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What?! The Crappie landed me! (A hot August night on Eloika Lake, Spokane County, Washington)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Nice Eloika Lake Crappie20 Acres for sale!

20 Acres for sale!
Getting darker, Mt. Spokane I think.
Getting darker, Mt. Spokane I think.
calm before the storm.
calm before the storm.

All ya’all know I really like Eloika Lake which is one of the many small lakes through which the Little Spokane River flows as it wends its weary way to The Spokane River. Recently, I listed 20 acres on the southwestern shore and desperately needed to get some good photos of the shoreline from the lake’s point of view.  With that in mind, I called up Jerry and Lori at Jerry’s landing on the other side of the lake and asked if they had any canoes for that Saturday afternoon.  I was in luck! Or, was I?

At 6 pm, I started paddling towards my objective.  But of course, IF you are going out on the lake,  why wouldn’t you take advantage of this opportunity to do a bit of fishing while you were at it?  Having been armed with some nice plastic worms which anglers have used all summer to bring in up to six pound bass and some nice little yellow jigs to try for those crappie which make this lake famous, I had to stop along the way every 100 paddle strokes or so and do a little fishin’.  Not much happening that night.  I watched a few little crappie chase the jig which you suspend about 18 inches below a bobber, throw out and reel slowly in.  I think they were too small to even get their mouths around the tiny hook.

I gradually worked my way across and followed the weed beds along the west shore line down to my photographic target.  I enjoyed looking at the nice big houses and fancy white docks jutting out into the lake.  Finally, I reached my friend’s land and took several photos.  This time, I headed straight out across the lake and planned to go north along the east side of the lake, fishing as I went.  The lake was like glass.  Looked like a big parking lot where you could get out and walk home.  The sunlight  filtering through the trees along the west side of the lake as dusk arrived dappled the water creating all sorts of interesting shadows.  The natural drift of the current and very slight wind pushed my canoe gently out to the middle of the lake and slightly northward so I was able to crappie fish without much paddling.  I removed my sinker so just had the bobber weight but was still able to throw it out about 30 feet on each cast.

Finally!  I entered an area where I had hits on virtually every cast!  OOH BOY!  Was this fun!  I hooked a big one, but it got off after about a minute of play.  Several hits later and I had another on the line, As it got closer to the boat I thought it must be about two feet long!  This one was not gonna get away.  I reeled him in towards the boat.  Finally, he was just feet away.  I jerked him quickly out of the water.  I did not realize you do this gently.  No hard yanks.  No big excitement.  So, out of the water he flew, across the canoe and out the other side.  I did not know Crappie were flying fish!  I also did not know the release of tension on the left side of the boat coupled with the addition of a shooting fish ten feet beyond the right side of the boat, added to 240 pounds of weight high on a seat in a canoe equals a fine swim in the middle of Eloika Lake about 15 minutes before dark on a hot August night.

Well, the cool water got my head thinking.  First, put my pole in the still upright canoe.  Second, YES! the dang crappie is still on the line and he IS going to pay for dumping me in the water so get him into the boat.  Next, where are my flip flops?  They cost 20 bucks!  Well, I found one so the one legged guy gleaning stuff along the shore is going to be either happy or sad depending on which leg is missing.

Being in the water was not a part of the plans for the evening so I set about getting back into the canoe while swimming in 30 feet of water.  After several minutes of trying it from the side, I came to realization that was just not going to happen.  I asked myself, how do I find enough weight to counterbalance me as I get in?  Climb in on the end so the whole canoe works against your weight I thought.  Like a lot of theory, the practice just is not there.  NOOOO! Maybe when I was a hot young 150 pound stud full of whim, whigor and wytality.  But now at 240 lbs, tired and old, I just could not get myself in any position to be able to climb the 2 foot mountain of the end of the boat.

