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  1. Bill Babler

    Shell Knob - 5/25-5/28

    Nice point Champ. What a lot of folks do not realize is that the big K's are still trying to spawn, especially in that Shell Knob area. A few years ago at one of the locations that 196 marked we caught K's trying to spawn on that long gravel runnout. When you released them you had to be mighty careful as they were nesting in 15 to 20 feet in that clear water. Our old lake biologist said the spawn on TR usually ends with the full moon in June so there is still some baby making going on. Good Luck
  2. You kind of know your day is starting out right when about the 3rd cast your client catches a double on top water small jaws. Both of those rascals were solid keeps and ate the 110 WP in Loon color like they meant it. Surface temp at Moonshine at the 5:45 AM start was 77 degree, with wind, fog and not a ripple, but a solid 5 inch chop. Probably the perfect morning to throw the top water and it was. Fishing long runnout points that dumped into deep water we caught surfacing fish and also fish that we just waked up. Also caught mid-pocket chasing fish in the deeper guts of the flat coves from pt. 5 to pt. 1. Top water deal worked this morning till durn near 10 AM that is 4 hrs. of top water action and you just flat cannot beat that. Kids took lots of pictures of lots of jaws. The ferocity of the attacks on the Pooper were amazing. In the years I have fished top water I have very seldom seen this kind of a strike, it was like a mini-car wreck when they slammed it. I've caught more top water fish in a morning, but never and I mean never have I seen the strikes that Pooper produced with that amount of speed on the strike and just the fish wanting to destroy the bait. I was a fantastic thing to witness We jumped a couple of big, big, big fish off, that hit right at the boat. Kevin also had a brown bass completely smash it from top down, as the fish jumped behind it and landed right on it. CRAZY ACTION. At about 10 the fog lifted and the wind died and we started to come to reality, but then No, it went crazy again catching them on any wind or surface chop on a 3.3 inch Keitech. I was just hunting wind at that point and ever location where it was the least bit windy, the jaws and LM would get all up on the swim bait. Only had 3 K's swimming deep, but man were those SM out there suspended. We were sitting off a main lake point and a guy trolling came by and stopped and watched the Kids catch 7 in about that many casts, all SM, and all suspended. I was living the guide dream.
  3. Bill Babler

    Shell Knob - 5/25-5/28

    Welcome Steve, Go out and throw the Whopper Plopper at Turn Around Island at the mouth of the Kings River and on any of the flats and long points in the same area and up the White River away. I'm going to guess you will have from 5:30 till about 7 each morning before your run over, flipped over or washed up on the beach. Make the best of it and try not to get mad as the wake boats drive between you and the shoreline It may not really be that bad Good Luck
  4. You kind of know your day is starting out right when about the 3rd cast your client catches a double on top water small jaws. Both of those rascals were solid keeps and ate the 110 WP in Loon color like they meant it. Surface temp at Moonshine at the 5:45 AM start was 77 degree, with wind, fog and not a ripple, but a solid 5 inch chop. Probably the perfect morning to throw the top water and it was. Fishing long runnout points that dumped into deep water we caught surfacing fish and also fish that we just waked up. Also caught mid-pocket chasing fish in the deeper guts of the flat coves from pt. 5 to pt. 1. Top water deal worked this morning till durn near 10 AM that is 4 hrs. of top water action and you just flat cannot beat that. Kids took lots of pictures of lots of jaws. The ferocity of the attacks on the Pooper were amazing. In the years I have fished top water I have very seldom seen this kind of a strike, it was like a mini-car wreck when they slammed it. I've caught more top water fish in a morning, but never and I mean never have I seen the strikes that Pooper produced with that amount of speed on the strike and just the fish wanting to destroy the bait. I was a fantastic thing to witness We jumped a couple of big, big, big fish off, that hit right at the boat. Kevin also had a brown bass completely smash it from top down, as the fish jumped behind it and landed right on it. CRAZY ACTION. At about 10 the fog lifted and the wind died and we started to come to reality, but then No, it went crazy again catching them on any wind or surface chop on a 3.3 inch Keitech. I was just hunting wind at that point and ever location where it was the least bit windy, the jaws and LM would get all up on the swim bait. Only had 3 K's swimming deep, but man were those SM out there suspended. We were sitting off a main lake point and a guy trolling came by and stopped and watched the Kids catch 7 in about that many casts, all SM, and all suspended. I was living the guide dream. This post has been promoted to an article
  5. Bill Babler

