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Monday, February 19, 2024
By Dave Graybill
I wanted to see if the Quincy lakes were still frozen, so I pulled off of Whitetail Road and found that the gate is still closed. Oh well, I am pretty sure that they still have ice on them, and I will check again as we get closer to the March 1st opening of these lakes. I knew that the ice was off of Billy Clapp Lake. I had my shore fishing “go bag” and a couple of rods in my truck and wanted to give it a try. As I drove down onto the sandy shore I saw one other angler had just arrived. He told me that he lives only ten minutes away and had been fishing here almost daily. He showed me some photos of a few of the rainbow he had caught earlier, and they were very impressive. He has been catching some that were 3 to five pounds and had been broken off by larger fish. I had brough my video gear along and did a short video on fishing Billy Clapp in the winter. After I had packed up my video gear I reeled in the two rods that I had cast out earlier. One was baited with Power Bait and the other with a shrimp and marshmallow combo. The shrimp baited rod had a 15-inch rainbow on it!