The July meeting is in the books. Attendees includes Dave Sparkchaser, Tom MenRats, Tommy Fishman, and Matt OneBlade. Weather forecast was concerning earlier in the week with rain in the forecast for Fri/Sat but actually it turned turned out really well. Friday we all arrived late morning and setup camp in a new spot from the previous years. Easier getting in and out of the campsite - might try and get that site again next year.
Friday afternoon, got on the water maybe 1pm or so. I fished on my boat with Tom Menrats. Tommy Fishman and Dave fished on Tommy's boat. Tommy set out 5 or so crawdad traps as rumor was he and Dave were cooking major crawfish boil Saturday night. Tom and I caught 2 nice sized walleye Friday afternoon. Walleye worm harness with bottom bouncer seemed to work well this year for us.
Friday evening it rained a bit at camp, then we all took a Lyft into town.... somehow we found someone willing to pick us up at Marshall Lake. We took Flagstaff downtown by storm visiting some new places (pizza joint) and familiar places (the State Bar). What a night! What happens in Flagstaff stays in Flagstaff. Good fun Friday night. Lyfted back to our campsite and was asleep the moment my head hit the pillow.
Late to bed early to rise that's how it works camping. Saturday on the water maybe 7:30am. Tom and I caught 4 walleye but 2 were throwbacks so kept 2. Tom also caught 1 small pike. I had a huge bite most likely northern just cut right through my line - I didn't have a steel liter on. Felt like a nice fish though. Rainstorm came in maybe 2pm and booted us off the water. Us Lake Powell folks have enough fish in our freezers so none of us brought our fish cleaning knives. Tom ended up using some old knife he had to clean the fish back at camp.
Saturday afternoon we played a game of poker and then the chefs got serious. Tom and Dave cooked up an awesome crawfish boil with kielbasa, corn, potatoes, shrimp, onions, lemons, garlic, and some special Lousiana crawfish boil Dave got from New Orleans. Later that night, we headed back to the lake and gave all of our extra uncooked crawfish to a nice family on shore, then headed back to camp for campfire and more poker.
Other things caught: various clamshells most just the shell but I think Tom caught a couple live ones. I caught an old shirt.
Other fun stuff: some pesky teens I guess started drinking early Saturday morning they were over by the dam at 8am swimming ready to party. Yelling loudly to their mate to jump off the dam and sharp rocks it led for entertainment and annoyance for the rest of us on the water.
Thanks again to Dave for use of the camper for rain cover, cooking stuff, trash can, Lyft ride, etc.
Thanks to Tommy Fishman and Dave for the crawfish boil. I actually had avoided crawfish up until last night and wow, it was really good. Gonna do that with my kids over Labor Day at Woods Canyon lake.