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4/20/2011 7:15:00 AM
THE FISHIN MAGICIAN: Rock Island hosts Kids Fishing Day
Dave Graybill
Fishing Magician

Monday, April 18

If you have kids under the age of 15 bring the whole family down to the Pit Pond at Rock Island this weekend. Saturday, April 23 is the annual City of Rock Island Kids Fishing Day.

I have helping organize this event for a dozen years or more, and it is a great way to kick of the fishing season for families. The event is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. until noon, but you can show up anytime.

The pond will be filled with rainbow, and there are always some big ones caught. Bring your own rod and reel, and the Wenatchee Sportsmen's Association will be on hand to help you get everything rigged up right to catch fish.

Ray Pierson's crew will be on hand again, serving up coffee and donuts in the morning and hot dogs and chips later on. Pepsi will be there with soft drinks to quench everyone's thirst. This is a great free event that the kids always enjoy.

The general lowland lake season opens the following weekend, so this is a good time to get some practice in. Remember the Pit Pond is for juveniles only, and only children under the age of fifteen are allowed to fish here. Bait is allowed and the daily limit is five.

Wednesday, April 20

I made the trip up to Palmer Lake last year to fish for the kokanee, and I just had to see how it was this year. It's good.

My brother Rick and I traveled to Palmer last Saturday and enjoyed the first real day of spring fishing on the water for the year, and caught kokanee and perch, too. We arrived at the lake, which is near Loomis, not far from the Canadian Border. There were a bunch of boats on the water when we arrived.

When we passed other boats they indicated that fishing was pretty slow.

It took us a while to find some hungry fish, but we did. We wound up hooking eight and landing four nice kokanee, all of them 17 to 17-and-half inches.

We tried Wedding Ring spinners, squid type rigs, my favorite Super Duper, all baited with white, shoepeg corn. The kokanee hit them all.

We found the fish between 12 and 15-feet deep, and caught them trolling from about point-8 to 1.7 miles per hour.

We had heard that there were some nice perch available at Palmer too, to we put away the kokanee gear after about four hours and went looking.

We found them pretty quick and put 18 fat ones in the boat before we headed home.

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