We made it to Bridgeport at 0645, made a left turn off the highway just after crossing the bridge below Chief Joseph Dam, and just about got sideways! The Highway was fine but with out being treated, the road was a solid sheet of ice due to the fog freezing. Figured it would be interesting to launch!
Got the boat ready and backed it in, I never really worried to much when you start sliding backward toward the water, you always stop when your hit the water, getting out can be a different story, but this morning it was well sanded and no problems backing in or getting out.
Motored, or should I say we cut our way through the dense fog, up just past the state park and started fishing on the same side as the park. Made it up to just about the big pump house just below pump 1, and we had our first fish on. boy was I jazzed for a great start! Well...... Notice I rated the day at a 3!! We trolled clear up that side and crossed over to the Douglas county side just below the pump house below Brants Landing. Trolled all the way up that side to the cliffs just past pump 2 with not even a bump. We then Decided to buzz back down to where we started this morning and work the pump 1 area. The second pass in the same spot we hit another fish, Released it for another day. All in all we made four complete passes back to where we started and caught 6 fish for the total, and kept 3. Two five pounders and a four pounder. We had a great day even though it was slow. Sure beat the heck out of work!!
Water has cooled some, I read 38.4 F all day, fog lifted, but it remained overcast all day. About 2:00pm the overcast became really dark. Really strange. It was like a system or thicker cloud cover came in over the lower layer of clouds or something, but that was when the fishing picked up. We had an off and on breeze through out the day nothing bad at all.
Today was the first time I used one of Macks Double D flashers and I really liked the action it creates!! It caught 5 out of 6 fish! Uncle Macks just sunk another hook in me! I will be buying more and a variety at that!
Be safe and watch that Ice!!