Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Fishing stocked trout ponds
My kids were off school for a day, I had planned to take them for one last carp outing, possibly to target some Northern pike as well. As the weather didn't look great, I feared they might get bored real fast if the fishing was slow, as I had a 4, 8 and 10 year old coming along on the outing.
I offered them an alternative of going to fish a stocked trout pond I had read about online, they seemed much more enthusiastic about that idea, especially as we'd get to keep and eat some fresh trout. They charge per inch, so the bigger the trout, the more you pay.
We headed over to the place about 1/2 hour away. Though their big pond was closed, they had a smaller one still open, which made the fishing ridiculously easy. I brought along one rod and tied on a small Rapala CD-5.
First cast, my 10 year old land a 17 inch rainbow trout ($14).
Next cast, my 4 year old lands a 12 inch rainbow trout ($7.50).
Next cast, my 8 year old looses a 12 inch rainbow trout .
He tries again and lands a 15 inch brown trout ($10.50).
Gave my 4 year old one more chance, he capitalized by landing a 15 inch rainbow trout ($10.50).
4 fish in about 5 minutes, most bigger than many people will catch in the trout streams around Montreal, cost me $42.50
They eviscerated the fish and bagged them for us, we came home and I filleted and cooked up the 3 rainbow trout, I froze the brown trout for another day. Tough to beat fresh caught trout for shore lunch (though I cooked them at home).
The fishing didn't require any skill whatsoever, but at least the kids had a blast, I'll probably return with them next season when the bigger pond is open and the weather is nicer.