Night fishing report from Dave Quaglia and friends who went fishing at Round Valley Reservoir after the hot September sun had gone down. They caught two nice rainbows and a bunch of bluegill anchored in roughly 50 feet of water off the East beacon near the campsites. Corn and shrimp were the baits of choice. Notice the jacket, it’s getting cooler out there at night now that we are almost in October.
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On August 30th, myself, Zach, and my buddy Chris headed out to Round Valley to do some night fishing for rainbow trout. At our first drop, we caught a dinner-plate sized sunfish in 65 feet of water so we moved deeper in search of rainbows…chasing rainbows? Heh #dadjokes.
At our second drop, we doubled anchored in 85feet, surface water temp. measured 74.5F. After a few hours of soaking cut shrimp without success, I finally get a no-doubter of a hit on my line, set the hook, and start fighting a nice size fish on my light spinning outfit which has 6lb test mono all the way to the size 8 baitholder hook.
The fish wasn’t fighting like a rainbow trout, it was sounding like a damn tuna, what the heck is this thing? I call for Zack to get his fancy rubberized net ready just in case I’ve got a new state record sunfish on my line… Slowly I start gaining line on the fish and as it comes up we see that it’s a lake trout! Zach snapped a quick pic and back into the drink went the fish. I got another solid hit about 15 minutes later but it snapped my line. My fault. I should have checked it for damage after the first fish, what a stupid mistake on my part. You’d think after fishing for twenty something years I’d have some of this stuff memorized but nope, live and learn.
We bobbed around for a few more hours without a hit or a fish and I think we finally packed it in around 3:30am. It was a beautiful night even though the fish were few and far between. A more ambitious group of anglers would have pulled up anchors and kept trying locations, but that’s hard work with double anchors and honestly the part I love most about night fishing is how peaceful and relaxing it is. If you’ve never tried it, I strongly suggest going out with a friend or two, you’ll have a blast I guarantee it.
Finally brought the kayaks out for a fishing trip at Spruce Run Reservoir with Frank Deluca on Sunday July 14, 2013. Despite getting a late start, we managed to get out on the water at 4:30 p.m. in some sunny 90 degree weather, with a slight breeze coming from the west. Surface temperature was 80 degrees and the gage height was 272.35 feet. We started out working the shoreline for some Bass with Rapalas and other various crankbaits, with no luck. After probably about an hour or so of that, I put on a bigger Rapala to troll behind me and moved out to deeper water and trolled along a rock ledge for a bit to try for some Pike, also with no luck. Though while I was trying for Pike, Frank put on a large Shiner and dropped it down to the bottom in 5 feet of water and not even a minute after dropping it down, Frank was into a fish. After putting up a nice hard fight, Frank landed a 15-inch Largemouth Bass.
Shortly after that, both Frank and I decided to move out into about 25 feet of water and try for some Hybrids, but it became clear after one drift that the wind was making us drift too fast for that to be effective. So we went back into the same cove we were fishing before, though this time we set up a drift going along a rock ledge in 10 feet of water. Shortly after I began my first drift through the area, I got a nice hit on one of my rods and was into a fish. Once I got it up to the surface, it turned out to be a Channel Catfish, which weighed in at 4.5-lbs and 20-inches, so I wouldn’t really say it was big, but it was definitely a decent size and put up a fun fight from the kayak. On my second drift I hooked up with a decently sized fish, which turned out to be another Channel Catfish, probably about 5-lbs, though unfortunately it spit the hook right next to my kayak before I could net it. After that, we set up a third drift through the same area.
Right as we started our drift, I hooked up with another decently sized fish which shook the hook before I could get it in close enough to see it, though I’m pretty certain it was another Channel Catfish judging from how it was fighting. A short time after that, as Frank and I continued our drift, we started getting a lot of smaller hits from smaller, more finicky fish. Frank managed to pull one up and it turned out to be a 10-inch Crappie, which led us to believe that we were drifting over a school of Crappie, though that was the only one we managed to land. We tried one more drift after that, with only one or two hits, so we decided to call it a day and got off the water at 7:45 p.m.
A few days later, on Wednesday July 17, I headed back out to the same spot, this time with Chris Moran. As opposed to last time, we started out later in the day and got out on the water at 7:30 p.m. so we could target some Channel Catfish, and by that time the water temperature had dipped down to 76 degrees. We went straight to the same area over the rock ledge that Frank and I had fished the other day and immediately dropped our bait to the bottom and began drifting. I was the first to hook up with a fish after a slow start to our trip, and my fish turned out to be a small, 14-inch Channel Catfish. After trying a few more drifts over the same area, as well as a few different drifts in different areas with no luck, I moved over to the same area Chris and I had been catching all of our fish back in April. Shortly after I began my first drift there, I was into another fish and managed to land a slightly larger, 16-inch Channel Cat. A few minutes later in the same area, Chris hooked into and landed another Channel Catfish, about the same size as my last one. After that, it slowed down for about 15-20 minutes with nothing hitting our lines, until out of the blue, Chris got a big hit on one of his lines. He was using a light 4-lb leader we normally use for Trout so he had his drag set fairly low so the line wouldn’t break, which made for a fun fight. After a good fight which lasted a few minutes, Chris finally landed another Channel Catfish, which ended up being our last and biggest fish of the night. Chris’ fish ended up weighing in at 4.75-lbs and measuring 22-inches.
