Lake Poway Night Fishing 8/11/18

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  1. Tarheelblue76

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    Went night fishing at Poway. Arrived around 6:10 pm. Well prepared with everything I needed. Nope! Left my stringer at home after hiking to my spot, then had to hike back to get my big bucket instead.

    I knew it was going to be a good night. Went in with a different strategy, and did some tests reading comments, and suggestions from the good peeps here. Winds picked up, and the current was flowing to the back of the lake. My usual spot was gone! A big tree fell over and that was that. Moved over to left of it, which was a nice open spot, but was grassy the last time I got skunked a couple weeks ago.

    The tests. I had my usual 3 poles. 1 had a sinker and split shot, 2nd with just a split shot only, 3rd just straight flylining. I really never fly line, but after last time, this will be ideal. I didn't use mackerel, shrimp, or nightcrawlers this time. Not sure if I can mention the bait, but you can message me if you want to know. First hit I got was at 7 pm on the dot! Nice tug and fight! That was the sinker line. While reeeling in, I got stuck in the heavy grass with the cat still on it. Felt like I lost it, and was hung up. I let a lot of slack loose, and there it goes! The cat began splashing out the water. Got lucky there! I had to remove all the grass from it.

    2nd cat caught was on the split shot only line. Wasn't as bad, but still grassy. And reeled it in no problem. 3rd cat took the flyling bait, and ran with it. Hooked it good! Caught the 4th on flyling line.

    I missed a couple! Would've had my limit way before 9 pm! Would've had at least 8 easily! The ones that were missed were on the flyling and split shot lines only. Line popped and snapped with a big daddy cat that got tangled up in the grass, while I struggled with fighting that. While doing that, the flyling line was going bonkers with something on it at same time, hooked it, and it got away. The 4th cat I caught got tangled up in a tree branch, and luckily I made some clever maneuvering saving it. You can see it on my left in pic sticking up from the water. Flying was fun! Cast it, watch the line get tight, and let them run with it! Many boaters were out. All at log booms of course! Maybe 3 or 4 near Hidden Bay. Sounded like us on shoreline at the back of the lake caught the most fish. Heard splashing, and little kids with their parents screaming they caught one.

    I called it a night around 9:30 pm. Went to the cleaning station, and as people walked by, they said they didn't catch a thing near the dock areas along shorelines, even moving around. A handful of boaters didn't catch anything either. A couple people at the station when I was there had some cats, but were way smaller than the ones I had. Even they said those were some huge cats I had. I didn't bother weighing them, but I'm pretty sure they were 4+lbs each. Sucked hiking back with a bucket that seemed like it weighed 30 pounds, along with a backpack on my back, with 3 poles.

    2 big fillets for dinner tonight, and the rest stored in the freezer.

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  2. rookieyaker

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    Great report! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Glad to see the flyline work out for ya!
     
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    Yes it did! I'll be doing that for now on at Poway doing shoreline fishing.
     
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    You can fish 3 rods at a time?
     
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    I've always did. Always seen other individuals with way more. Wholford to. Unlike Santee where they will charge you for each.
     
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    Only 1 rod per license unless you have bought 2nd rod stamp. Then you can use 2. Same at Wohlford and the majority of all other lakes in the county.
     
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    Just a heads up
     
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    2 poles is not a lake rule its a state law
    but then no one seems to care about rules or laws
     
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    Everywhere I've gone, rangers never say anything to anyone about multiple poles, when they go around checking for licenses and permits. Even checking in. Only place I've seen that was Santee, and they always had someone walking around checking throughout the day when I was last there.
     
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    You should probably do some homework. The 2nd rod stamp only allows 2 rods to be actively fished at one time by each license holder. Just good to know for when you talk to an actual game warden and not Lake Ranger, just a heads up ... I’m not in the business of telling people what to do at all. Just a friendly reminder unless I’m totally mistaken and have been wrong for the last 25 years, I know there’s an exception for some saltwater applications but as far as I know freshwater is 2 per person. Good luck!
     
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    Wouldn't you think lake staff walking around would also enforce this, like they do asking for licenses and permit checks?
     
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    It’s not Lake staffs job to check that stuff man they just wanna make sure you got your Lake permit so they get thier cut and make sure you have a license so they are compliant, they aren’t game wardens
     
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    integrity = doing the right thing when no one is watching
    follow the rules or don't
    your choice what kind of person you want to be
    those fillets look really nice
     
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    You've been lucky thus far. Rangers can write citations (usually just warnings).When you sign your fishing license you agree to understanding all the fishing regulations. Just because you see one person do it doesn't make it ok. just trying to give you fair warning. Next time you might not be so lucky.
     
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    Lake poway is operated under an aquaculture license....just like dixon and santee lakes. I don’t believe the statewide rod limitation applies since no license is required at those 3 locations....unless they have local rules. Every other lake in SD County is NOT operated under an aquaculture license and the 1 rod per angler unless a 2 rod stamp is purchased applies.....and no, you cannot buy multiple 2 rod stamps to fish more rods. I’ve seen it tried and seen it ticketed.
     
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    I think Poway is another lake that DOESN'T require state fishing licenses.. They just require the permit. Not sure about how many rods there now, but wouldn't hurt to double check.
     
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    Much ado about nothing.. beautiful fish and nice time there...
     
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    Nice haul
     
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