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  1. Launched around 6 from the Big Indian (H Highway) launch across from Baxter. No issues and the parking lot is very easy to launch from. Only issue could be accessing it if the lake raises much more. The water was maybe 10" from going over the road that leads to the ramp. Topwater bite was very good for the first couple hours. Fish were chasing shad from the shoreline all the way out to 100'. We had a problem getting them on the hooks. I think we only landed 5 or 6 fish on topwater and easily had over 50 blowups. I tried just letting the spook set to see if that made a difference. Had several blowup on it just sitting dead in the water and no hook up. It was still alot of fun and was fast and furious action while it lasted. There were several 5+ lb fish that came up out of the water chasing shad so there were some good fish mixed in. The rest of the day we flipped jigs into the jungle for a bit, threw ned, small swimbaits, weightless fluke, wacky rigged senko, jerkbait and spinnerbait. Was pretty slow overall, just a few fish here and there. the jerkbait was the bait that seemed to work the best. We kept noticing suspended fish out in the main guts in the back of coves and creeks. Starting throwing a jerkbait and they were eating it. Most of the fish caught on jerkbait were largemouth. Never caught anything with any size though. Ended with over 20 total fish with 6 keepers and lots of near misses. No fish pics, nothing to special to show there. There is a pic of shoreline at Baxter and then a sycamore tree full of herring nests that were all full of babies. (I think they were herrings) I believe we counted 11 nests
  2. Had the same type of top water action Sunday morning by the dam. Must have been turned on all over the lake. It was a blast. We had a glass surface as well when we started fishing around 615 but it was quickly broken with fish and shad activity all over where we were. I had actually debated on going to Shell Knob because I have been catching fish there pretty consistently. But, my buddy joining me lives by Chateau and so I figured might as well give the dam area a try. Sounds like it was good fishing in both places.
  3. No whites. We did catch a huge crappie and a small walleye that I forgot to mention.
  4. That was my first top water action this year. Put the spook on with hopes of maybe catching a couple and was pleasantly surprised. The boat is actually an 85 Ranger 395V. Its a very close friend of mines boat that he is letting me use while my boat is out of commission. He picked it up from the factory when it was finished and it has been babied ever since. Had a new Merc put on it in 2002 I believe. That and the trolling motor and graphs are about all thats new. Everything else is factory. He doesn't use it so I am working on him to pass it on to me... (The 02 outboard doesn't even have 50 hours on it)
  5. Minus the small break we had to take to ride out the storm, yesterday was a great day on the water. Launched at Moonshine at around 6 and didn't have to go far to find a whole bunch of surfacing shad and active fish. The pics will show you right where we were.... lol 1st hour or so: This was the first morning that I had a top water tied on and I am glad I did. On my second cast it got blew up on 4 times. The last time being a clean connection on a nice keeper smallie. For the next hour it was non stop blow ups. Fish and shad were surfacing all over the entire cove. I ended up catching 17 on the spook which made for a great start to the day. As usual, the two biggest blowups I had were missed. One was probably a 5.5 to 6lb largemouth that flew out of a dock and crushed it. With the water clarity we got to see her come out and sit under the spook for a second before blowing it up. We also got to see her make a quick dive and then turn and open her mouth and spit it out like there wasn't a single hook on it. The other big miss was a very large smallie that flew out of the water multiple times but never connected. The fish that were caught were spitting up shad all over the place. Rest of the day: After the top water extravaganza was over I tried a jerkbait for a bit and managed one good kentucky, but, they were not having it. Also tried a small kietech and nothing there either. Went to the Ned and it was on again. Normally when I fish Ned I don't notice much of a difference in results with different colors of Ned's. I normally throw a green pumpkin variation. But, this time, they wanted something with purple in it. It was crazy the difference it made. Experimented a couple times just to confirm it. Another note, we did not have to work the Ned slowly today. They preferred it hopping and bouncing around a bit more. Not just the let it sit and soak. Caught fish the rest of the day doing this. Most of the fish were around 8-10 ft and were really stacked on secondary points. Caught them on pea gravel and chunk rock banks. The breeze didn't seem to matter a whole lot, but, there were a few more fish stacked together on the spots with wind. Overall just a great day. Minus the quick storm the temp and overcast skies were perfect. We ended up with over 50 total fish. What amazed me was that out of all of the fish we caught I would say that maybe only a dozen or so did not hit the 15" keeper mark. It was by far the most keepers I have ever caught in a single day. None were big by any means, 15-17", but were keepers. It was also a pretty even mix of all three species. I generally do not catch that many LM around the dam on Ned. If only these days would happen more often....
  6. Enjoyed the beautiful day yesterday trying to catch some crappie. That did not work out too well, but, the bass were there and were willing to cooperate. Fished from 7ish to about 430. Headed up the Kings and looked for crappie until around noon or so. Only managed to find 4 keepers, and 4 shorts. It just was not happening for us. Decided to head back down to Shell Knob and see if we could find some bass. I am glad we did. Fishing main lake and secondary points yesterday afternoon we lost count of the number of fish we caught. Some good K's were definitely stirring. We ended with well over 40 fish with probably 12or so keepers. 6 of the keepers were big spots. I don't know that I have ever had that many keeper spots in one trip. Most of the fish came on the Ned. I did have 7 or 8 on the Hot Mouse War Eagle SB. These fish came back in some wind blown cuts. All of the spinnerbait fish but 1 were largemouth. They were 14"-16" males. Saw a lot of the fish we caught on the graph, but, could not get them to take anything but the Ned for some reason. Tried Kietechs and jerk baits but they were not interested. Did also catch a nice 19" walleye on the Ned as well. Went well with the handful of crappie. Only got a couple pics with two of the good spots. Ned never ceases to amaze!
