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  1. 6 points
    Bill Babler

    Off Topic. Alaska

    Phil and I are off on another Alaskan float fishing adventure. We are leaving August 11. You can follow the preparation and the journey on the Alaska forum. Going to be fun. Hope you all enjoy following us
  2. 5 points
    yaknar

    8 year Walleye

    I got out on the river this week. The last time I was out I caught fish, just none picture worthy, but I did have a deer come down to the bank to check me out. This time I caught a bunch of average size smallmouth, nothing big, on shallow crankbaits, and soft craws, and a few pumpkinseeds. I couldn't find any goggle eyes. I also caught a gar but when I got it to the side of the kayak she got off. But the fish of the day was the walleye. My streak now is 8 years in a roll with catching a walleye in the James, just bragging. I got hung up in a tree hanging over the river, paddled over to get the lure , and while I was over there I made one cast upstream and had a nice fight on my hands. I caught it up stream from where Wilson creek flows into the James. I did lose one lure but to make up for that I caught a rod and reel, won't tell what lure catches rods. The catfish pic is to show where I was fishing. Great day on the river....All were released to fight again......
  3. 3 points
    ColdWaterFshr

    Micro Fishing in now a thing

    You don't find that level of concentration just anywhere. I'm the Kevin Van Dam of fly fishing.
  4. 3 points
    ness

    Micro Fishing in now a thing

    I think your technique is fine:
  5. 2 points
    Also, after enjoying a Casey's breakfast of large Kona blend coffee, two slices of breakfast 'za, and a cake donut, getting out of waders fast enough to not fill them up is an extreme sport.
  6. 2 points
    Dutch

    Anybody else hate summer?

    Yes I hate hot and humid but I also hate cold and windy. Give me May and October and I’ll be a happy camper.
  7. 2 points
    Flysmallie

    Anybody else hate summer?

    I’d rather be in shorts and a tee wet wading a stream. Winter can suck it.
  8. 2 points
    liphunter

    Current ramp conditions

    Launched around 6:30 this morning at Ruark. My plan was to continue to try to develop a walleye skill, So far I've just developed a rash. But I'm hopeful. Before I did I wanted to give an hour or sole beating the brush for bass. I just picked a spot that looked good on the sons creek side and keeping it somewhat small. I was throwing a 1/2 oz white an red Strike King tandem spinner bait, no trailer. I would pitch it under the canopy and in the gaps. It went fairly well for about 45 mins. Then it started to fizzle out. Caught 1-17 inch, 2-16 inch, one that just made 15 inches. And a bonus 12 inch crappie. All swam away somewhat irritated. Then I went somewhere else to not catch walleye.
  9. 2 points
    Old dog 417

    Current ramp conditions

    This is how Ruark Boat Ramp area looked today, Wednesday 7/17. I was able to launch and not have to get my feet wet (yay!!) and even though the courtesy dock was higher than I would have liked it was tolerable. If they would push the dock out so the metal walk ramp was at water's edge it would reduce the height a bunch. I don't know when or how often they move it but perhaps a call to the COE office would help. Not a lot of traffic at the ramp today or on the lake but I did have the pleasure of meeting Liphunter who was also going to take current pics for Dutch and this thread. Typical of this forum...just ask and someone, or two, or more will respond. Today's results: 2- 16" walleyes and 2 bluegill. All were released. Bottom bouncers/crawlers, silver smile blade, 20' channel point. WT: 84 Wind SW at 10 mph Sunny and hot. 90 degrees at 11 AM. Tight lines, od
  10. 2 points
    Mitch f

