Monday, July 9, 2012

Trip Report: Bill on Lost Slough in Cosumnes River Preserve

I had some free time on Sunday and decided a fishing trip would fill it nicely. I hoped to shake my skunk on the Cosumnes. Since it was a Sunday I was looking for some quiet water to fish. I remembered Dan mentioning that if you paddle under the Franklin Blvd bridge and do a short portage it opens up into a slough. As luck would have it when I arrived the tide was all the way in so there was no portage necessary just some skinny water paddling. The narrow heavily brushed slough soon opened up and I was in warm water fish paradise. Tules, weed mats, flooded timber, and drop offs were everywhere. Better yet, I had the whole place to myself. I paddled under I-5 and continued on another few hundred yards. I stopped at a likely bass spot and made a few casts. Nothing. I did however notice two bluegill in the water. I checked my fly box and found a panfish popper and tied it on. On the second cast I hooked  up. Finally some success. I then decided I would have a day of bluegill fishing. I ended the day with 10 bluegill and even caught a little bass as a bonus. Even though it wasn't the monster that I had hoped for I did manage to catch a bass on my fly rod at Cosumnes River Preserve. I can only improve from here.

What a slough. Tules and drop offs everywhere.
 First fish of the day. It may not be big, but it was fun to catch on a topwater lure.

Finally a bass!

See you on the water.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bill's New Boat

Just wanted to post that I finally made a decision and purchased a kayak from Dan. I ended up going with the Cuda. In my opinion it is a great jack of all trades Kayak for California. I also like the longer length and rod tip protector, which make it a great boat for stowing fly rods. I can even stash a third fly rod in the center console so I have rods rigged with floating, slow sinking and fast sinking lines, allowing me to fish any situation I may encounter on the water. That being said, I have yet to catch a fish out of boat, and it wasn't for lack of trying. I have now made it my summers mission to catch a bass on a fly in the Cosumnes River Preserve. 

Despite unsuccessful fishing, I'm still loving the boat. Ever time I have it out on the water, I get compliments and questions about this awesome fishing kayak. Hopefully my next post will be that I landed a monster fish out of the Cuda.


My Cuda ready for fishing
 A pretty pic of the Cosumnes river bridge.
 Just in case you were wondering about my fish catching abilities. Here are a few fish I caught on Monday when I wasn't kayak fishing.
Above is a huge sacramento sucker I hooked while trout fishing.
I also managed to catch a 19'' rainbow.

I hope enjoyed this post.