We kept trying for about another 45 minutes or so with no more luck. All of our fish were caught on live Shiners fished on the bottom while we were drifting between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Didn’t land any real big fish this trip, but definitely had a nice night fishing from our kayaks and had some fun reeling a decent haul of Channel Catfish. This trip was also Chris’ first time kayak fishing…or is it fishing from a kayak, so it was something new for him and I’m sure we’ll be getting out on them yaks again real soon!
I’ll keep it short. The near full moon shut down the night fishing. We fished in 5 different locations (45 to 60 feet depths) from 10:30pm to 4am and caught…one sunfish. Met a fella at the concrete ramp on the way in, he caught…two sunfish. Another boat near us had one Rainbow Trout and 4 small bass before calling it quits. It was a nice night to be out but a terrible night for catching fish.
There will be no moon (aka New Moon) Friday August 17th. I recommend you fish that night, weekend or the handful of nights before or after the 17th.
I think it was about 10pm when we launched from the concrete boat launch area last night to go out fishing for Rainbows. While I waited in my boat at the dock for my buddy I introduced myself to two fellas, one of which claimed to have won the last RVTA tournament. Forgot the fella’s name. My work schedule is pretty crazy so it’s nice to meet people I usually only see on paper for tournament results.
Also, thanks to the fella who gave us his leftover live bait. We only caught rock-bass on those medium sized shiners but it was still a nice gesture. Thank you kind sir!
On to the fishing report. The game plan was to fish an are along the southwest shore known as The Pines. First we tried something silly, cause you never know. We headed into ranger cove and fished about 35 minutes catching bass and monster sunfish on live shiners and cooked shrimp then left for The Pines. Here are our exact coordinates where we fished The Pines based on my iPhone Compass+ app 40.605526 -74.823723.
If any of you are regular readers of this blog, you may remember that my Lowrance Sonar is dead. You can see it in the background of these photos sitting there with the cover on it. I may as well have had a picture of a sonar sitting there. By eyeballing distance from shore and known underwater topography I guestimated where I wanted to fish and dropped anchor. My anchor line is marked every ten feet and I was quite happy to hit bottom right at 36′. The night was gorgeous, perhaps 70 degrees at it lowest point but the wind was gusty at times so we pointed the bow into the wind and threw out the second anchor.
Now securely positioned, we turned on my homemade night lights and started chumming with whole kernel corn. We caught our first rainbow about midnight and then when the moon dipped below the “mountain” along the south shore the bite really turned on. A school of rainbows came through around 1am and we picked up some nice fish. a couple two and half pounders and 16incher.
We wanted to keep fishing without limiting out so we switched over to barbless hooks and managed to lose about a dozen or so more rainbows on the way up or at the surface. Hey, easy catch and release!
We wanted one more Rainbow in the boat for a limit so at about 3:30am we successfully netted a 3pound 19 7/8incher. BBQ will be good today!
All in all it was a great night. Beautiful weather, lots of action and nothing broke that wasn’t already broken! If you plan on going out for night rainbows remember a few things.
Be prepared to get filthy. It’s like night blue-fishing on a Belmar Head boat. You will not find this technique glorified in an Orvis catalog.
Your terminal tackle consists of number 6 or 8 hook about a foot under a 1/4 ounce egg sinker. Nothing Fancy, it’s dark out, don’t complicate things.
Your bait is a bag of frozen COOKED shrimp from the grocery store. Get whatever is on sale. Why shrimp? It stays on the hook. Cut pieces to the size of the tip of your pinky finger and bury the hook.
Your chum is whole kernel corn. I buy three cans of whatever is on sale. Throw it out there liberally and spread it out. Mind which way the current (yes round valley has currents) is moving the corn too and toss “up stream”. EDIT – I have been told that corn is not necessary for chumming and there have been issues with fishermen using cow corn which will kill the fish. If you want to be safe and still chum, use little bits of Velveta Cheese or shrimp. Thanks Andy S. for the education!
You will need a light or lights to attract baitfish and shrimp to your boat. You can buy lights for a ton of money or make your own easily. Just buy a 55 watt marine or car lamp (like a driving light), mount it to a 3 foot wooden dowel and run enough wire to make it to your battery.
Do not net any trout you plan on releasing. Trout have a high mortality rate which is a fancy way of saying they stress out and die easy.
If you are keeping trout, make sure you have lots of ice in your cooler. Bleed the fish out as soon as it’s in the cooler with slice under the gill fins and the meat will stay fresh and delicious.
To cook these I cut off the head, gut the fish then wrap in aluminum foil with butter and fresh sliced lemon. Put on the grill for about 20 minutes or until the meat flakes off with a fork. You can do this in an oven set to 400 as well.
ummmm it’s really nice out so I’m going to go play with my kids! If you have any questions ask here or on our Facebook page. Thank again to everyone for reading!
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