Took my son to Yale yesterday. Didn’t launch until around 9:30. Parking lot was only half full. Six or seven boats pulled in behind me, but there already boats taking out. Almost didn’t launch because of the wind, but decided to give it a go anyways. Headed over to the East side across from the launch as it seemed a little “calmer” over there. Caught two fish in about 15 minutes, so we were hoping for a good day. Fought the wind all day, but we managed to keep 12 (I think my son caught 10), lost a few at the boat, and missed a bunch.
Various dodgers, weeding rings, fire corn, with pro-cure tuna scent is what we used. Seemed to hit fish in about 80’ of water, 2oz of lead, and about 100’-125’ back.
Also caught about five pikminnow. My son was pretty excited when he tossed one back and a bald eagle came out of nowhere to grab it. He was happy to “feed ‘Merica”. Lol
Congrats Chris, that smile on Ians face says it all. My first trip since the re-opener will be Monday on the reservoir downriver of Yale.
Does anybody know when they changed the limit from 15 to 10 on yale ? My father-n-law(rip) always liked yale due to the 15 fish limit!
Thanks, Dont quite understand why change it just because other lakes have that. There was a reason behind the 16 fish limit. The lake has a lot of fish but they are smaller.That changed last year, a committee making out the reg book noticed most lakes were 10 fish so they said Yale must be 10 too. Having no clue that a 16 fish limit for ever on Yale was due to the magnitude of fish in that lake.
I've been alternating between Merwin and Yale. The Merwin fish are definitely a lot thicker! I would say the fillets are close to double the size. Much easier to get limits at Yale though, and no crowds to fight...Yale report today May 19th. Ended up going solo. Had a wild idea at first to try merwin seeing how it was late(around 11am). Made a tour through the parking lot only to find yet another zoo! Opted again for the serenity of yale. Maybe 6 trailers in the lot and the ramp was wide open! Went across the lake then up to the colverts. Action was pretty much within the first 5 min and continued till I got my 10 really nice kokes! All fish were on arrow flash and brads dodgers with pink hoochies. Are the fish really that much bigger at merwin??
That is considerably Bigger. Might have to re visit the idea. We cut our teeth at merwin for sure. Defiantly a trade off.I've been alternating between Merwin and Yale. The Merwin fish are definitely a lot thicker! I would say the fillets are close to double the size. Much easier to get limits at Yale though, and no crowds to fight...
We’re you fishing a downrigger or just setbacks?I took my son to Merwin on Thursday 5/28. We launched at 6:15 and lower lot was only about half full. We trolled up and down both sides trying almost everything we had. Had two rods flatlining and one on the downrigger. Had a total of four bites, two of which hooked up, but came unhooked halfway to the boat. Never saw either fish.
We called it quits at 1:45 and drove up to Cougar to grab some lunch. Decided to hit Yale and launched around 2:30. There was a lot of people at Yale, but quite a few spots open and plenty of people leaving. Headed across the lake and up a ways, then started trolling down.
What a night and day difference from Merwin! My son hooked his first fish just as he finished letting his line out. We had our limits in about two hours. Didnâ€™️t seem to matter what color or lure type. The one constant was everything was tipped with fire corn and tuna scent. Many of the fish my son caught hit as soon as he lowered the downrigger.
While none of the Yale fish were of Merwin size, none of them were what I would consider â€œdinksâ€. Most averaged in the 11â€-12â€ range with quite a few around 13â€.
Spent about an hour letting the boy get some time driving the boat since he completed his online boaterâ€™️s education class. Then headed home in time to cook some fresh kokes for dinner. Mmmm!
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