The Oregon Bass & Panfish Club rang in 2019 with a breakfast and a fish-in. Seventeen members and guests kicked off the New Year by meeting at Tom’s Pancake House in Beaverton on January 1st. The excitement of going fishing caused several of the group actually going fishing to arrive early for breakfast, really early. As that group finished eating their breakfast, a second group of well-wishers came in for breakfast and to cheer on the folks headed out to Hagg Lake for the first fish-in of the year. A total of sixteen anglers fished this event.
On the way out to Hagg Lake, I checked the weather and it was 40 degrees and clear, almost like an early spring morning. As we pulled around to the ramp, there were already several boats out on the lake.
We motored out to the west side of Hagg Lake. We noted that the water temperature was 42 degrees. I had Jim Liddell and Rich Tombleson in my boat. Rich wanted to get to the notorious Spider Block spot to get our lines in the water. As we pulled up to the spot, we found Bob Judkins and Bill Ramsour had gotten there even earlier.
Bob had marked the area where spider blocks were located. Bill had already caught and landed the first bass of 2019. In fact, he had landed two bass and a trout for the
day. As we moved around Bill’s boat, he said, If you are fishing slow, slow it down a little more.” As we moved through the marked area, Sue, her husband Todd, son Daniel, and their dog pulled in next to us to ask how we were doing. The fishing, with a clear day overhead, had slowed to where we did not even get a bite.
As we headed to the dam, we saw John Wheeler, Garry White and Roxy Rosborough all working the water for trout. Just before the dam, PK, Ella and son Daniel were fishing from the shore near the dam spillway. Ella ended the day with two trout.
We had a great outing to kick off the New Year. We hope to see everyone for the next event.