|Dacey Reservoir, looking southwest|
(Hot Creek Butte on left, 11,000 foot Grant Range in center background)
|An anxious FisherDad ready to verify the merits of "catch and release"|
My Dacey trip on September 27 was an eye opener for me. Dacey has special regulations: one trout, artificial lures only. On that day I landed just three trout, all eighteen inches or larger. The since that trip I had been plotting one more trip before the winter ice-over, and the unusually warm, high pressure weather system that had been over southern Nevada was the final impetus to visit Dacey again to verify that the last trip wasn’t a chance occurrence.
I was the first on the reservoir, but soon a guy on an ATV parked on the dam and began fishing for his meal for the day (he came from the little Sunnyside hamlet just a few miles northeast of Dacey). While he was fishing the resident NDOW fisheries biologist, whose name was also Mark, arrived and began fly-casting off the dam. While they were there I caught two twenty-inch-plus trout right in front of them. Inspired, Mark inflated his tube and fished the southwestern area along the bulrush. I noted that as soon as the Sunnyside ATV guy caught his trout he pulled out and headed home, no doubt for a meal. It wasn’t long after when Mark hooked up with a very large rainbow from his float tube.
|Fisheries biologist, Mark, playing a large rainbow trout|
(note leaping trout just below shoreline to the far left)
It was a beautiful day on all fronts. It was truly a Proverbs 10:22 kind of day: “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.”
|A very thick, 22" rainbow trout|
|The plump 21" rainbow|
|The 20" rainbow|
|The 17" rainbow|
|The 15" largemouth bass|
|Playing the 21-incher; can't you feel the pull of his strength|
(ATV angler on the dam to the right)
|Yes, there is a Sunnyside Creek|