The parks and Lynn Creek Marina reopened this past week. The fishing barge opened yesterday, and I went to check it out this morning. I took two rods and it quickly became apparent that was not going to work. Every cast got a bite for a couple of hours from sunup on. No way could I keep up with two rods.
The fish are in beautiful shape - fat as butterballs. While I did not catch any over 8 inches I caught a much bigger percentage of 7 inch fish than in previous years. It is obvious that they found plenty to eat while the lake was up, and the lack of fishing pressure was a bonus.
I released all I could, and gave the ones I deep hooked to a man fishing with his little boy. I went to a #6 barbless hook instead of my usual #8 barbed hook to make them easier to release unharmed.
The lake is at conservation pool and all the ramps are good. The state park remains closed.