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  1. Not much C-P-R in bow fishin' is there. Guess they just have to kill something to feel good. JMO
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    old school walleyes

    Quick comment on the walleyes this year. Out last evening for 2 hrs. Tried a different area than last. Beaver continues to amaze me that in-coming rain/storms do not seem to have a positive effect on the fish activity. Raining, yes I've had good bites while it is raining. But the pre frontal effect seems nil. Anyway only one fish last night but it was a nice 20" eye. Just my small sample but I have already caught more walleyes than all last year and they all seem fat & healthy. No so last year as most were scrawny. Have a safe 4th all and read up on Nike's latest.
  3. Just a short report on a short outing. Got out last night from 6:30 to 8:30. Trolled cranks, looking for walleyes. I found a 100 yard stretch and caught 4 eyes, 2 just short & 2 keeps. also caught a 2#+ LM and a 3# catfish. I was happy with that for a 2 hour trip. Caught all fish in 15 to 20 fow. Tried several passes deeper with nothing. Trolled at 1-1.4 MPH. WT was 83.I only caught fish on passes against the breeze, none trolling with it. What was interesting to see, was in a 4 bait spread, all the fish were caught on a Lazy Ike. I'm an old yankee so I've used this lure my whole fishing life but never thought to use it here. I guess walleyes are walleyes. Going to try a classic floating Rapala next time out. Be well all.
  4. Hello! I too use power pro on my spinning reels. But, it is super limp and I've found something I like better for throwing topwater. Berkley makes a braid called Tracer. It is not as easy to find as some other lines but it's out there.It is sort of a camo finish with alternating black and lime colors. What I like about it the slightly more stiffness to it. I use 30# and can cast typical topwater, spooks & ploppers a mile. With a 15# mono leader, I never get hook tangles unless I make a sloppy cast. JMO
  5. Besides finding the fish, Don can be quite funny if in the mood. Dry humor had us in tears last time out.
  6. Quill, I bet that was fun on top. Since they no longer are stocking hybrids, nice to find one. I've not caught one for 2 years. Great fish but they really did pound on the crawfish base. Interesting to see how the balancing attempts play out. Not finding much striper action mid lake at all.
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    Quick trip 5/10

    Pretty raw morning with stiff breeze & high 40's temp. Went looking for crappies and had no luck shallow, deep, jigs or meat. Switched over to a spinnerbait and had a 3+ LM throw it right at the boat on her 3rd jump. Quiet 30 minutes so out came ned. 5 bass in 30 minutes anchored by another just shy of 3#'s. Not shallow. All bass came in about 10-12 fow on shelf rock drops or chunk banks. Had to leave, of course by then it was a beautiful day to ride in with. wt 63-65. Lots of boats pre fishing for Sat. JMO, saw a thread about ned with red head and shad/white Zinker. It has been working great with many catching it on the way down.
  8. Really small sample but the water moving into the brush has not seemed to entice the fish to follow. Wasted an hour with spinnerbait in brush. Not a look. Moved out to where they have been and they still are, it's just 2' deeper. 7:00 - 10:30, 4 keeper sized bass and 3 shorts. , 6 crappies, all 11-13". All on 3.3 Keith. Nothing in less than 10 fow. WT 61-63. Male crappies really black. Lots of floaters out there.
  9. Bill maybe a silly question but no one seems to use your deep water tactics on Beaver. They must work here. Bass are bass but nobody I know fishes deep until drop shotting starts. I've been out there for many FLW stops on Beaver and saw no one fishing in 35 fow. Same with the Bass Cat thing last week. There must be some pretty good sticks in their group and no one was facing out. Working on finding time to come and learn from you. Thank you for your great reports.
  10. I talked to Scott several times when we moved here in 14'. Taught me how to catch stripers and was very easy to chat fishin' with. I don"t know what went sideways but all his great posts ended. I heard he was working in Bella Vista. If they have some type of marina there, that's where he was. Too bad, he really was willing to share. His banter with Doc was entertaining as well as helpful. Very few post from Doc anymore. Hope they are well. I still read his old posts as they still hold true. Thanks Scott!