Now, what were my options? The closest shore was about a half mile away.  There was also a pretty good weed and mud bank around most of the lake so actually getting to a place where you could walk out of the lake was a real problem.  I had to find a dock which might also mean a clearer, less weed filled path to travel.  So, back toward my friends corner of the lake I went.  In the gathering gloom, the white beacon of the trex decking  covered boat launcher shone like the sun.  Grabbing the boat by the middle, lying on my back and floating with the help of my life preserver and the canoe, I began kicking and gradually we moved towards the dock.  About 30 minutes later, we hit the weeds.  We hit the mud.  As of yet, I had never experienced any fear or significant worry.  Just another exercise.  Just another problem to solve.  Just more grist for the story mill.

After about five minutes of fighting the weeds and the ever thicker, higher mud level I realized I had a big problem.  You literally could not move through this goo.  If you got vertical, you had no bottom to stand on, there was just a light 20 weight viscosity to what you were swimming in,  but you could not move through it.  Now, I had moved beyond just another fun problem to getting a bit scared.  As in all these types of situations, panic is not the answer.  So I began screaming hysterically for help…not.  Even if I had wanted to, there was no one around to hear.  So, I had a little conversation with My Creator and asked for help and calmness.  It came to me, if you can not walk or swim through it, maybe you can slide over it.  So that is what the canoe and I did.  Staying as horizontal as possible, I grabbed and pulled on the weeds in conjunction with me kicking (swimming.)  Gradually, it took another 30 minutes, I finally got to the edge of the dock.  Again, no ladders and that 18 to 20 inches defied any ability to pull myself up.  So, I went around the side and found the mooring line.  I was able to use that to climb onto the dock.

Safety at last!  I laid there like a great grey beached whale for a few minutes gathering what was left of my energy and dignity and then got up.  I looked in the boat to see if my camera and phone were still there and if the ziplock bag had done its job of protecting them.  Yes and yes!  I called Jerry’s Landing and Lori answered.  “I have good news, bad news and good news, Lori.  I landed a huge crappie!  The crappie landed me!  But I made it to a dock here on the SW corner of the lake. ”  I went on to ask her recommendations as I was too exhausted to take another shot at the lake, especially after dark, to paddle the 25 minutes back to the resort.  She told me to stand fast and they would mount a rescue.

Twenty minutes later, my knights in a shining bass boat arrived.  Soon, we were back “home.”  I do not think I have been as filthy as I was since I was a kid swimming in the water buffalo wallows back in Mindanao, Philippines (http://www.mycompactfishing.com/blog/swimming-water-buffalo-wallow-or-clean-crystal-clear-spring/).  Later, I just threw away my undershirt and pants and wallet because they were not salvageable.   Jerry pointed out the canoe had a great livewell as the bottom six inches were filled with water and that miserable crappie was still alive!  While I had intended to eat it to get even with it, in the end, I felt it had taught me a great many lessons and it deserved another day or two in the water, so I cut the hook which it had swallowed and released it. (You can check out the crappie blog (www.crappielife.com//narrowescapesatEloikaLake//) for his version of the night’s events.)

Safe and sound, a lot more adventure than I had planned for but happy and content and grateful to God for the peace we can have in tough times to help us get through our ordeals.

ADDENDUM:  Lessons learned:  Fat, old boys should probably think twice about fishing from platforms as unstable as a canoe.   Always wear your life jacket!  You go from fine to the thick of it in less than a second.  Don’t panic!  Stabilize the situation, calm down and think through it to figure out a course of action.  You will have to repeat this more than once in many circumstances.  I had three of these times in this spot:  When I fell into the lake, when I hit the weeds and mud, and finally trying to figure out how to get onto the dock.  Make sure someone knows where you are and when you should be back.  Keep your electronics in a waterproof container which floats.   Finally and perhaps most important, seek God’s help and comfort.

Jerry’s Landing has one more month before they close for the winter.  Check them out!  They are great and will tell you what to use for bait and where to fish.  To visit Jerry’s Landing Resort, North on Hwy 2 (Newport Highway) past Riverside High School and Miller’s One Stop to Oregon Road. West (left from Spokane) to Regal Road. Left to Jerry’s Landing.

Their phone number is 509 292 2337, their email is jerryslanding@earthlink.net and their address is N 41114 Lake Shore Rd, El WA 99009.

