Despite the cold weather, shore fishing continues to be warm! Made it out to fish the Round Valley shoreline again this morning in the snow with Chris Moran, from 6:30 a.m. until about 10:30 a.m. We both started off fishing with two rods with Shiners under slip bobbers, and one rod fished on the bottom (PowerBait on mine, and a Shiner on Chris’). Since it was still dark when we got our lines in, we had glow sticks on our slip bobbers so we could see them. Though about five minutes after casting them out, I couldn’t find my second bobber and figured it was just hard to see since the glow stick I had on it wasn’t too bright. So I decided to reel in my line to recast so I could at least have a general idea of where my bobber was.
After a few cranks of my reel, my rod bent over and I figured I was snagged in some weeds, so I gave it a good tug to see if I could pull it free, and to my surprise, my rod responded with a few strong pulls back, shortly followed by a Trout jumping out of the water and I knew I was into a fish. After giving me a short, but fun fight, I landed a 15.25-inch Rainbow Trout. Unfortunately, that was the only action we had until about 10:00 a.m. when I hooked into another decent sized Rainbow Trout that hit a Shiner 2-feet under a slip bobber, but it shook the hook about 10-feet from shore after a brief fight. Shortly after that, the cold was finally getting the better of us, so we decided to pack the fishing stuff into our cars, and finish our day with a little bit of hiking in the snow. As I previously stated in this article, the only action we got this morning was on live Shiners under slip bobbers. A few weeks ago, we were getting Trout on both Shiners as well as PowerBait, but with the colder weather it seems that the Trout have begun to prefer Shiners over PowerBait. Overall it was a painfully slow day of fishing, but I beat the skunk with one Rainbow landed, and lost another on the way in. Also, not to mention the fact that Round Valley is a beautiful place in the snow, and I love fishing in the snow, so I definitely enjoyed our morning fishing from the shore!