Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Waconda Lake Camping - Not For Tents!


We have camped and fished at Waconda Lake (Glen Elder) as long as I can remember.  The fishing has always been good and the fish from there always taste a little better than from anywhere else I've had fish. 

This weekend I was meeting up with my parents to camp.  They have a nice 5th wheel camper with a pop out living area.  I brought all our camping gear and figured the boys and I would just stay in a tent.  The wind blew about 40 mph all weekend so I never got the tent out of the truck.  We slept in the camper on the floor instead.  The hard floor wins over having a tent with broken poles slapping you in the face all night wondering if you are going to fly off to OZ.

With the wind blowing so hard we stayed close to the ramp and didn't find as many fish as some of the other fisherman had.  While I was cleaning our 4-5 fish at the fish cleaning station, others were cleaning 5 gallon buckets full. 

I still brought home a couple zip lock baggies full of fillets. 

Saturday morning the wind whipped Gavin's fishing hat off his head and into the water.  My pole tangled with another pole in the boat the same time so I couldn't swipe it out of the water.  I grabbed Leo's pole and tried snagging it as it was quickly floating away from the boat and sinking.  It wasn't working as I couldn't cast straight in such a strong wind.  Dad was trying to pull the anchor but it was stuck in a tree.  I emptied my pockets quickly and dove into the lake.  It was too late and the water was too cold to stay in there long.  I swam back to the boat, realizing how out of shape I am.  When I got back into the boat I realized my wallet was still in my back pocket.  Both my Kansas and Oklahoma fishing licenses lost the ink off the paper drying out.

We caught a few crappie, some white bass, some just short walleye and a bunch of drum over the course of the trip.  Gavin caught a crappie trolling and was pretty excited about catching his first keeper fish.  He loves to eat them.  It's about time he starts catching them.  He'll be 4 in 2 days.

This weekend I am thinking of going back.  It's a 4 hour drive and is supposed to be 105 degrees with more wind.  The fun sun seakers will be out all over the lake creating danger to everyone else.  It's still tempting to go after a bucketfull of walleye and crappie.  I haven't spent a weekend at home the last few weeks.  I'm torn on what to do.  Good thing is, I don't have to decide until the weekend gets closer.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekly Catch Up 5.21.12

Leo's soccer season is over.  It's actually been over for a couple weeks now.  His team finished 2nd in the league out of 5 teams.  In the championship they made it to the final quarter then the other team scored twice.  After the second goal Leo got upset as he realized they were not going to win and were not going to be having the pizza party that you get for winning.

All of a sudden he got a look on his face and started running at the kids from the other team.  His Waterboy expression cause me to yell loudly at him to stop.  He stopped right before getting to the other kids.  I pulled him out of the game and told him that sports are for fun and competition but he should never take it so seriously that he would want to hit another person because he is losing. 

Fishing wise I have been a few times since my last post.  On the first trip a guy from town asked if I would like to go to Canton lake with him.  I jumped on the opportunity.  We got up early and headed for the lake.  It was windy and chilly at first.  We got out and had a good day anyway and I caught a 5 pound walleye right away.  I caught another 3 pound walleye and some shorts throughout the rest of the day.  Later in the day the wind went down a little and we decided to try for some crappie on the dam.  The white bass were spawning so we got into them pretty well.  I also had 1 nice crappie on but lost it.  Our freezer is now full of fish.

The next fishing trip was my 3rd Okie Division BFL at Fort Gibson lake.  I finished 25th and moved to 35th in points overall.  My boater finished 3rd and was putting on a clinic.  He must have caught 20 keepers throughout the day.  It was a great day of fishing.  The lake was great but the trip overall was purely crazy.  It deserves a post of its own.

This weekend we drove to my parents 5 hours away to pick up a couch that did not fit in their new living room.  While we were there we drove to one of their close lakes that my Aunt and Uncle were camping to fish and eat hot dogs cooked over the fire.  I caught several bass.  None of them were very large.

This next weekend I will be going back north to take Dad's pickup and trailer back.  We will stay and camp with my parents for the weekend at Glen Elder.  It has some fantastic crappie and walleye fishing this time of year.

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