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Joe Kriz posted 08-26-2005 07:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for Joe Kriz   Send Email to Joe Kriz  
Had a great trip to Klamath Lake, Oregon a couple of weeks ago. The weather was great but the algae was growing.

Anyone else fish or cruise around with algae?
Any other West Coasters visit Upper Klamath Lake?

Here are some photos:

http://users.sisqtel.net/jkriz/KlamathLake/KlamathLake3/7-11-05.html

montauk madness posted 08-29-2005 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for montauk madness  Send Email to montauk madness     
Hey Joe,

The OR 20 finally got some salmon blood on it two weeks ago in Washington. Guys casting from the beach were telling me what a nice boat I have.

-Jeff

kingfish posted 08-29-2005 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Joe-

Nice shot of the algae! But weird...

I've never seen anything like it - did you catch that fish in the last photo through that stuff?

John

minitauk85 posted 08-29-2005 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for minitauk85  Send Email to minitauk85     
The algae is bizarre! It reminds me of the phosphorescence I used to see in the summertime at night when I lived on the gulf. Very magical to look at your wake in the moonlight and see it glowing bright green from the phosphorus in the plankton being agitated like a glow stick! The coolest part was being able to see the trails of large fish shooting across the flats, under docks and under your boat as clear as day! thanks for sharing a very unusual (to me) phenomenon. Very refreshing in light of all the political (and politically correct) pontification of other posts! thanks-k
Joe Kriz posted 08-29-2005 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     
Kingfish,

Yes, when the algae grows to a point over the summer months, it gets about 1 foot to 18 inches in depth from the surface. The fish feed just under the algae at about that depth. As you can see from the photo with the fish, the algae is about 1 inch long and skinny somwhat like a piece of long grain rice only green...

The water depth in this particular lake is about 7 feet on the average so this fish rely on this algae to keep the water cooler underneath. There are also underground springs where the fish like to hang out... That's my secret though... :-)

This particular algae patch was a little more than I had seen as you can see from the wake... Solid Green...

minitauk,
Thanks for sharing your insight on the other plankton... Any photos?

montauk madness,
That 20 of yours is gorgeous... I miss it already... :-)
Have you seen some of the prices people are asking for the 20's now?
I saw one the other day for $32k... Ouch...

kingfish posted 08-29-2005 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Joe-

I thought the fish photo was taken on a lawn! (No kidding)

That is remarkable.

Joe Kriz posted 08-29-2005 11:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     
John, (kingfish)

I practice catch and release for almost all of my fish.
I do keep an ocassional small Brown or Rainbow Trout or Salmon to eat fresh.

I would like to mention another feature about this premium trout fishing lake.
This lake is the home of Giant Rainbow Trout... The trout range in the world class size for Rainbow Trout... 5 pounds to 15 pounds is a good fish. 20 pounds is a great fish and I believe around 30 pounds is the record for this lake.
These are true Rainbow Trout, NOT Lake Trout... The sam species as can be found at Eagle Lake, California and the same trout that were exported from California to New Zeland...

This lake is not an easy lake to fish. It can be very tough. I have had weeks of fishing without a bite, but, when the bite is on, look out. I have been broken off many times as I use 6 lb test and leaders... The weeds, the algae, and the fish take care of this 6 lb test rather quickly if you get my drift.

My personal best that I landed was a 10.5 lb Rainbow. Both my wife and I have had several other fish on that we never got a chance to see... They are now only memories of the line spooling off or the line snapping as the fish wrapped itself around the weeds.

Upper Klamath Lake is a true anglers dream... There are however some drawbacks. Bugs... and lots of them... One good thing about the bugs is they don't bite... You boat can change color if you get into heavy pockets of these bugs. My boat has turned completely black... Once when I opened my console door I accidentally took a breathe at the same time... I took a lung full of bugs and could not stop gagging and puking for about 15 minutes...

As you can see from the photos, the lake is gorgeous....

Anyone interested in taking a trip with me someday is welcome. The best fishing months are July and August but of course that can vary with the year..
This year was a slow year due to all the spring rains. The lake stayed full of water as the local farmers did not need to irrigate their crops. The fish stay scattered when the water levels are higher....

I have been long winded here so I will now shut up....

minitauk85 posted 08-30-2005 06:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for minitauk85  Send Email to minitauk85     
I too thought that the fish photo was on the lawn! amazing! As far as pics of the phosphorescence goes nope! Unfortunately this was many years ago that I lived on the gulf, and photography was not a priority of mine at the time, I would imagine it would be quite a task to shoot at night! -k

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