For a change of pace, we decided to head for Lake Cavanaugh. We figured the calm unpopulated waters would be an excellent escape from today realities. Well, that and the fact that I wouldn’t have to do the whole wash-down thing when we got home. After an uneventful drive up the hill we were the first to launch and we were floating by 7:00. Leaving the launch area in pea soup fog we slowly worked our way up the lake. About the time the fog lifted we dropped the kicker and started our hunt.
Being our first Cavanaugh trip of the year, we started with four completely different rigs. Although I can run 4 downriggers, we opted for two downrigger rods and two lead-line setups. All four were sporting a variety of Arrow Flash dodgers. We cycled through many gear combinations and all of them saw some action. The hot setup of the day was a green lace Arrow Flash dodger followed by one of my chartreuse custom kokanee flies. The fly was tied on about 10” of 12# fluorocarbon with a UV Smile Blade and tipped with tuna corn.
Our trolling speed was around 1.0 mph and we typically chased meter marks. All our fish today were hooked off of meter marks. An interesting observation; all our kokanee action was off the downriggers running between 46’ and 54’. Very strange for this time of the year. Also, very strange was that one of the kokanee and 2 of the cutts had full size eggs.
I would say that we did just OK today, we had to work for our fish. The meter marks were few and far between but when we did locate one, we always pulled fish out of it. It was a great day on the water and we went home with 6 kokanee to 13” and 4 cutthroat to about 14”. We also released a bunch of smaller kokanee, cutts and a 13-14” juvenile chinook. The presence of chinook in the lake is interesting and we catch a few every spring. I don’t know if they are landlocked or if they hold in the lake for a year before venturing out to sea.
It turns out that we were not the only ones on the lake today, the place was packed. When we pulled out just before 2:00 we were fourth in line just to get to the beach. Crowd or no crowd Cavanaugh is one of our favorites. Our good friend Andy and a pal of his were also out on Andy’s boat and Jeff from the website and his boys were also enjoying a bit of Lake Cavanaugh sunshine. While assuring that we kept 6’ apart we made Tacos al Pastor for the gang to close out an already perfect Sunday.