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    Ham reacted to jdmidwest in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    There are some slick rocks in all of that grass.  Dunked there many times.
    Years ago, Lassiter's was a pay access to cut across the guys field to fish there.  Had to watch out for the bull he kept around there.  The area above Cold Springs on the west side had a canoe rental place there and a campground.  We stayed there a time or two, but it went out of business.  The store bldg was still there and a few of the old aluminum canoes last time I cut thru there.  The rickety old stone bridge across the river is a wonderful ride.  There was a shop there between the road and the boat ramp that had a small pond behind it.  It did not last long.
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    Ham reacted to bfishn in Arkansas Pan fishing   
    'Fraid not, at least nothing that involves participation on the shad's part.
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    Ham reacted to netboy in Roundhouse shoals 3/1   
    I waded Roundhouse Shoals this morning and had a good day. They turned the water on at the dam around 6am for the first time in a week. I knew the water would come up around 11am so I planned accordingly. Caught a golden rainbow, 1 nice cutthroat, a decent brown along with lots of stocker rainbows and a couple of better rainbows. Best flies were ruby midges and a Y2K. Around 10am fish started coming up to what looked like small mayflies along with a few caddis. I caught a few on dry flies, but had to exit as I knew the water was coming.
    Here's a few pics...
     



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    Ham got a reaction from BilletHead in The Push for 100 Species in 2021   
    I did that last year. Not everyone was amused. 
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    Ham reacted to FishnDave in The Push for 100 Species in 2021   
    I've decided to make up a latin name for each of the species I catch this year.  Just all in fun. 😁
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    Ham reacted to FishnDave in The Push for 100 Species in 2021   
    (FND03) Creek Chub (Streamio daysaveryte)
    Caught a couple this weekend:


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    Ham reacted to Forsythian in 2/27 trip report   
    Put in at Greer on Saturday, took out Riverton Sunday.  My first kayak overnighter, kind of a shake down cruise and equipment check.  Gavin is always giving me grief for packing the kitchen sink, so let's see how minimalism goes!
    The river is up a bit, I like to wade below 1000cfs for the most part, so I thought to get a good paddle on instead.  Hadn't seen the river below Whitten in years.  I was reminded why 🙄 it's some pretty boring water hahaha.  Got that out of my system.
    Pitched maribous all day and caught all I wanted to.  Decent size, and very healthy by all appearances.
    Had a good camp below Whitten and my setup kept me dry overnight in some good downpours.  Got off the river by 9am before it really came up!
    I was surprised by the crowds once again.  I'm starting to think it's always been crowded and my memories of the "good old days" of solitude on this river are fabricated.  Thoughts?

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    Ham got a reaction from FishnDave in The Push for 100 Species in 2021   
    27) Red Spotted Sunfish. Surprise catch from Spring River today. 

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    Ham got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Here's another pic

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    Ham got a reaction from FishnDave in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    I have found another rod I really like. It is a B&M rod made for Leland Lures (the Trout Magnet guys). it is the Leland TCB rod. It is a moderately fast rod that protects light line. The combo comes with 4 lb line. I switched it to 2 lb. I eventually replaced the original dinky spinning reel with the smallest Pfleuger President. I like it a lot. It is a weird combination of micro/mini/ small fish rod that can wear down 18 inch trout. 
    Light and smooth. It is a two piece rod for easy traveling. It has my full recommendation.

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    Ham got a reaction from FishnDave in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    I probably caught 7 or 8 Browns. 

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    Ham got a reaction from FishnDave in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Ned Rig Trout

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    Ham got a reaction from FishnDave in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Jerkbait Bass on Megabass 95 Wagin React. water temp is 56 degrees. I didn't catch any of size. A local told me that too many people catch and keep. 

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    Ham got a reaction from FishnDave in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Weather wasn't Great Friday, but I NEEDED a fishing trip. I always have multiple places I want to fish and I struggled to choose between them, but in the end weather and a slow start to my day helped me choose. 
     I had a work commitment and my fishing gear was in disarray. So I finally got headed for Mammoth Spring about 8:45 am and got underway about 10:45 am. Cold Springs Access is well marked and a great parking area with some bank fishing opportunities. The ramp is not Great. Too short. Waldo doesn't need much, but dang. 
     I headed up stream and found a fishy looking spot. Tossed a 1/16 oz Zig Jig in there and missed two bites before catching the trout on the third bite of the first cast. 10:53 am. I caught 5 fish on the first 7 casts.
     
    I caught fish until I was bored with the Zig Jig and switched over to Trout Magnets under a float.
    I swear to God I have no idea why a trout bites a Trout Magnet. They look so stupid, but bite them they do and did. A lot. I worked on my technique and hooksets. I missed a bunch of bites, but I got better at it.
    I caught 25 at the first spot and left them biting. I'm not sure how many more I could have caught, but I bet a bunch. I needed to learn the lake a little better so I headed upstream. 
    I ran upstream to the first pretty shallow really grassy riffle. I had looked at aerial images snd knew that it was going to be mostly shallow and fast water ahead. I was looking for Bass at this point so I shut Waldo down. 
     
