By MIKE CORN
WEBSTER RESERVOIR -- Walleyes, wipers and whites! Oh my!
All that's simply too much for anglers, who have been converging on Webster Reservoir, some parking at dam's end and riding bicycles down to a favorite spot before walking down -- and ultimately back up -- the precarious rip rap on the face of the dam.
All that for a shot at the tough walleye, not to mention the chance to pick up a hard-fighting wiper or white bass.
It's also the bright spot of spring, as temperatures warm and the fishing season gets fully under way.
But the walleye season is winding down, just as the water temperatures warm.
"I've been up here since 7 o'clock," said Ron Morel, his chest-high waders drying in the brisk wind Monday. "It's time to go home and eat."
He hadn't been skunked, but the catch was slow.
"I caught a few," He said. "I figure two or three in a eight-hour day is not very good. I guess the other guys are doing good."
Morel, Palco, was in search of walleyes and wipers.
His favorite was walleye, but the wipers provide plenty of fun.
"You better be ready," he said of when the hard-fighting wipers come knocking.
Just down the bank a bit, actually in the water struggling to stay upright as the white-capped water splashed against him as it headed ashore, Gary Knight, Plainville, was fishing for walleye, wipers and white bass.
He got into one walleye on Monday, but it broke his line.
"I had to come out and get my park permit, so I thought what the hell," he said, cradling his spinning rod and reel in his arm, the waves crashing into him. "I just started today. I took a vacation day."
It was worth the day, as his five-gallon bucket held several white bass.
"Those guys up on the bicycles," he said motioning to a group of anglers at the base of the dam, "they're out here every day."
But the walleye season is almost past.
"The walleye are just about tapered off," he said. "I bet by the end of the week, they're done."
But it's been a good string of days.
"A lot of them are limiting out on here," Knight said of the anglers going after walleye. "A lot of the walleye are about 17 inches."
Under state regulations, the daily limit is five walleye and must be more than 15 inches in length.
He said the wind and waves didn't bother him much, although he had to take care, leaning into the waves.
"You've got to lay into it," Knight said. "I just don't feel like walking on the rocks."
He didn't mind the struggle, especially with the lake full after being nearly dry for so long.
"Webster should be good fishing this year," he said. "There should be some really big wipers in here this year."