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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 :)

Last go ’round at Drano Lake

What a slow weekend at Drano Lake. I’m not sure if the fish are late, or just not going to make it but the fishing isn’t nearly what it should be this time of year and with all those fish coming up the river. We always troll the main lake first thing in the morning before heading into the toilet bowl and both days seemed awfully slow in the lake. The afternoon bite was decent in the toilet bowl, but still very slow. We lost one adult and got a jack and saw about 20 other fish caught.

Sunday was a little better in the main lake in the morning, but nothing but a jack for us. Still not much of a plug bite with most of the fish caught on herring or prawn. We saw about 4 other jacks that morning. We headed into the toilet bowl and lost another adult and landed one more, but that was it for the weekend. We of course ate well again; I swear I eat better fishing out there than I do at home, and the weather was perfect, but I wished fishing was a little better. I’m glad that we have not taken a skunking out there this year, but we never really had that “Drano lake fishery” kind of day. Just a bunch of onsie twosie’s here and there.

 

We won’t be back again this year and I’m taking next weekend off from fishing to get caught up on homework, but we’ll be down at the Cowlitz until June!