    Attaching Leaders

    I’m not gonna lie to you, it took me 15 to 20 tries before I got it right every time. It’s so strong and thin. Seth turned me on to this video.....
  11. 2 points
    A bit of a delay on posting this, but, was down at Lost Bridge the week of the 4th. Water temps were in the low 80's and there is plenty of water in the lake. We fished each morning from 5 until the kids got hungry which was usually 9ish. Then went back out from 6:30 to 9ish each evening. Had a pretty good week. Didn't set the world on fire but caught fish steady and had a several flurries of schooling fish. The lake was dead calm almost every trip out. We fished the whole week in Big Clifty. Found groups of fish on several main lake points that were there all week. We would have the boat sitting in 40-50 ft on the points and just fan casting around. they would come up to school from time to time and it would be on then. When they weren't schooling they would hit bottom baits. Most of the fish were caught on Ned or shakey heads with the rest being on topwater. I did have one good largemouth on a black spinnerbait right at dark. It was the biggest fish of the week and was right at 4lbs. (It was the biggest LM i have caught on Beaver) Cuaght a good walleye as well. He hit a shakey head in about 30 ft of water. Was a very fun week.
  12. 1 point
    Blazerman

    Keeping minnows alive

    In this heat is it reasonable to expect minnows to stay alive for long? Or is there a way that can help keep them alive for longer periods? I tried fishing with some fish lights after dark last weekend and was surprised we actually caught some decent crappie. We did not keep any but this weekend i plan on doing it again and maybe keep a few. Last weekend I bought 2 dozen minnows and had them in a Styrofoam minnow bucket and some died pretty quick, and some lasted to the next morning. But i was thinking maybe there is something i could do to help them survive. Which brings up another question. If i put the crappie in a fish basket and let it go down 5-10 feet, will the crappie stay alive for a while? Or should i just put them on ice in a cooler? My plan is to fish long enough to hopefully get enough to clean, like 10 to 15, then clean them when it gets light.
  13. 1 point
    Flysmallie

    Keeping minnows alive

    Yeah we always kept them in a five gallon bucket with an aerator and never had any problems. And I remember some very hot nights.
  14. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    Keeping minnows alive

    An aerator and a wet towel over the bucket is about the best you can do. You really don't want to ice them or make them too cool or they'll die immediately when you throw them in the 80°+ lake water. As for the crappie....Throw them on ice as soon as you catch them.
  15. 1 point
    JCreek

    Current ramp conditions

    Heat index was 114 yesterday north of the lake. Haven't heard from any neighbors today. Suspect they all died. Heat index was invented in 1978. Since I was a kid many years before that, we picked up hay bales, fished, rode bikes and played ball in 100 deg heat. Can't do that anymore because of the heat index. Darn.
  16. 1 point
    liphunter

    Attaching Leaders

    When you seasoned veterans attach a leader. Do you prefer a direct tie from line to leader, or do you prefer some kind of swivel or clip? These are the simple things I could use a little schooling on. No arguing please! My therapist says it makes it impossible to deal with me. lol Mike
  17. 1 point
    Seth

    Attaching Leaders

    MDJ's video that @Mitch f linked was a big help for me when trying the FG knot. I always had decent luck when I was tying it to heavier fluorocarbon, but struggled when attaching 8-10# to 15# braid until I started using 30 wraps and more cinch knots to secure everything. I'll tie a leader on at home with the FG knot and then use the Alberto on the water if I manage to break off the entire leader. Alberto ain't a bad knot, the FG is just better.
  18. 1 point
    Ryan Miloshewski

    Anybody else hate summer?

    I think it's just because I'm stuck up here with all these 90 degree ponds year after year. If I lived in the Ozarks and was able to do that, I'd have a different view I'm sure.
  19. 1 point
    merc1997