    5/19 Eagle Rock report

    Is it time to put the jerk bait away? No!!! I just pounded them last week in 80 degree water at the dam on windy banks. Jaws were hitting it at Full Throttle
  6. Bill Babler

    Mid lake resorts

    Indian Hills and Table Rock Chalets possibly the two nicest resorts outside of BC on the lake. Both in the Baxter midlake area one in Big and one in Little Indian Creeks. These are not fish camps, they are luxury Table Rock Lake resorts that the wife will be plenty happy with. Indian Hills has its own ramp huge pool and a big family or convention center and probably one of the nicest docks on the entire lake. TR Chalets has an excellent dock, salt water pool and extreme luxury amenities but no launch that I know of. There is a small fish camp resort next door that has a ramp however. One problem for each is KK camps are there and it can be somewhat of a traffic mess. You need to motor out to the main lake and its fine there. Big stretches of open water and perhaps the best topwater bite thru the summer on the lake. Good Luck
  7. Bill Babler

    Big M 5/21

    Nice K. If laying a fish on a carpet is the only thing I do wrong during the day, I have had a very successful day. Hate to hear the ocean liners are already out midweek up that a way. Good Luck
  8. Bill Babler

    5/19 Eagle Rock report

    5Bites. My wife saw your post and said you must have been the Jerk-bait😁 i stuck up for you but had to giggle
  9. Bill Babler

    May 5 Thru 12

    Hey Randy, welcome to the forum. Guys, Randy and his family have moved to the area and they are fishing fanatics like the rest of us. Please give him a big welcome to OAF Starting tomorrow I have several trips out of the Chateau area and will let ya know if I can find a keeper bite in the wild and uncut.
  10. Bill Babler

    May 5 Thru 12

    That was one fantastic report, glad You got all over them. There are still fish on the deep locations you just have to force yourself out there. Currently the best of the best is between Baxter and Shell Knob, they are off all those bluff's and vertical walls. From point 9 to Long Creek there is just to much trash in the water to swim the bait effectively to them. Most all these fish are suspended at 15' to 25' over depth. Right now the question is why mess with the deep ones unless you have it dialed in. Lots of fun fish on the Ned -rig and the guys are wacking them pretty hard on a tube and bigger k's on a C-rig fish Dr. fished in the 15 to 25 ft. range out past the moss or up the river where there is no moss. On wind also there is just a fantastic jerk bait bite up the White. Keep it moving where you would fish a small swimbait and you will get it almost jerked away from you. 99% SM on the jerker and they are getting a run at it. Another pattern that has been working from Baxter up the White is swimming a big 7" to 9" swimbait past cedar tops. Have been hearing of some really big fish coming like this. Yes you would think top water, but not so much, they have been hitting the swimmer's better and for cripes sakes still hitting the Alpha Rig pretty heavy. If your fishing from point 9 to Long Creek and have your unit set for clear water, turn on the filter or there is so much moss in the water right now it will almost black you out. On the golf deal at Buffalo Ridge, spoke with one of the head grounds keepers and he said do not even think about any reduced rates. They are going to rise with the reason being they do not want rounds. Less rounds the better. He told me the number they wanted for both complexes including Top of the Rock and I can't remember what it was but it was pretty low. Said they really cannot do it but if only BC guests played Buffalo Ridge and they had some corporate and charity events that would be more than enough. This is a labor of love for Johnny and he is hoping to one day get a PGA regular event here. I was told that those courses don't need to turn a single nickel of profit that is not what they were designed for. Again, fantastic report
  11. Bill Babler

    May 11 fishing report

    5-15-18 Follow up; With two units and a level of 706.5 fishing is just about as good as it gets. There is enough water movement and depth to get just about anywhere you want to fish. We are currently working a corporate retreat out of Lilleys' I believe this morning we had 6 guides each taking from 4 to 6 clients per boat. I fished the restricted zone from Andy's into the keep zone to just above Short creek dragging a tandem fly set with an egg and scud combo, using a 1/8 oz weight. We made 4 passes in 4 hrs. catching 12 fish per pass with the best a couple of chrome bright 15 inchers that jumped several times. The size 12 grey scud caught I'm guessing about 90% Surface temp was 48 degree and the smallmouth are still chasing shad especially from Fall Creek to Short Creek on the Channel side. We caught several trout that spit up shad, with some of the shad being 4 inches in length. You can also see single and very small groups of shad skimming right under the surface. Never a big school like TR but for sure enough to keep our fresh stocking of SM interested. And NO MDC did not stock any smallmouth, they stocked themselves with a 200 ft. plunge thru the flood gates the last couple of weeks. