After scouting for months, awakening to weeks of freezing morning temperatures and chilled to the bone nights, it finally paid off a few days before the close of season.
“You have to be a Billy Goat” to climb to the top of some of Nevada’s mountains to find large Mule Deer, but just like fishing, if you wait and cast out enough you just might get lucky and run across a Big One.
Solid 4×4 Mule Deer
Solid 2×2 Mule Deer
Again, I thought I would throw in a great photograph of our ‘Wanna Be’ Bird Dogs: Beddie Lou and Forrest!
Thanks to Daniel for his recent comments about Fishing at Illipah Reservoir, White Pine County (White Pine Range)…19″ inch Rainbows and More…
“I fished Illipah Reservoir last weekend (October 13, 14), and took home my limit of some beautiful rainbows. One measured 19 inches, 3 measured 16 inches, and the remaining 6 were in the 12-14 inch range. Sherbert power bait off the bottom was the bait used.” – Daniel
At capacity, Illipah covers 70 surface acres to a maximum depth of 50 feet. Rainbow trout, stocked twice annually, and a self-sustaining population of brown trout currently inhabit the reservoir. The 2004 catch rates were 1.41 fish per angler and 0.43 fish per hour, with rainbow trout ranging between 9.1 and 15.1 inches and brown trout averaged 15.5 inches. Good fishing can be found year around, but peaks in the spring and fall. Mid-winter ice fishing (December through February) can also be good. A boat is not essential as many fish are captured from shore.
Regulations and Tips
As the U2 song lyrics go…”We Still Haven’t Found What We’re Looking For“and not because we’re not trying. I think we counted up another 20 some doe we spotted with 2 or 3 small little forkies…again nothing worth writing home about.
Although our main objective of the trip was unsuccesful this weekend, it quickly turned into a successful Chukar Hunt weekend. We’ve never seen chukar as big as the one’s we were seeing and of course not as big as the ones we ended up bringing back with us in our cooler.
The search is still on…
As a side note: There’s somthing to be said about being in the middle of no where, thinking you’re alone when out of the blue…a six wheel off-road vehicle drives up with Girls, Guns and a lotta Ammo.
You just gotta love Nevada.
With just a couple of hours to spare and no work day in sight, these two friends of ours were able to limit out from Pyramid’s shoreline early Monday morning.
The Cutthroat’s ranged in sizes from 16 inches to 22 inches in length. – See Photos. A 7/8 oz. treble hook Tui Chub, pronounced (too-ee chub), seemed to be the Lure of choice for the Lahontan Cutthroat’s.
Find out more about the Tui chub on Wikipedia.