Last Saturday night, camping on a point on Polly, two of us heard a series of three big thump/splashes - as if someone had thrown a 10 pound rock into the lake. Not regular timing, just three separate incidents around 3am give or take.
Is that what a beaver slap sounds like? It's the only thing that I could think of unless some very large fish was jumping in the area. I'm sure there are beavers on Polly, but I wasn't camped near any lodges or activity that I saw during the day...
Other ideas? Or do I assume I have now heard Sasquatch at play, skipping 10 pound rocks with ease?
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quote Arkansas Man: "Beaver... No Sasquatch! Being familiar with them and their actions help, but still not always prepared for the "loud splash" when they sneak up close to you, or at night when they are disturbed.
Bruce" BAH! That was no beaver. That was Sasquatch. Sasquatchs always do things in threes. Beavers are even-tempered and so always do things in even numbers. A beaver will splash two times or four times.
Had a beaver that scared the bejebus out of me last September on Thursday Bay. Was out by the fire late at night and I heard all kinds of rustling on the far shore. Eventually it made a couple trips across the bay and thats when I figured it out. The next morning I got to check out its handiwork.
Second trip in was the first time in my life is ever heard that sound. My wife and I had no idea what it was but it had us a little uneasy. Certainly sounded big. It was a couple trips later when I spooked a beaver during the day and learned what it was.
Similar experice with grouse drumming, but that was never scary, just mysterious.
Funny! First time I heard that it was on the Current River. Funny, we too thought a deer jumped in the water? A person? "Bigfoot?" Sat up by the fire a LONG time. Then, a few years later saw a beaver in the BWCAW and heard the SAME noise. Mystery solved!
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You've never had fun until you cast out a surface Rapala along the shore line, and while you are waiting for the splash to settle, a beaver swims over your line and gets it caught underneath. The line gets pulled tight drawing the lure to the beaver. Hooked beavers are very heavy and powerful. Best to have snips handy to cut your line.
quote Cletus: "You've never had fun until you cast out a surface Rapala along the shore line, and while you are waiting for the splash to settle, a beaver swims over your line and gets it caught underneath. The line gets pulled tight drawing the lure to the beaver. Hooked beavers are very heavy and powerful. Best to have snips handy to cut your line."
Yeah, I hooked one once and felt horrible. Luckily, I was fishing with a single barbless hook, so I'm hoping it didn't carry it for long.