The wife and I spent the weekend at PK with our friends and neighbors, staying at the Hide-Away cabins. Tom (TFF: West Texas Angler) and I put in at South D&D and fished Friday morning thru about 1:30pm, catching about 25 fish, including two over 5 pounds. We fished boat docks, reeds and brush and caught most of our fish in less than 10' of water. We tried a little of everything but caught most of them on weightless or lightly weighted soft plastics. The wives joined us that afternoon and we had dinner at the Rockin S Bar & Grill next door (excellent BBQ burger!).
Saturday morning we put in at Bug Beach and tried some new water, picking up 20+ fish, mostly small but including one about 4# and another one that was almost 6#. That fish looked sick, with a sunken belly (see pic below). When I hooked her she kind of rolled over and didn't put up much of a fight. She swam off when I released her, but I'm not sure she's in very good shape. She might have some discarded plastics stuck in her digestive tract, but I didn't see anything protruding anywhere. Based on the size of her head, I would have expected her to be well over 7#.
We were ready to get off the water by noon, which is when we discovered the cranking battery had died. Sandy Creek Marina dispatched someone to the courtesy dock at Bug Beach with a new battery, they installed it and we were ready to head back to the cabin within an hour. Excellent service from the folks at Sandy Creek and we'll do business with them again! Took a drive around the lake Saturday afternoon with the wives to have lunch at the restaurant at Possum Hollow Camp. Excellent food and service! Circled around to the south to complete the circuit and really enjoyed the drive along the dam road.
Sunday morning we put in at South D&D again, but the conditions had changed to blue bird skies, so the bite was off a bit. All three mornings we really didn't have much of an early morning bite, with mid-morning really starting the peak activity each day. Picked up one just over 4# and headed in about 9:30am so we could head back to Fort Worth.
All in all, it was a great getaway weekend. The wives enjoyed the craft fair at the PK Chamber of Commerce and did some shopping and lunch in Mineral Wells. We enjoyed watching the whitetail in full rut activity (November full moon... duh!), with a lot of chasing going on. We scattered a bag of deer corn behind our cabin and had company out there all weekend, which the wives really enjoyed.
PK is alive and well and much improved from the past few years. Next spring should be epic if we can avoid algae blooms and drought. If you're looking for another good lake to add to your rotation, you could certainly do worse. Give it a shot!