Drano Lake 2015

We head down to Drano Lake every year for Jeff’s birthday and spend at least 1 full week preparing for the trip. We go with his family and our friend Herb and count down the days to this trip. This year, unfortunately, we were less than impressed. More surprised than anything!

The damn counts were great and there were definitely fish in the lake! But they weren’t biting the regular prawn spinner/herring behind a flasher. This year, it’s some strange salt water show all the way up in the Columbia River Gorge. We normally bring some of that gear, but never get anything on it so this year, it was left at home. Just our luck! ;)

Friday morning was a super great first light bite but there was a little more traffic at the launch than expected and didn’t quite make it into the water before the bite shut down. We had a slow morning but picked up a few in the afternoon.

Jeff’s mom got this hog on a herring! Weighed in at 22lbs!!

We headed back out Saturday morning expecting another first light bite, but were sorely mistaken. The winds picked up greatly and a few boats got a few fish, but it was nothing like Friday morning. We headed into the Toilet Bowl around 9 AM and had 3 bites all day, but lost all 3. We went back to the launch feeling defeated and decided to head into a few towns to find some tackle that might work.

Feeling hopeful on Sunday morning, we tried something new, and were again, sadly disappointed. We picked up around 9 and went to what we know……The Toilet Bowl. We had one take all morning and called it quits around 11 AM. Feeling defeated and spent, we basically spent the 3 hours car ride home in silence and bid Drano Lake farewell this year.

Still a better weekend than most weekends, but we’ll head back to the Cowlitz next weekend and maybe finally move into our new house :)