When my brother and I were young kids, we use to head out each day during the summer to a lake near our house. Rods in tow and a cup full of bait, we use to hang a right at the end of our driveway and head towards the baseball fields at the end of our street. We would follow a bike trail behind some houses that ended across the street from the lake. We would fish until 2pm when it was time for us to head home.
Every summer the lake would be stocked with thousands of 12-inch rainbows. All summer long the rainbows would travel in large schools around the lake eating everything in their path. We would wait for them and then ambush them with salmon eggs, cheese and corn. Many summer days were spent at the lake catching 12-inch rainbows one after another.
I found out a few years back that pike were found in the lake and that ADF&G is no longer stocking it with rainbows. It is sad that someone would illegally introduce pike into a watershed. I use to tell myself that I wanted to bring my kids to fish for rainbows just like dad did. Maybe someday.
Cheney Lake | Photo by M. Hopson