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  1. yeah its getting bad. that is one of the reasons I am getting tired of that lake. that and the crappie are sooo stinking small. can catch a limit of eaters in no time, but gets old after a while of doing it every week for the last couple years. quality fish continue to get fewer and further between. we went to Stockton last weekend, and while the fishing was tougher, was a much better time. Bigger fish and not near the boat traffic. have no idea why pomme has become such a popular spot for boating, but it's too small and just ruins the experience imo.
  2. had a great morning saturday. 2 limits of crappie and headed home at 11:30. they were suspending in 15-20 fow 5-10 ft down. we were spider rigging and most of the fish weren't schooled tight. one here one there but we did get over a couple nice schools and have several rods go down at once. also caught 3 doubles on the day. probably landed 75+ fish lots of shorts (just barely) and never had one over 12". we were using minnows and water temp was 43 degrees and muddy. we were fishing a couple miles from the dam in a cove with no structure. about half and half black or white crappie, seemed like
  3. Gonna give it a go for a couple hours in the morning before a kid's bday party. sounds like i'm gonna need a little luck on my side....
  4. after 40+ fishing trips to pomme in a row catching my limit, I only caught 12 keepers last weekend. that isn't bragging either and it's not an exaggeration. pomme has had so many good spawns the last few years the crappie has been ridiculously easy to catch. i would say most people that fish every weekend have had the same success. my dad went in bolivar landing area and caught his limit. i was by the dam. he was fan casting in the river channel. said they wanted it moving or couldn't get nearly as many bites.
  5. We did catch some as shallow as 15 fow, but most were 30-40 fow. Caught some right off the bottom in the deep water all the way up to 15 ft down. Yes I feel like side imaging is the cat's meow. The later in the afternoon we started seeing fish come out of the brush and suspend above it presumably feeding. That was also when the bite was the best (go figure). Some of the schools we got over would have 40+ fish in them and only a few would bite mid day. Not sure if it was our presentation or they just weren't hungry. Any other questions, just ask. If anyone has any advice I'm all ears. Winter cr
  6. We had the lake to ourselves today. As I said in other posts I'm trying to learn this lake and it is tough. We fished from 11-5 and caught most in the last couple hours. Put in at mutton creek. Caught a lot of small ones but when you caught a keeper it was a nice one. Only had a couple under 11 inches. 9 fish is all that would fit in a Ziploc bag packed full. Much better than pomme where a lot of the time 15 fish fit in a bag. Ice in the rod eyes was a major problem today but the water temp was still 40 degrees and no ice at the ramp. Best bite seemed to be with some movem
  7. jwilson48

    Frozen?

    We went to mutton today and no ice at the ramp. Water temp still 40 degrees. only ice we saw was shallow backwater and the ice on our rod eyes! Good luck!
  8. We had the lake to ourselves today. As I said in other posts I'm trying to learn this lake and it is tough. We fished from 11-5 and caught most in the last couple hours. Put in at mutton creek. Caught a lot of small ones but when you caught a keeper it was a nice one. Only had a couple under 11 inches. 9 fish is all that would fit in a Ziploc bag packed full. Much better than pomme where a lot of the time 15 fish fit in a bag. Ice in the rod eyes was a major problem today but the water temp was still 40 degrees and no ice at the ramp. Best bite seemed to be with some movem
  9. what ramps are open right now due to the low water? I know Ruark and Cedar ridge, but I am just starting to learn this lake. I've grown up on Pomme and Truman and Stockton is a different beast for sure. Lot less timber, deeper water, a lot more wind, and crappie fishing seems harder to get figured out. On Pomme (the lake I fish most) there may only be a couple days out of the year I go and don't catch my limit. I fished Stockton a few times over the summer between tournaments and had 3 or 4 awesome trips then like a light switch flipped the fish were just gone! Now that tournament season is do
  10. weekend before last we caught two limits in 2 or 3 hours fishing timber with minnows. 16 ft down in 16-26 fow. last weekend they just weren't there. only had 8 in the boat from 8 am to 2 pm. hit two brush piles one in 25 fow the other in 15 fow. finished up our limits there in short order. fished with jigs. size is still a problem for sure. a lot more dinks than keepers only had one over a lb each day.