Deer Lake, Stevens County Fishing Report

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

I just talked with Cindy at the Deer Lake Resort in Stevens County Washington.  All their contact information is at the bottom of this report.  She said they have a photo box for people to drop off photos of what they are catching.   Today’s catch included photos of a six pound trout and a 15 pound mackinaw.  Recent reports indicated perch, bass and rainbows were finding their way onto hooks and lures pretty regularly.   The wide range of fish and dilligent efforts of several parties to stock both rainbow trout and silvers insures good fishing at Deer Lake.  The rainbow trout have been released but the silvers are still in the pens.   Fishing tip, the Mac’s know the silvers are going to be set free from capitivity soon.  They are hanging around the pens waiting for this newest stimulus package to be released. Come and catch some of these guys so there are fewer Silvers eaten in the water and more of them caught by the fishermen!

Deer Lake resort provides camping, boating, fishing opportunities galore not to mention it is a great place to stop and get some fat pills to help you through the inevitable slow times.  Here is an excerpt from their website: 

Kayaking
1 Hour $8, 1/2 Day $25, Day $40
Glide soundlessly on the lake and see the abundant beauty Deer Lake has to offer. Single & doubles available.

Paddle Boat
1/2 Hour, 1 Hour $8, 1/2 Day $25, Day $40
Go on a tour while getting your aerobics in!  Youths love to paddle these things, wear them out!  Seats 2

Row Boat
1/2 Hour, 1 Hour $8, 1/2 Day $25, Day $40
Go out and get some trout for dinner!  A quiet healthy way to get around on the water.  Max 4 people

Motor Boat
1/2 Day $50 (4 hours), Day $80 (8 hours)
Take a trip around the lake and find a fishing spot or just take in the beautiful scenery.  Max 4 people

 

If you do not want to rent a boat, the $8 day charge lets you fish from their very roomy docks!

The Saturday Brunch and Thursday potlucks are opportunities to not cook and enjoy some great food and visit with your camping neighbors.

Give them a call and check out their website:  http://www.deerlakeresort.com/Home.html.  They are located on the west or north side of the lake.   There are great directions on the web site!

Address:    3906 WEST CANYON SPRINGS WAY, DEER LAKE, WASHINGTON 99148

Email:     deerlakeresort@sisna.com  
Deer Lake Resort Phone:   509 233 2081
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Travel 1.5 miles to a “y” in  the road (stay left)
Travel 1.3 miles to Deer Lake Resort

May 1, 2011 Eloika Lake Fishing Report

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Hi Folks, not much to say!  Stopped by Jerry’s Landing on the east side of Eloika Lake, Spokane County Washington to check out how the fish were biting.  Jerry said it was pretty slow.  His son had caught a 4.5 pound bass which they released so you can catch it again.  They heard a few people were catching Crappie but had not seen the catch.  That day, several people had brought in 12 inch rainbow trout.  The rainbows were caught with a spinner by trolling.   The perch were dieting as none of them had showed up.  Jerry said the water temperature was about 45 degrees.  It really needs to get up to about 50 degrees for the fish to start actively seeking new frying pay residences.

Give Jerry and Lori a call.  They have a dock, boats, canoes, a bait store etc.  There is also a ramp there where you can put your boat in the water.

Their phone number is 509 292 2337, their email is jerryslanding@earthlink.net and their address is N 41114 Lake Shore Rd, El WA 99009.

