Fished out of Bullfrog Jan. 4-7. Several of us try to get together every January for an annual fishing adventure. Every year it is a great time. We were joined again this year by a crew from “Outdoors with Adam Eakle”. A Television program on KSL that airs at 6:30 PM on Saturdays in the Salt Lake viewing area. The plan is to show this adventure on January 21st.
We left the marina with temperatures below zero and enjoyed temps in the 20’s and 30’s on the water. Some anglers think that having ice in the eyelets of a fishing pole is ice fishing, others think fishing in the 20’s is nearly tropical. It is a perspective kind of thing. But really if the fish cooperate the temperature is not too important.
We caught fish in Bullfrog Bay with spoons, anchovies and a few trolling. In Halls Creek with spoons and anchovies. There were also fish caught in Moki on anchovies I think. The quickest catching was early mornings. I always launched later in the mornings after the sun started to warm things up a little. Except Thursday. Little sun and lots of wind kept me off the water working on other tasks.
Every evening there was a lot of filleting that needed to be done. In my boat we did not keep up but still landed 18 stripers on Wednesday. 12 on Friday. 17 on Saturday. Great fillets on all but 5. North of Dome Rock is where most of the stripers seemed to be caught in 25 to 55 feet of water.
Of note to me: the stripers caught on spoons seemed to be a little closer to the bottom than usual and just a little harder to set the hook on unless concentrating. Spoons tied directly to powerpro or fluro seemed to make little difference to the fish this trip. At least later in the day when we were on the water. One angler discovered a stout fillet knife he says works better than an electric one. I only noticed two boats the entire time that were not a part of our group. One an I/O having cold weather trouble and one rental. We saw coyotes on the shore and fox just hanging around. It was fun to see some fox up close. Walleyes were caught in other boats but we did not take the time to try. Should have as we wasted those nightcrawlers.