Durrance must be warm. Doesn't that make the fish less tasty?
No these are 1-2-3 year old stocked fish so they're in prime condition. Based on the number of people that showed up swimming by 8am yes I would presume the surface layer of the lake is relatively warm.
When the summer heat is on fish head deep(er) so you adjust your fishing sets accordingly; because of that warmer surface layer you're not going to catch much there so I used a light spin cast gear with an egg-spinner weight attached to a small swivel attached in turn to 5 feet of leader with two garlic-scented power-bait imitation eggs just at and above the hook.
The weight sinks the set close to the bottom and the leader allows the ``eggs`` to trail behind in this case roughly 5 feet above the lake bed. Trout can be pretty aggressive and I actually tied into this one as I was retrieving the line simply to check for weeds; he took it maybe ten meters from the dock and gave me a nice tussle bringing him in.
I normally almost always do the catch and release thing in the wild, i.e. in river ecosystems with wild fish. Durrance like most other Victoria-island lakes is stocked annually so that is less of a concern. I`d have to check the regs again as I can`t recall the limit offhand but it would be pretty high in this case. Whereas depending on the species and the river and the time of year, the limit often is 1 and frequently its `0`......