Do you Need the Emmrod Stream Master Fly Rod?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to change what you do?  “That’s the way we have ALWAYS done it.” is a common refrain.  When it comes to trying something new, we will try minor variations on a theme.  For instance, we agree to try just a little hot pepper on the sweet and sour pork but revolt at the idea of a little pepper on the sweet and sour pork-u-pine!  So, what does this all have to do with the Emmrod Stream Master Fly Rod?  Well, it is that same attitude here that keeps people from buying this wonderful pole.  I am making a sign for my display saying “A real man leads and does not care what his friends say.” 
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You see, when people see this great compact fly rod, they love the idea, they think of all the ways it can help them fish smarter and better, then they walk away because it is pork-u-pine and not pork.  So, let’s look at what this great compact fly fishing rod can do for you.
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Price:  I know this is the worst place to start, but it is instructional.  I did some quick checking on a Google Search.  Found a great 6 and a half foot bamboo pole on sale from 3500 bucks for a measley 2500 smackeroos.  You could even have it personalized for $49.92.  The next company started in the cheap seats at $199 dollars.  It crawled quickly up to about $350 and did not look back.  They topped out at about 800 dollars.  I did find one for about $60.  But it was very lonely out in the outfield.  The Emmrod Stream Master Fly Rod is only $99.95!  For those compact fly fishing need times you have a great pole that is only about three feet only and packs down into about 30 inches.   All that for the cost of 18 Big Mac meals!  
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So, who really needs a short, indestructable fly fishing rod?  Let me jump right in here and say I do not believe the Emmrod Stream Master is the end all to Fly Fishing.  I expect you will still go out and buy the long expensive poles that mark typical fly fishing practices.  On the other hand, there are many situations where those big expensive poles are just so wrong!
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When you are involved in Extreme Fishing Experiences,  why drag a 300 or 800 dollar pole that can easily break back into the hinterlands where it is going to get beat up by the act of transportation?  When you are doing a lot of climbing, horseback riding, or just traversing heavy brush, you do not need to worry about a delicate 12 foot pole, even if it is broken up in a carrying case.   This is a perfect place for your tough 30″, 9 oz package which will take a real beating and just keep on working.
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Often in small stream fishing an assembled 6′, let alone a 10 or 12″ pole is just too big.  Too many trees, too short a distance to actually cast, and you spend all your time frustrated.  Here is where the Emmrod Fly Rod is perfect.  Just slip it under the branches and get it into the water. 
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A common concern for Fly Fishing Rod users is when they have to work on their pole and have to put the reel in the water to reach the pole.  That is just not a problem with the Emmrod Fly Rod!  No, you can manage it all conveniently even if you are in a float tube, canoe or kayak. 
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So, anytime you are in a situation where transport or space is limited, you absolutely need the Emmrod Stream Master Fly Rod. 
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Eloika Lake, Spokane County, Wa Fishing conditions update Aug 10

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Enjoy the Emmrod Kayak King Fishing Pole for all your Eloika Lake Fishing

Enjoy the Emmrod Kayak King Fishing Pole for all your Eloika Lake Fishing

Hi Spokane County area fishermen, ladies, boys and girls.  Here is your August 10th Eloika Lake fishing update.   I touch bases with Lauri and Jerry of Jerry’s landing every couple weeks or so to find out how the fish are biting.  They are the experts who are on scene providing much of the bait, the lures, and some of the non-motorized boats to the fisher folk who stay at their resort and campground.  They are a convenient place to fill up on those necessities you forgot to bring with you through their small store so stop in and visit.  Their contact information is below.

If it is perch and crappie you crave, disappointment may be in your future as both are slow right now.  If you want to go wit to wit, hook to fin with bass, load up and head for Eloika Lake.  People using Jerry’s Landing caught a five pound bass last week and others caught two four pound bass this week.

There are two ways to get your boat in the water.  The public launch is located at the end of Bridges road on the east side of the lake–North on Highway two to Miller’s One Stop, left at the flashing light and you drive right to the public launch area. Do not forget the parking pass available at any fishing license seller.

The second is Jerry’s landing where there is a small fee  ($3) to park and launch your boat but you also have the store where you can stock up on the last minute needs you forgot or replenish what you use up.  You can also get updates on where the action is and how to fish.  Huge value for small dollars.  Tell them “Dave sent me.”

Jerry’s Landing:  41114 N Lake Shore Road, Elk Washington.  PHONE:  (509) 292 2337.  N on HWY 2 past Miller’s onestop to Oregon Road.  (If you get to the divided highway, you have gone too far.)    After turning left, go to Regal/Eloika Lake Front Road (Same intersection, regal to the right, E. L. front road to the left.) Turn left and follow that around to Jerry’s landing.

Happy fishing.

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Chataqua Craft Fair 9-11 July 2010 In Chewelah

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Quick update on Chewelah’s Chataqua Craft Fair.

