Angler Report: Becker Lake trout
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Blaine of Tucson: FYI, I landed a tiger trout in Becker Lake while casting streamers along
the shoreline on the morning of Oct. 29. The tiger was an exceptionally
hard fighting (water temp 49 F), about 15″ length, with a chunky body. The fish was hooked in less than 3 feet of water over stony/rocky sediment, less than 100 yards east of the boat ramp.
Two days later, I hooked another tiger, probably the same fish, in the
same location, bringing it close enough for a good view before it shook
loose. I worked the area thoroughly, searching for a possible companion
fish, but with no luck.
So at least one Becker tiger is alive and well …
The rainbows seem larger this year too, with several caught in the
20-22-foot range, including one 24-inch beauty. The 24 inches is an accurate
measurement, from a stitched-in net bag ruler, as this big trout was
much too spirited for a no-touch release. The strain of Becker rainbow
also seems to have a very large head, approaching that of the
exceptionally large headed Lahontan cutthroat.
Very much appreciate your work on making Becker the unique prize it is.
Editor’s note: Special Regulations are in place at Becker: catch and release only; lures and artificial flies only, single barbless hooks only. See a Special Regulations map.
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