  11. 3 of us had a surprising walleye bite on Thursday. Just bank pounding for bass, I threw out deeper and lost a really nice eye at the boat. So we pulled out a little deeper and and wound up with 6 walleyes, 3 keepers that wound up as dinner, and 3 shorts just touching 17". Buddy caught a really nice 21". The eyes seemed to be in 12 to 15 fow. Very small sample but the walleyes seem much healthier than the last couple of years. All we caught were thick and really frisky. The bass were hard to find, very scattered. No smallies, they must be done with the spawn. Can't really tell if the LM are in, done, or what. WT 60-61. Lots of Bass Catters pre fishing. Tried to look for crappies on sunny Friday but most of my banks had 2-3 Bass Cats on them. Nice looking boats, I don't need to go 70mph anymore. Sadly no one told them about no wake zone around rt 12 bridge.
  12. Pretty dark complection so spf 15 was more than enough for my neck, ears and nose. Used to think "raccoon eyes" was just a sign of having a good day. Started taking meds for high blood pressure and all bets were off! Spf 30 now with the buff and long sleeves. Skin doc is watching at least 3 splotches on my grill. I still tan but its July before you'd know it. Daughter at 30 has been cut on 3x already. I agree Wrench, walking around off the water with buff, hat and sunglasses is a little much.
  13. Idled around the islands this morning with thick fog. Missed 2 brooder hits, just came unbuttoned during initial run. Decided to go find a crappie bay. Boom! Striper grabbed my RR in 6 fow. 28" striper came in after lengthy fight on U/L rod & 6# test. Love that Schimano drag. Continued down gravel bank and caught a couple shorts and a nice 3# (just shy) Smallie. Finally found some crappies and caught 6 pigs 13"-15". Gorgeous day. WT 53-56 in coves. Main lake 50-51. Let the fun begin.
  14. I wanted a true fishing boat but with full windshield and extra seating. Reata filled those needs plus higher freeboard safer on larger water. Zero complaints. Single wish would be a way to store rods better on shorter front deck. Not a huge problem.
  15. Speaking for the Rogers store, great guys. Helpful to athis old man carrying batteries. Pro Guide battery as starter with plenty of reserve, going strong on 4 years. Military discount too.
  16. Thumbs, you're so right about "too often". Since we moved here in 2014, I'm amazed by the number of drownings on Beaver. It's not that busy compared to many other waters. I'm thinking our blessing of being able to fish all year has something to do with it. If I recall, most of the incidents happen in the cold water season. You guys have convinced me that the inflatable stays on. I fish alone most of the time and I always ask the BIG GUY for a safe trip, not biting fish. Happy 1st Day of Spring!
  17. We live near the Hwy 12 ramp. Saturday, mid-day, there were several emergency vehicles converged in the parking lot. My wife just told me the local news reported a 56 year old man was found dead in the water with his boat floating nearby. Vehicle was still on the ramp with engine running. No more info reported. Sad. Let's all be careful and make it home from every trip.
  18. Just a heads-up. Academy has them on sale for $9.99. All sizes/types. Very good selection of colors.
  19. I know how you feel. lived in northern Illinois my whole life until I retired to Arkansas. Real winter lasts about 6 weeks here, and you can usually fish through it. We Do not miss "the land of Lincoln" at all.
  20. For ned rigs, I've been using 10# Nanofil braid and a 6' #6 fluro leader. For other spinning I use 15# power pro and an 8# fluro leader.
  21. Maybe it's me but I've had zero success with fluro on spinning reels. Braid with a fluro leader for me.
  22. Hey Lance, you go right ahead and keep putting out those reports. Without you there would not be many at all. Electrical woes have kept me on land for the winter, but next week I'll be working mid-lake looking for just a tiny bit of your success. Your reports are terrific, in depth and presentation. I thank you!
  23. Wrench, the scope of your knowledge continues to impress me. LOL
  24. I saw on some fishing show today a line of trailer locks that works with your car key. I thought it was a pretty good idea that I had not heard of. They are made by "Bolt" locks. Any of you looked into these? I'm a big fan of cutting down the number of keys to keep track of.
  25. Really good bucket pic showing white & black crappie. Will be trying to come close to your catches next week. Merry Christmas to you all!
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