We've added several new 3.9 inch lures to the store. If you're targeting winter trout or kokanee in Lake Roosevelt (or similar water), take a look:
Fished Rock Lake (south of Cheney, Washington) from 9:30am until 1:30pm yesterday. The first two hours were pretty slow with only two small rainbows (which we returned).
However, a little after 11am, the fishing turned on. And, we had two limits within two hours. Nine of our fish were steelhead plants. The remaining fish was a decent 'bow. The size of the fish we kept ranged from 16 inches to 18 inches.
The top producer was the fluorescent pink OG1, followed by fluorescent orange, the purple/black scales with orange tail, and a new gold with black-scales. Sizes tested were 1.8", 2.44" and 2.8".
Below is a quick video:
Since the weather yesterday was unusually mild, I decided to hook up the drift boat and drive three hours to Othello and the Potholes reservoir.
I had a new 2.8 inch lure that I wanted to test. Since we'd done well on the 'bows in July with the OG1, I was looking forward to getting out there.
(I was surprised at the heavy algae bloom that's covering the entire surface. Hadn't seen this in July and wondered whether it would impact the fishing.)
As it turned out, the smaller lures, which had worked in July came up empty when trolled behind one ounce of lead. So, I decided to attach a 3.9" OG1 in red-oxide with black scales on the outside and fluorescent orange on the interior. This resulted in the only solid hits of the day. I lost the first 'bow behind the boat--he came completely out of the water and threw the hook. But, managed to bring the second one to the net.
Short video here.
The thing that impresses me about he rainbows in Potholes is their girth, and, their fight. I don't think I've encountered trout like this before.
Mike Carey, at NW Fishing Reports, ran a test of the OG1 in Jameson Lake this past week. Here's a link to the full report. And, here's an excerpt:
Hot lures included an Old Goat Lure 2.44 fluorescent green with orange tail and 2.5 inch generic thin blade spoons in pinks or frog patterns. We caught fish on other gear, but these lures by far caught most of our fish.
Mike: Many thanks for taking the time, and effort, to test the OG1 in Jameson! (We appreciate it!)
Just received the below report from Todd Miller who ordered several OG1 lures last week:
I fished Sprague Lake (WA) today (10-18-16). It was overcast with rain on and off and a little breezy. Sprague is a shallow lake (15-20 feet at the deeper areas) and I typically fish it spring and fall for trout. In the fall the water is pretty murky with a lot of left over algea bloom from the summer. I normally fish in 6-10 feet of water and usually troll rapala type lures (of various sizes). Today I used my normal producers against the OG1 2.8" purple & black scales w/flourescent orange tail. I tried various presentations for the OG1 (first with a bottom bouncer to get it down, then about 10-15 feet back on a downrigger) . I was not having any luck with my normal producers or the OG1. I then tried staying in 10 feet of water and used the OG1 50' back on the downrigger which was 5' down. The OG1 caught me 4 decent trout (16-17 inches). I only had a couple hits on my rapalas and was not able to get them to the boat. I was impressed with the action of this lure. My trolling speed was about 1.7-2.0. Water surface temp was 50 degrees.
Great lure! Looking forward to more head to head comparisons.
Todd: Many thanks for your order, and, for the detailed report. Appreciate it!
Ran a quick test of the three new freshwater colors that appear below in the blog.
Initially, I fished the green/black-scale with fluorescent orange tail for apx. 45 minutes. Nothing touched it.
Since I have a two-rod permit, I decided to fish the new purple/black-scale with orange tail against the red-oxide/fluorescent orange. (The red-oxide has been a go-to color, and lure, for Rock Lake.)
What happened next was crazy: The purple/orange out-fished the red-oxide by a factor of four to one. In about an hour and a half, I was done. Limit on the stringer. Over.
Here's a short video: https://youtu.be/A_5gmKU0ttw
Those steelhead plants in Rock Lake are looking really good. (And, they're even better on the smoker...)
If you want the lures we were using for the Coho off of Vancouver Island, check out the store. (The green/white and red version of this lure out-fished the Coho Killer and several favorite hoochies...)
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.