We knew people in Iowa
were serious about
fishing when we saw a family pull over to fish from shore and pull out
the likes of which I have never seen.
Just check out the photo below. But seriously, Clear
has been known for
some really nice fishing over the years.
In fact, numerous walleye in the 7-10 lb class
are caught here every
it wasn’t the walleye that
were hitting today – it was the Yellow Bass.
Taylor even landed a citation Yellow Bass
which by size may not
have looked like much but by Yellow Bass aficionados it was huge. We didn’t have
time to get an official record
created so we released him for another to get the credit one day.
was once true to its name as it was created from receding glaciers
once crystal clear water body. But
nearby farming in the past century has brought the silt from farmland
into the lake and year by year the lake has filled in.
Two years ago an aggressive plan began to
dredge the smaller bay of the lake increasing its depth by upwards of
10 feet –
an amazing accomplishment.
The walleye fishing this year has
been a bit off – as evidenced by our lack of walleye action
the end the Yellow Bass, White Bass, and
Catfish of the lake kept us entertained this morning.
Our guide Mike Peterson of North
Iowa Fishing was a gracious guide and anxious to put us on the fish -
caught fish at nearly every spot we tried across the lake.
The most interesting thing of the
morning was the entertainment provided by two local boys fishing on a
just in front of us. One
of the boys,
about 12 years old, hooked into a 10 pound carp and fought the poor
what seemed like an hour, while his younger accomplice attempted to net
elusive creature – over and over again.
It was one of those “should we pull
anchor and go help them?”
moments. But, we
figured - how will they
ever learn if they don’t give it the old college try? Ironically, on the near 50th
the poor carp, dazed and confused, ran into their net and they had him. Here’s where it
gets a little graphic. Let
me insert here that the carp are not
wanted in the lake as they are eating the much needed vegetation on the
shorelines that help control the silt problem.
So the boys were simply doing there part to
eradicate the carp as best
they knew how. As
the carp began his
best attempt to find the water again the boys resorted to their
instincts to silence the beast that lay in front of them. A good pop on the head
should do it, but all
the younger boy had available was his 4 foot aluminum net. Enter the
commeth” as the young man in primal display hacked the poor
fish with his
aluminum net like a seasoned woodsman splitting wood.
We all thought – “Oh,
that’s not right”.
But, it got the job done – or so
thought. A minute
later they turned
their back on him and with one flop left in the ole carp – he
leaped right back
in the lake and swam off. Priceless.
Today marked our 34th
State in a row with no rain - clear skies on Clear Lake.
After an interview with some local
press we were back on the road again around 12:30PM – setting
our course for
Fox Chain-O-Lakes in Illinois
– where tomorrow we will make one last attempt to catch the
elusive Musky. Taylor
has vowed that he will have his day tomorrow – and I hope he