Fished Round Valley Reservoir 7am to 2pm with our April Lure of the Month sponsor Fish Sense Lures‘ owner Stephen Carey. We had never met before in person, let alone fished together but Stephen wanted to show me first hand how to fish The Binsky (something he graciously offers many of his customers) and how to target Lake Trout in Round Valley jigging The Binsky. By the time we got his Ranger bass boat into the water, it was obvious to me that he was knowledgeable, passionate, very easy to get along with and that we were going to have a great trip.
Time: 7am to 2pm
Weather: 58 degrees, winds WSW 5-10mph with gusts double that
Water Temp: 37.7 to 38.0 …cold
Target Species: Lake Trout
Bait: The Binsky blade bait in gold color
Method: locating schools of Lake Trout and Jigging through them
Catch & Release: 5 Lakers and 1 Rainbow
It was pretty windy, typical for an early spring on Round Valley after a storm. We navigated to some known waypoints at dropoffs and lumps and looked for schools of Lakers on the sonar. Once we located the fish it was difficult to stay on them because the winds. At one point the warning beacons came on and we headed in but about halfway there they went off again so we continued fishing.
Despite all our wind issues, we managed 5 Lakers and 1 Rainbow, all caught jigging The Binsky in 60 to 70 feet of water except for one Laker caught in 28 feet of water near the north cove.
Stay tuned for a full write up on Fish Sense Lures and The Binsky coming in April when we’ll be giving away 4 of these lures to 4 lucky Round Valley Fishing readers.