Fishing on the Caddo, May 2009

Work sure gets in the way of fun, but not this weekend! Memorial Day weekend with some reunion prep work at Jones Valley and two wonderful days fishing on the Caddo River with Cousin Larry. Friday was all work including a lot of weed-eating and assembling a cart for the riding mower — that would be the cart with no instructions for the jillion pieces. Our combined heads prevailed nevertheless. The day was polished off with a meal prepared by Larry’s mom and sister.

Saturday was a fishing day. We did the short trip, Caddo Gap (Manford Road, where the swinging bridge is) to the Narrows. Caddo River Day 1 The start was a little shaky at the bridge due to some huge trees that had washed up against the bridge structure. We had to haul our worthy craft around the fallen timber.  The next day would have us starting upstream from there and hoping that a kind soul with a chain saw had come along the way.

We caught quite a few fish including this nice brownie. First good fish

I caught maybe a dozen that day, with larry catching quite a few more. Mostly bream but with a few Brownies thrown in.  The day was topped off with a couple of Shiner Bock and another fine meal from Larry’s family. My refrigerator in the camper remains full.

Here is a good example of one of the many finely-colored Bream we caught. The colors really did not come out well, but you get the idea.

BreamAll in all it was a pretty productive couple of miles on this gentle stretch of the Caddo. The water was high enough to have some fun in the rapids and not have to paddle to make time down the river.

Then came Day 2. I started the day with a hike up the mountain to “Igor’s” cabin — not the real name, but you get the drift. Spooky. But with a very nice pond just below it.

Four casts = four fish. In 45 minutes or less I caught 15 fish including this gorgeous slab crappie. crappie

It was the most exciting 45 minutes of fishing I’ve experienced!  Toss a lure, pull in a fish, take it off the hook. Repeat.  The photo doesn’t do it justice — darn phone camera.

Then the river. We launched at 9:57 and would make the 8.5 miles in just over 6 hours. For the first 5 miles we fished a lot.I bagged 23 fish total including 6 bass (1 largemouth, 1 smallmouth, 2 Rock Bass, 3 Brownies). Fantastic day. Rained the whole way but we were prepared. The route was Norman at the Hwy 27 bridge back to Arrowhead.

Day 2 on the Caddo

Day 2 on the Caddo

In fact, as I write this (about 5:30 Sunday) it is pouring down rain. The drops on the camper roof are steadily thumping and popping and a cool breeze is wafting through the open windows.

Among the fish caught was this one Nice little largemouthwhich was the only largemouth of the day.  He was a real fighter. In fact, most of the fish we caught really performed, tail-walking and all, even the little bream.

Here’s a good shot of the river with my kayak in the foreground.

Kayak on the Caddo

And below that is a good shot of Larry and his giant canoe. Can’t believe how well he managed that 17′ canoe. Larry in canoe

The last picture is at the takeout the first day. Larry - end of day 1We exited at the Arrowhead lodge/canoe rental place run by “John.” And no, that’s not a fish Larry is wrangling there but a towel drying his feet — and likely massaging them a bit too as he had forgotten his wading shoes!

Speaking of wading shoes — my new felt-bottom waders and waterproof socks performed perfectly. No slipping on rocks and feet stayed DRY!

It’s almost 6 and the rain continues to pour down as I write. I love the sounds here. This morning, just before daylight, a whippoorwill broke the still of the cool night air. Before long he was joined by another and they serenaded me for a bit. Also in the morning, up at “that” cabin and pond, the bull frogs were in fine voice and at times I was certain that I was totally surrounded by them and that they would be pouncing upon me any minute — made me feel right guilty about all the frog’s legs I’ve eaten!

Headed home tomorrow, back to reality.


About Gil Jones

CPA/Attorney/Judge by training and trade. Hobby nut at heart with BMW m/c, computers, ham radio, kayak fishing, photography, hiking and, starting in 2010 some semi-serious running and bicycling (road and mountain bikes). Retired after 16 years on a Texas District Court bench and since 2013 have been mediating cases. I am a Credentialed Distinguished mediator (TMCA).
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2 Responses to Fishing on the Caddo, May 2009

  1. Cathy Kornegay says:

    Hey Gil! Now I know what fun you two cousins had while Mother and I enjoyed hanging around the valley.
    The whippoorwill was our alarm, too.

  2. Looks like great fun Gil. Congratulations on having some time to do that!

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