|Mud And Milfoil|
It has not rained since the last time I was here a few months ago, so I knew the water would be low. when I got there I was very surprised to see just how low the water real was. I had to drag the kayak and all of my gear around to a spot on the far side of the lake where the rocky hillside almost meets the water. Even then there was about three feet of shoreline consisting of mud deep enough to swallow my leg up to my knee. I had quite the struggle getting into the kayak and then pushing it through the deep mud out to the water where a whole new problem presented itself. I now had to get out past the milfoil that was so heavy that the top had matted and become dry on the surface of the lake. but once past that I was rewarded with a great view of the lake and surrounding hills.
|Do You See Her?|
Almost immediately I started seeing fish hit the surface of the water chasing some unknown insect that I couldn't seem to find. I immediately took out the fly rod and started to try and catch a fish. Try as I might I just couldn't figure out what those fish were chasing. I started to get a little frustrated and went back to a tactic that has worked so well in the past. I tied a swim bait onto my bait caster and started to target the stick ups and other structure as I lazily drifted down the shore line. I drifted into a small alcove and looked around trying to assess the best strategy when I noticed something moving up on the shore line. Upon further inspection I was flabbergasted to discover I was looking at a large female Goulds turkey!
Gould's turkeys are among the rarest of the turkeys found in the united states. They were actually hunted to extinction north of the Mexico border in the early part of the 1900's and re-introduced to southern Arizona in '80's and '90's. There are now several good sized populations around the various mountain ranges, but they tend to stay at elevations above 5000ft so seeing this one down around 4000 ft was a shock and a surprise.
|Large Mouth #1|
|Large Mouth #2|