|October 5, 2006
Rogerson, Idaho - For Mark Abel of Sun Valley, fishing is a major
part of his life, and the bigger the fish he catches, the better.
Sunday night at Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir one of his dreams came
true when he landed a 17.6 pound walleye, breaking the 10-year-old
state recorded of 16.2 pounds.
Abel isn't your typical angler. When most people are fishing on the
weekends, Abel is working so he can fish on the week days. But he
even takes it one step further; he only fishes at night for walleye.
"Nighttime is the best time to catch these big predator fish and
this is the best time of year to be fishing as they are fattening up
for winter," said Abel. "Being semi-retired allows me to go fishing
three or four times a week down at Salmon Dam. Only fishing at night
can mess up your sleeping patterns and most people won't do it. But
when you are catching six or seven big walleye each night, it's
Abel's biggest complaint about Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir is the
number of trout in the lake.
"You don't want to be handling a slimy trout when you are fishing
for walleye," Abel said. "That is one of the hardest things about
fishing down there is getting your lures to the walleye before a
trout grabs it. But I have also caught some pretty nice trout down
there at night in the five to seven pound range. When you are
catching fish like that, it's pretty good fishing."