Two days down, Sunday to go.  It has been an interesting show.  My main regret is not being able to actually enjoy the show!  Selling Emmrod by myself in my booth pretty much nails my foot to the floor.  If I can get up there a bit early today, I might run through the craft show.

There has been a regular stream of people moving up and down the street and it has been a friendly show.  Sales are reflective of the current state of economic affairs, sadly.  I will remind folks who read this today that I have a fine selection of daylilies.  I really rather not carry them all home so, if you are interested in daylilies, come by and dicker with me today!

Hi folks. I will be setting up across from Zips during the Chewelah Chataqua Craft Fair this weekend. I will have a full array of Emmrod products as well as the Rhino Tarp Clip on hand so come by and learn about these great products.  Bring the wife, I will have a great selection of Daylilies as well.  The Daylilies come from my Garden in the Deer Park area. We grow about 250 kinds and I have about 80 kinds potted up and available for sale.

The Rhino Tarp Clips are the perfect product for all those camping tie down needs. Come see them in action!

Look for the Emmrod Packer, the Emmrod Mountaineer, the Emmrod Kayak King, the Emmrod Stream Master Fly Rod, The Emmrod Gulf Master I and II and the Rugged Flex pole designed for those big guys over 100 pounds.  Catching minnows to monsters, little to lunker, Emmrod is the rod for you!

www.WhyBuyEmmrod.com, www.EmmrodFun.com, www.MyCompactFishing.com

Plans are also underway to attend the Sandpoint Idaho and Colfax Washington Fairs in August and September. Stay tuned for details.

Exciting New Product! Rhino Grip Instant Tarp Eye + a million other uses!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Observie the powerful teeth that can create instant gromets!

Observe the powerful teeth that can create instant gromets!

I am always looking for places, people, products for www.MyCompactFishing.com that are related to, accent or compliment The Emmrod Compact Fishing system and my web site.  I have two new entries, one a destination and the other the Rhino Grip Instant Tarp Eye which is the subject of this blog.  Hang on and see what you can do with this great item!

Why is this the best “instant grommet” on the market?  Because it is so versatile.  The bolt can be removed and reinstalled through the grommet then tightened down so the clamp holds the tarp.  This doubling of the grip on the tarp protects the life of the tarp and helps keep it in place in weather.

Reinstall the bolt through the eye and tighten down doubling strength

Reinstall the bolt through the eye and tighten down doubling strength

If there is a missing grommet or the distance between grommets is too far for your application, you can install a clip at whatever interval gets the job done for you.

Instant Grommet replaces torn gromet.

Once installed, you have two options for connection to the bungee cords or line holding the tarp in place.  You can do a quick catch with the hook or if you want more permanency, run the line through the eye.

Now, besides the obvious tarp application, how can you USE the Rhino Clip?  Kind of like the lover of yore–How do I love Thee?  Let me count the wheys. (Maybe that was the cheese maker?)

–Have a bunch of wet gear or shoes?  clip and hang up to dry.

When you need a MAN'S clip...

When you need a MAN'S clip...

–Clip chip bags closed

Close bags tightly, and hang them out of the kids' reach.
Close bags tightly, and hang them out of the kids’ reach.

–Need to hang a mirror? Lamp? Goodie Bag while out in the woods?

Sturdy, reliable instant hook

Sturdy, reliable instant hook

–Cover your boats or tie down your sails.

Tie down sail boat covers

– No More lost gloves!

Handy clip to tie your gloves to your jacket.

–And finally for today, Fish or Golf towls.  Clean your hands or poles or clubs or gulf balls as you need to!

Any time you need a towel handy, Rhino Clip is there for you!

Any time you need a towel handy, Rhino Clip is there for you!

How many ways could you use the Rhino Clip?  Check them out at http://www.mycompactfishing.com/cgi/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=2-0001

You can buy how ever many you need.  Price breaks are at 10 and 25.  Check them out!

This Blog is underwritten by Emmrod Fishing System.  Check them out from The Packer, to the Mountaineer, to the packrod for saltwater and the packrod for freshwater and so much more.  http://www.mycompactfishing.com/compact-fishing-products.html  www.EmmrodFun.com, www.MyCompactFishing.com.  Thanks for visiting