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Early season - Bob McKinley

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
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There are several things we look for in our early season trout waters. It is still winter and cold, so some of the things to consider are: Altitude as this dictates the water temperature and therefore feeding activity. Food for the fish. Availability of trout food is generally dictated by the quantity and quality of weed beds.

Quantity of fish.

Three waters which I believe fit all three requirements are:

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Arthurs Lake 7/1/2012

Janet, my son Jacob and myself headed up to Arthurs Lake this morning and met up with Presidents Jim and Virginia Mckenna for breakfast. As usual we had the egg n bacon "pre - fish" cook up, along with a cup of coffee before heading out to the Cowpaddock around 9.30ish.
Saw one solitary dun on the water for the whole day and only two fish rise.

We were joined by around 8 or 9 boats only on the water, and it was a struggle from start to finish.
The only thing landed in our boat was Jim's hat that blew off, (see picture) and a small one that was caught on Janet's third cast of the day,.... and promptly released.
Janet had another , ( jump and spit the hooks at her) of around a pound and a half in size and Jim lost four without any being landed.....(not happy Jan!... was our Jim.).
That was about it really, only saw one other caught by another boat.
Back at the ramp we found that another boat managed two for the day and President Dave Egans boat landed one.
Only saw one dun for the day,...Arthurs is indeed a mystery at the moment it seems.
Oh well, there's always next time, can't win em all,... we all enjoyed the day regardless.


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