     I looked for micros, but needed to look harder I guess. Trout were rising all around me so I sore mouthed a few more with Zig Jigs. Mostly 1/16 oz, but I did use 1/8 oz and 1/32 oz and caught fish on all of them. 
    I left those fish and picked up a jerkbait. In a few minutes, I got my first Largemouth Bass  Kinda small, but I was Happy to get it. 
     Next Jerkbait fish was a Brown Trout. I had already caught several Browns on jigs. None were very large. I hope they Grow.
    I tried a Chatterbait for kinda a while. Nary a whiff. Trout taunted me by striking all around me. Pretty much constantly. I would weaken and catch one occasionally on a Zig Jig or Trout Magnet. Whatever I picked up.
    no more takers on jerkbait. I quit on that. I started picking on risers as I floated downstream close to the ramp. I threw that dang trout magnet about 12 inches under a float. Still learning.
    I decided to run down lake. I found a deep bank. that screamed Ned Rig. I caught a bass almost immediately. I caught a decent trout on a Ned. I would occasionally mix in a 1/8 oz Zig Jig. It worked too. I stuck with that area until I got my 50 Burger. 

      I ran back up to the risers near the ramp. I caught a few more, but kept missing bites. That really pisses me off. I live and die with every hookset. A missed bite = complete failure. 
     Well, I stuck with it until I caught one of the culprits. And Boy was I Glad I did..
    my last fish of the day was an unexpected treat. A Red Spotted Sunfish. 
     


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    Ham reacted to netboy in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Glad AGFC started stocking the area above Dam 3 again. They quit stocking the entire area in 2015 after the IPN (Infectious pancreatic necrosis) outbreak in the hatchery. They were afraid that fish stocked upstream of Dam 3 could recontaminate the hatchery with the disease. They were able to purchase trout that were certified IPN free and started stocking the area again in May 2020. 
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    Ham got a reaction from Quillback in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    That is the official name, but I refuse to call them that. 
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    Ham got a reaction from Terrierman in Lohontan Cutthroat Trout   
    Those things become monsters in the lake. Unreal BIG. 
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    Ham reacted to gotmuddy in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    I haven't fished there in probably a decade.  I always thought it was neat because its basically the same temperature year round, and it has decent current all the time.  I have only fished it by boat once though.
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    Ham got a reaction from nomolites in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Here's another pic

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    Ham got a reaction from nomolites in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    I probably caught 7 or 8 Browns. 

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    Ham got a reaction from netboy in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Weather wasn't Great Friday, but I NEEDED a fishing trip. I always have multiple places I want to fish and I struggled to choose between them, but in the end weather and a slow start to my day helped me choose. 
     I had a work commitment and my fishing gear was in disarray. So I finally got headed for Mammoth Spring about 8:45 am and got underway about 10:45 am. Cold Springs Access is well marked and a great parking area with some bank fishing opportunities. The ramp is not Great. Too short. Waldo doesn't need much, but dang. 
     I headed up stream and found a fishy looking spot. Tossed a 1/16 oz Zig Jig in there and missed two bites before catching the trout on the third bite of the first cast. 10:53 am. I caught 5 fish on the first 7 casts.
     
    I caught fish until I was bored with the Zig Jig and switched over to Trout Magnets under a float.
    I swear to God I have no idea why a trout bites a Trout Magnet. They look so stupid, but bite them they do and did. A lot. I worked on my technique and hooksets. I missed a bunch of bites, but I got better at it.
    I caught 25 at the first spot and left them biting. I'm not sure how many more I could have caught, but I bet a bunch. I needed to learn the lake a little better so I headed upstream. 
    I ran upstream to the first pretty shallow really grassy riffle. I had looked at aerial images snd knew that it was going to be mostly shallow and fast water ahead. I was looking for Bass at this point so I shut Waldo down. 
     
     I looked for micros, but needed to look harder I guess. Trout were rising all around me so I sore mouthed a few more with Zig Jigs. Mostly 1/16 oz, but I did use 1/8 oz and 1/32 oz and caught fish on all of them. 
    I left those fish and picked up a jerkbait. In a few minutes, I got my first Largemouth Bass  Kinda small, but I was Happy to get it. 
     Next Jerkbait fish was a Brown Trout. I had already caught several Browns on jigs. None were very large. I hope they Grow.
    I tried a Chatterbait for kinda a while. Nary a whiff. Trout taunted me by striking all around me. Pretty much constantly. I would weaken and catch one occasionally on a Zig Jig or Trout Magnet. Whatever I picked up.
    no more takers on jerkbait. I quit on that. I started picking on risers as I floated downstream close to the ramp. I threw that dang trout magnet about 12 inches under a float. Still learning.
    I decided to run down lake. I found a deep bank. that screamed Ned Rig. I caught a bass almost immediately. I caught a decent trout on a Ned. I would occasionally mix in a 1/8 oz Zig Jig. It worked too. I stuck with that area until I got my 50 Burger. 

      I ran back up to the risers near the ramp. I caught a few more, but kept missing bites. That really pisses me off. I live and die with every hookset. A missed bite = complete failure. 
     Well, I stuck with it until I caught one of the culprits. And Boy was I Glad I did..
    my last fish of the day was an unexpected treat. A Red Spotted Sunfish. 
     


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    Ham reacted to Quillback in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Congrats on a great trip!  Isn't that Megabass a "110 Junior:".  😃
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    Ham reacted to jdmidwest in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    I have been by that access hundreds of times but only dropped a canoe in and floated to dam one time. I may have to hit it with a boat one time myself
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    Ham got a reaction from Quillback in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    I have found another rod I really like. It is a B&M rod made for Leland Lures (the Trout Magnet guys). it is the Leland TCB rod. It is a moderately fast rod that protects light line. The combo comes with 4 lb line. I switched it to 2 lb. I eventually replaced the original dinky spinning reel with the smallest Pfleuger President. I like it a lot. It is a weird combination of micro/mini/ small fish rod that can wear down 18 inch trout. 
    Light and smooth. It is a two piece rod for easy traveling. It has my full recommendation.

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    Ham got a reaction from Quillback in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    I probably caught 7 or 8 Browns. 

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