    Accident

    but they do have reflective paint and markers. way back before the reflective paint and markers, it was very hard to navigate a wet road, especially a black asphalt road. some concrete roads were not as bad. and, yes, headlights are more blinding on a rainy night. since you seem to like to not follow the law, can the rest of us carry, and put your lights out so we can see?? seems like a fair solution. but, that is not the solution. the solution is to follow navigation rules. bo
  20. 1 point
    Actually you hit on one of the big frustrations of microfishing. Very often you pull the fish out of the water only to have it open its mouth and drop back into the stream. You may have taken 10 mins or more to find that fish, get the bait in front of it without spooking it, have it take the bait and then lose it at the hook set 😒. I'm convinced that madtoms are so aggressive in their strike that they clamp down on the hook and you can't get enough movement to set it. Then simply let go as you pull them up.
  21. 1 point
    I would rather sweat than be cold. That being said, I don't like either extreme. I know what you meant Ryan. This year has been funky, No doubt. But aren't they all?
  22. 1 point
    rps

    Skiatook Lake 1, rps 0

    I went out from Crosstimbers Marina at 6:15 this morning. Considering that the drive from my place to the boat is about 45 minutes, that wasn't bad. I can learn how to adjust the alarm. The picture was taken just outside the marina buoys. It illustrates several things. First, you will notice that people are building very nice places with views of the lake. Next notice the dead trees in the water. The lake has been very high for long enough to kill some species. Last, please note the steep rock banks. This lake was built at the confluence of several creeks upstream from the Arkansas and Verdigris Rivers. Its primary purpose is flood control to protect parts of Tulsa uncontrolled by Keystone dam and to protect the upper end of the Kerr-McClellan waterway that runs from the Mississippi River to the Verdigris River. Because of the location of the dam, there are few areas where the lake inundated flood plain. The land flooded sits in the Osage reservation North and EAST of Tulsa. in the midst of a plateau crisscrossed with small creeks and land so rough there was very little farming. Historically the land was tall grass prairie and then later cattle land. So what does that mean? I found no long sand and gravel flats. Wherever I fished a bottom bait, I felt rock. The channels, typically, are the bottom of V shapes. I did find several underwater humps and ridges. I found large areas of flooded brush and timber not visible from the surface. I also discovered that the lake has zero private docks. There are only two marinas, both huge and primarily full of pleasure craft. Large pleasure craft. Large, expensive pleasure craft. The water surface temps were 84 -85 degrees. The visibility was about six feet away from the banks. The wind was blowing around 20 miles per hour and funneling down the coves and fingers in random directions. I had one small fish swat at a redfin early, and one semi bite on a jig and craw. That was it. Obviously I need to learn this lake, but several things cause me to be optimistic. Until 10:00 AM, I saw only two boats and the underwater terrain tells me that when I find fish other than Spring spinner bait fishing in the timber, they will be clumped up together.
  23. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    Anybody else hate summer?

    What I hate worse than sweating is having to bulk up with 3 layers of clothing and having to take off my gloves to dig out my weiner when I have to pee.....which for me is about every 20 minutes during cold weather.
  24. 1 point
    Dutch

    Current ramp conditions

    Hey guys thanks for the reports. The dock looks doable. Congrats on the fish catching. OD any time you don’t want the walleye I’ll be glad to take them off your hands.😜
  25. 1 point
    Old dog 417

    Current ramp conditions

    Add on to the above post... Toilet is no longer under water but was locked up. The user fee box is high and dry now also. od
  26. 1 point
    slothman

    2011 Basscat Puma

    I’ll tell ya. If I were buying a new boat, I’d be hard pressed to put anything other than a new Evinrude G2 on there. Those things are awesome and you can get one heck of a good warranty with one also.
  27. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Micro Fishing in now a thing

    Congrats on a great looking brook trout caught under challenging conditions for sure! Overcoming the situations and the challenges that we put in front of us, to me that defines success!
  28. 1 point
    Mitch f

    Attaching Leaders

    FG is best. It just grabs the line like a Chinese finger trap… There’s really no hard curve in the line that would cause the knot to break. It’s also extremely thin.
  29. 1 point
    snagged in outlet 3

    Micro Fishing in now a thing

    I believe the term is “Ate up”😆 i have a custom 5’ 2 weight bamboo fly rod with an antique hardy bantam reel and silk fly line I inherited from my dad. I don’t think it’s ever been wet.
  30. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Micro Fishing in now a thing

    Every obsessive behavior that they describe in the article I possess😁.! I love the research, the attention to specific fish, the discernment to determine if its a new species, willingness to travel for a minnow, love of lists and goal setting..... And to think that at 163 species to date that I'm just getting started😁. Just on this trip back to MO I've caught three confirmed new species and a possible fourth and lost one other but thats a separate post in the making.
  31. 1 point
    jdmidwest

    My Bees.

    Too late. Just got done, 11 gallons. I still have the rest of the hives to do this week or next.
  32. 1 point
    GNSfishing

    Accident

    I agree with both of you on the use of a spot light at night while running on the lake at night. There are a few bow fishermen run from place to place leaving their bright lights on. When that happens everyone for a 100 yards or more are blinded and there will be an accident happen one of these days and then there will be hell to pay plus the lawyers will earn their keep. It is against all navigation rules and laws to have no more than running lights on only at night and that's is red & green on the bow and a white light on the stern visible above the highest part of your boat. I see so many boats with their rub rail lights on while running which is not to be on while running. One of the reasons for these violations, is low enforcement of these laws by the water patrol due to a low presents on the waters in the state.
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    It has been 9 years since our last big Alaskan adventure , "Kelly River Float Trip" other than either Kodiak or the Naknek River, so Phil and I determined before I get to old that we need to do something that neither of us had done. I had a plan. For years I have heard and read about a great white fish that prowls the circumpolar regions of North America, Asia and Russia. This fish is the Sheefish or Inconnu Though somewhat widely spread it inhabits regions that for the most part, you just can't get there from here. Alaska's Kobuk River and Selawik River house the largest breeding populations (about 60,000 fish) and that was to be our first destination. Trouble was we can't get there from here this year. The flights are out of Bettles Ak. and there is none available in 2019 as they are already booked for the season. It was going to be a huge undertaking transporting rafts and gear for the trip but we have done it before. Several years ago Phil had a guest come and speak on a river off the Kuskokwim called the Holitna. This is a large class 1 and 2 grade river that starts in the Kuskokwim mountains and flows 110 miles to the main river at the small settlement of Sleetmute, It has a very good population of Sheefish, along with pike, char, grayling and all 5 pacific salmon species. When we first found out about the river the owner of a small lodge, the only one on the entire 110 mile river was the gentleman that spoke at Phil's. The lodge was the Holitna River Lodge and the owner was Rocky McElwain, I believe. It has since sold to Dan Paull and he has renamed his business Alaskan Adventures, still with the Lodge on the Holitna River. Phil and I will get this blog going to show you what we are up to with preparation, gear, flight information and you will be able to join us on the journey down the Holitna in search of char, salmon and the mighty, Tarpon of the North, the Sheefish.
  35. 1 point
    Codywskeeter1521

    Accident

    I fish a ton at night this time of year. Just last Saturday night seen a jet ski out in the middle of the channel at shell knob Bridge running around without a running light one or a light period. That's my biggest fear is hitting someone or something. 30mph is the law and running lights. But accidents happen even to those who obay and do every thing right. Common sense and common courtesy is a thing of the past. Glad you and your friend is okay. Praying for the others.
  36. 1 point
    Flysmallie

    Accident

    But no there are no pics of the action at the ramp.
  37. 1 point
    MOPanfisher

    Troutlines And Jugs

    She Is A Lot Cuter And Probably Just As Good Of Help As Some Of Your Other Fishing buddies.
  38. 1 point
    Our member here @Harps is all about catching a musky on a fly. He let me tag along a couple of afternoons this week as he made his last attempts until the water cools off. Harps is horrible at catching musky on the fly but he's persistent and he will eventually get his nut. I'll continue to tag along and not add much to the effort. But I do take pictures!! Well except the last one. I had to make him take a pic of me since I'm the only one that ever catches anything.
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