Lake Hattie 2011
This year my wife and I went up and spent another week with her family at Tuck-A-Way Resort on Lake Hattie. This time was very different however, as I had my own kayak. Last year I tried out one of the free kayaks they had available and loved it. However I have learned a lot and now see them as small, cheap kayaks. I spent about two hours a day kayaking on the lake this year. One of my favorite trips out was to a smaller lake attached by only a stream, called Little Hattie. The stream is very small, maybe at best one foot deep, and therefore regular motor boats do not go out on it. I had to go across the entire lake to find the stream, which was hidden in a reed bed. I was able to find the small channel through the weeds, and went under a bridge and into Little Hattie. I was pretty cool to get there, the lake was much smaller, but was still of some decent size. Unlike the regular lake, Little Hattie doesn’t have a lot of underwater architecture, but instead is kind of shaped like a bowl. I saw some minnows, but no huge fish of notable size. That doesn’t mean they are not there, just that I did not see them. I think next year I would like to try and fish Little Hattie and see what it has for fish in it.
As for fishing this year, I did some, but not as much as last year. The biggest northern I caught was only 24 inches. My father-in-law, Walt, and I did go out after some sunfish and he found where they were hiding! In just a couple of hours we had just about filled out on our limit of keeper sunfish. The final count when we got in was 39. It was literally a feeding frenzy, as soon as the line went in the water the bobber was going down.
So all in all a great trip. I really enjoyed the kayaking and the fishing was fun too. I think later this summer or next year I will get more adventurous and do some fishing out of my kayak as I have gotten a lot more comfortable in it.