  11. good luck bassfisher! let us know how it goes. deer hunting has had me too busy to fish even though i just got my new boat. had a big buck at 10 yards bust me last weekend coming to full draw. need to get some venison in the freezer and get back on the fall crappie before they get on their winter patterns.
  12. It has slowed considerably for us. We fished the crappie slayers tournament last saturday and only ended up with 21 keepers. the tournament before we had easily caught 4-5 limits in the same amount of time. Size has been good though. Our best 7 saturday was 7.42 lbs and the month before 7.27. With that said, the big ones aren't everywhere, we've only found them in a few spots from one side of the lake to the other. The best bite has been 15-20 fow 10-13 ft down in timber and brush. can't give up my spots though lol
  13. lol been waiting for this so I can print it and put it up on the wall at the shop for Kenny to stare at every day how are the yearly point standings? want to know if dad and kenny are still ahead of us or not.
  14. Glad to hear it's looking up for someone. We have went the last couple weeks and it's been more of the same. Boat full of dinks, 10-12 keepers, and only 1 nice one. We've fished every part of the lake we caught big ones last year and they just aren't there. We've fished a lot of new areas and they just aren't there lol. To say we are lost is an understatement. Where we were catching big ones this spring I really thought they should be close by but they just aren't there. The bluegill fishing has been good in brush though. Sad to say a couple weeks ago we brought home more bluegill than
  15. There are lots of logs there if you're talking about negro bend. Both sides of the channel have standing timber so it's best to stay closer to the shallow point. Sorry about the boat I'd cry!
  16. the gills were on minnows and jigs with 1/0 hooks lol. We were crappie fishing they just wouldn't leave us alone. Brush piles 10-13 ft deep were the best for gills
  17. We fished yesterday more of the same on crappie bit a few less dinks and a few more keepers. Still no size though. The bluegill fishing was on fire though. Couldn't make em leave us alone. Most were pretty decent eating size but we weren't keeping anything. Good luck to anyone hitting the water this morning.
  18. anyone fishing pomme? Crappie, bass, catfish anything? I haven't looked at it since the crappie slayers tournament last month. Stockton has been good to me though. Gonna hit Pomme again Friday and Saturday this week. Wish me luck.
  19. The little ones are overwhelming right now. We basically just gave up fishing our go to spots because we couldn't find keepers for the tourney, and lucked into a few in areas we don't have much experience. We had 9 keepers Saturday, half of which came off one spot. I don't remember it ever being as bad as it is right now struggling to catch 9" fish, yet catching 200 fish a day. On the plus side you could take a kid out and have a blast with them.
  20. only sapps landing i know of is on truman. is there one on pomme also?
  21. i certainly can't help. we went today and caught around 40 crappie. only 1 keeper and it wasn't anything to write home about. all the flooded stuff looks like fish should just be stacked in it but we can't get them to bite. we were catching the little dudes in 25-35 fow 10-15 ft down
  22. awesome fishing when 3 generations get in the boat together can't beat it
  23. This is a great little tournament and Brad is right. It's as much of a friends and family tournament then any I've been to. The trailering rule has been in place many years and none of us have ever had a problem. You will never make everyone happy with every rule and that is why Brad always asks everyone for their input and then we vote as a group. There is always a way to cheat if someone wants to. I don't think that is the case with this bunch, and it is a very small lake. We see each other throughout the day. I hope you come check it out it's a lot of fun, inexpensive, and frien
  24. crappie nibbles! made by berkley and the only thing you ever need. i've tried a bunch of the sprays and they are okay, but the nibbles are easier, less messy, and you always know when it's time to reapply. you will want to dry them a little before you use them to make them stay better. i prefer to dry them some before i go fishing, but lots of guys just dump some on the lid and let them dry in the sun (works better in the summer). also crappie bites by magic bait are great attractants, but not as easy to deal with. you will need to dry them much longer than nibbles (at least overnight, usually
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