Saturday, March 5, 2011

2011 Opener

Great opening day for us. Got out fishing with a friend Tony Lawler and my cousin Martin Runge today. Both Martin and Tony are still new to trout fishing. This is Tony's third year of trout fishing and Martin will be entering his first full season. We fished Dane and Iowa counties today and ended up with 50+ fish between the three of us. I caught a nice 24 inch brown to mark the largest fish of the day. Trout were pretty active from 9:30 am - noon. caught most of the fish on rapalas with a few on spinners. Water was very clear which was a surprise to me seeing black earth creek last night running high and muddy. Most fish were browns, but a few brookies were mixed in throughout the day. Cloudy with some flurries and a high of 34. Water temp was 41 at 9:41am when I checked near a large spring.

Tony caught three trout over 16 inches and a bunch of other 8-12 inch fish.

Martin caught 15-20 trout biggest was around the 16 inch mark as well. I sent him into a new section of stream and came back with a report of "great water."

I caught a good amount of fish and did a bunch of guiding. Can't complain catching a nice big brown for the first fish of 2011! I also missed another 20 incher later in the day.

                                                                 Enjoy some pictures

                                                  Martin's first trout of 2011 a fat brown.
                                                   After the morning beer we are ready to roll
                                                      Martin and I locked and loaded.
                                            Not bad for the first fish of 2011??? 24 inch brown
                                                               Tony's first fish of 2011
                                                             Caught a bunch this size
                                                        Tony working a nice deep pool
                                                          Tony with a nice brown trout
                                                        Another cookie cutter brown


  1. More photos of the 23" beast? Dude, way to slam dunk the opener. What are your guide rates?

  2. Mark only got one good picture of the big one. He was hooked kinda weird and it took me 15 seconds to get unhooked(he was still in the water in the net) got one good picture and swam off like lighting!

  3. Great start on the Opener. Those are some nice fish, especially, the big Brown! Wished I lived closer about now.

  4. Great Photos guys.Thanks for the report !
    I'm looking for a trout fishing guide in the area if someone can help?