I will be out a bit late in the day, but there are some good cliff drop offs where a good cast puts you in 50feet of water pretty quick. Also it is partly cloudy, which should help.
Wish me luck! (or at least a few hundred casts of practice into that 10,000 cast fish..)
I am bringing the five wt. for when my shoulder gives up.