CHENEY RESERVOIR – Mark Fowler had the glasses to watch Monday’s eclipse. What he didn’t have was the spare time to put them on his face.
The fishing was that good the hour before and after the 1 p.m. height of the eclipse.
Through those two hours, Fowler seemed to have either a bucking rod or a dip net in his hands. Sometimes he had one in each. Many times his two lines, each with two lures, held four fish.
And these weren’t tiny fish. Most were wipers well past the lake’s 21-inch minimum length limit. They were bull fish, thick from their eyes back, and they used every ounce of their 6 to 8 pounds trying to pull our fishing rods overboard.