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Monday, March 20, 2023
By Dave Graybill
The annual Quincy Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby is coming this weekend, and I wanted to check out Burke Lake, to see what I could catch. I was very short on time last Thursday, and only had a half hour to fish. I cast my bait from the platform near the vault toilet and waited for a bite. I ran and took a quick photo of the improved boat launch and dock and then changed my bait and recast. I laid my rod on the short rail at the edge of the platform and took a quick look at what was just down the shore from me. I was close enough to hear my rod sliding across the concrete and got to it before it slipped into the water. Turned out there was a fat, 13-inch rainbow on my hook and he nearly took my whole setup. I think this was a yearling fish from last year’s fry plants, and there should be a bunch of them in Burke and Quincy lakes. The Quincy Chamber bought additional fish to be planted just prior to the derby on the 25th and 26th, and a good number are going to be whoppers.