Monday, June 20


This last week Nate (and I) have gone fishing a lot. We love living so close to Utah lake because we think its a perfect way to spend our evening outside. Plus Aspen still loves the water more than anything (However, please note that when there are waves he takes a little extra persuading to get into the water ie a throw, or a push in the right direction. But once he's in he's happy as can be. Fetching sticks and bottles galore).

Nate has been dying to catch a walleye and when we went fishing on Thursday we thought he finally caught one. He had an immense fight trying to get this fish in, and when it came close enough to see it we were very surprised to see a CAT FISH. (Although we do know Utah lake is filled with cat fish, the surprising part is that Nate was using a white lure and catfish are NOT known for going after their food)
When you see this picture you'll understand why we were very shocked to see this beast in the water. When asked to net this fish I was a little scared to because of his size and monstrosity. I was totally scared he'd somehow attack me.
29 inch, 10lb catfish

a monster!
On Saturday we decided we wanted a little bit of an adventure. We wanted to go on a hike (and although we didn't hike really, I'd say our day was still a success) and to go fishing. We decided Payson Lakes would be a good option, as Maple Lake has always been one of our best and favorite fishing spots. The road to Maple Lake was closed, so we decided we would try one of the other Payson Lakes. We first stopped at Big East Lake and fished for a little bit there. Aspen was so anxious to swim, but there were signs around saying no dogs in the water. He snuck in a couple of times though (see, he loves it SO much). After a while of fishing we decided the lake was way too crowded, and the fishing wasn't that great (All that was caught was a tiny brook trout I caught near the beginning and nothing since then).
can you see the tiny brook trout I caught, hanging in the air?

We knew the other lakes weren't too far, so we decided to head down the road and see if we could find one of them. We found one and after seeing how flooded it was (the water was so high, quaking aspens appeared to be growing out of the water) we didn't expect to much with fishing. But we were happy because there wasn't a people athon, and Aspen would be able to run around much more freely. We found the fishing at this lake (we're not sure the actual name of the lake we stopped at, its either McClelland or Box Lake) to be much better as well. Nate caught 2 decent sized trout pretty quickly and then we caught 2 more a little bit later. We had a wonderful time being out in the sun, catching fish and playing fetch for sticks with Aspen (we put a little power bait on one of the sticks, so Aspen would be able to smell it and we Nate threw it deep into the trees for him to find, and because of the smell he was able to find it everytime, even through deep bushes and around many trees)

a duck flying over the water

i love this picture with me and Aspen and the fish. whenever we catch a fish Aspen is so interested and wants to know what that weird creature is.

a hawk flying above the trees

4 good fish!
Overall it was a wonderful day of fishing and sunshine. I love summer so much, and I'm so happy that the warm weather might FINALLY be here to stay.

1 comment:

  1. That catfish is gross looking. I hope you fry it! nothing like battered and fried catfish!