THE CREATURE FROM THE DEEP
The lake we were fishing at in Bruneau Sand Dunes, Idaho has bluegill, catfish, and largemouth bass. I got taken out on a small kayak with my brother and an experienced fisherman named Kevin Schroeder, I had never caught any kind of fish before and he devoted much of his time to help me land my first one.
Throughout the next couple hours, I reeled in one small bass. Apparently, I have a very good sense of direction because I was maneuvering the boat most of the afternoon, and everyone caught fish in the spots I picked out. It was beginning to get dark and we were about ready to head in for the night when I gave it one last cast toward some reeds by the shore and the moment it entered the water I felt a strong tug and my rod started bending at a crazy angle. Finally!!! I had caught something. It took me three minutes to reel in, but it was worth it! My first time bass fishing and I had just pulled in a 21 inch, 6 1/2lb. trophy-size largemouth bass. This is one that didn’t get away.
Note: We released it back into the lake after taking the length and weight measurements so that someone else might one day get the same feeling I did when I reeled it in.
About Bruneau Sand Dunes
Reportedly, the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America rises to 470 feet (140 m) high above small lakes. The dunes at Bruneau Dunes State Park are unique in the Western Hemisphere. Other dunes in the Americas form at the edges of natural basins. However, the Bruneau Dunes form near the center. The basin has acted as a natural trap for over 12,000 years. The dunes may have started with sands from the Bonneville Flood about 15,000 years ago. The prevailing winds blow from the southeast 28% of the time and from the northwest 32% of the time, keeping the dunes fairly stable. Unlike most dunes, these do not drift very far.