  7. Ya, it was slow. I know a few people that were down Tues and Weds and had 40+ each day. They said most were males and were in the 8-10 foot range. We were hoping we could find some of those, but, I guess the cool front that came through slowed them down.
  8. Took off with the intent of catching some crappie. My dad was with me and crappie are his thing. Launched at the Shell Knob bridge around 7 and fished until after 4. Ended the day with only 5 crappie total and only 2 of those were keepers. Dad caught all the crappie but one. I bass fished on and off throughout the day and had over 20 bass. I think I could have caught a lot more had we not been looking for crappie. Water temps around Shell Knob were right around 60. As we went up the Kings the water warmed. Warmest water we found was 67. The crappie all came on 1/32 feather jigs. They all came from the same small cut in the Kings and were all in right about 8 ft of water. The bass came on spinnerbait and jerkbait and were pretty much all hammering it. There was one smallie and the rest were an even split of spots and LM. Only 4 would have been keepers and nothing of any real size. Wind got pretty rough by the end of the day, but, overall was a beautiful day on the water with dad. Lots of sunshine and birds singing. Catching some fish was a bonus. Will post some pic later.
  9. Launched from the bridge around 7 and fished until about 3:30. Ended the day with 12-14 fish I believe. Two keeper crappie and then the rest a mixed bag of bass. Only 1 keeper bass in the bunch. The wind was brutal and made the fishing pretty tough. The fish we caught were pretty much all relating to the flooded bushes. They were caught on jerkbait, a-rig, smoke grub, spinnerbait, and crappie jig. (Note: the crappie did not come on the crappie jig... lol) Fished from the mouth of the Kings to Campbell's Point and Big Creek. The water in Big Creek was maybe a bit clearer but not much. There was little to no debris in the water there tho. Water temp was 58 - 61 everywhere we went. We did see a few good fish bust shad at different times throughout the day. The lake is full and the water is pretty dirty still, but, we managed a few fish.
  10. Launched from Shell Knob bridge about 8 and fished until a little after 3. Ended the day with 34 total fish. One walleye, two crappie, and the rest a mix of all three species of bass. About a dozen or so were caught on ned and the rest were all on jerkbaits. Had 7 or so keepers, nothing with any size. One of the crappie did weigh 2.5 lbs, so it was a good one. Best spots for us was main channel points and banks. Surprisingly, wind didn't really seem to matter. We caught 0 fish when we would move back into a cove or creek arm. Everything was on the main points. Some friends were down last Friday in the same area and fished Mill Creek arm and caught all of their fish doing just the opposite. They were in the very back of the creek arm. The also had a bunch of big fish. They ended with 40+ total fish and had around 20 over 3lbs. Had 3 over 5lbs. (The pics of the big fish are theirs, sadly not mine) We definitely could not find those fish , but, had a blast none the less. Caught fish all day.
  11. Launched from Shell Knob bridge about 8 and fished until a little after 3. Ended the day with 34 total fish. One walleye, two crappie, and the rest a mix of all three species of bass. About a dozen or so were caught on ned and the rest were all on jerkbaits. Had 7 or so keepers, nothing with any size. One of the crappie did weigh 2.5 lbs, so it was a good one. Best spots for us was main channel points and banks. Surprisingly, wind didn't really seem to matter. We caught 0 fish when we would move back into a cove or creek arm. Everything was on the main points. Some friends were down last Friday in the same area and fished Mill Creek arm and caught all of their fish doing just the opposite. They were in the very back of the creek arm. The also had a bunch of big fish. They ended with 40+ total fish and had around 20 over 3lbs. Had 3 over 5lbs. (The pics of the big fish are theirs, sadly not mine) We definitely could not find those fish , but, had a blast none the less. Caught fish all day.
  12. 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.
  13. Something came loose in the lower unit and ground up some gears. Its a 1985 and has never had any work done on it up to this point other than routine maintenance. I am the 3rd owner and know the previous two owners. Hopefully I can find a new lower unit and keep her running for a bit longer.
  14. Had a pretty good day with Neds around Baxter. Stayed within trolling motor range of the Baxter boat ramp due to some technical difficulties. Fished from 6 to around 2:30 and ended the day with right at 30 fish with 10 keepers. Had 2 on topwater and 2 on swimbaits and the rest were all victims of ned. Most fish were in 10-20 ft range with a handful in less than 5. Had a couple that were pushing 3 lbs but most were in the 13” to 16” range. Color of ned didnt seem to matter. Despite the boat malfunction it was a very good day on the water.
  15. Few days late on the report. Had a great time fishing the early mornings Tuesday through Thursday. Got out at around 5 each morning and then had the boys back in time for breakfast around 830 every day. The fishing surprised me and was a little better than I had expected. Had between 20-25 each day. Only one or two each day that would have hit the 15" mark but we weren't too concerned about that, just wanted to set the hook. Could not get bit hardly on top water at all for some reason. Ned did 90% of the damage for us. Tuesday the 3rd we fished main channel points in Indian Creek. Had 1 plopper fish and then 25 or so on Ned and Shakey Heads with speed craw. All of our fish were on chunk rock of bluffy banks in 15-20 ft of water. Wednesday and Thursday (4th & 5th) we fished Big Clifty. Fished the same bluff end both days and had 25 plus each day. These fish were a little deeper 25-30 ft. Again, most of the damage with Ned with a few on a shakey head. Each day managed to catch a couple of mean mouth as well. Most of these fish were spitting up shad as we got them to the boat. I tried several different grubs, Keitech's, and other small swimbaits and they would not touch them. Had a few nip at the tail. They wanted the Ned. Was a great few days. Caught some fish, saw some fireworks, and had a great time with the fam. I was a very gracious guide, each day I only boated 1-2 fish while everyone else had a hayday... lol
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