Rufus is still a busy place. Went to RW 4 times in last 10 days, and only got to park in the launch lot once. We were putting in rather late in the day (10:00-noon), but lots of fishermen on the water. Did go to the third pen up river once, and found out I needed to refine my technique. My rendition of Outdoor Chris' "pellet fly" came up lacking. OH by the way, If there are those out there who doubts Chris' ability to count (related to past post), you should watch him fish. On the trip to the pens, my fishing buddie and I went to the side closest to shore and started fishing. On the river side of the pens there was a dude and his fishing partner hooked up with doubles (on fly rod) every time I looked up. It looked a lot like The boat Outdoor Chris fishes out of and they were knocking them dead. Keep the reels oiled, Man.
We caught a few here (wife boated a 5# 6oz), then we went down river hitting spots along the way.
We caught several trout for the smoker with the largest of the 4 outings being a 7# 2oz bruiser caught just below Brant's landing. Tons of small ones in the lower lake area, and we seemed to hit larger fish (overall) when we got up about the Cabin Hole. We caught trout in the Cabin Hole as shallow as 1 foot or so. They were chasing some sort of minnow in the weeds and the shallows. Fun, Fun, Fun. (Bone fishing wanna be)
Today we only brought home a dozen Yellow Perch (below pump #3 Joe) of average (8") size with a few in the 10" size. Several of the lil guys had the remains of small minnows in their stomach. Not only is the fishing good, there is the chance of seeing wildlife also. Saw coyotes, deer and bald eagles while on the water. Water temps continue to drop, so it will only get better.
We caught the above fish using 1/16 oz. jig heads, and small minnow/grub plastic baits, and Crocidiles. We favor Perch color in the minnow and Croc, and dark color in the grubs.
Good fishing all.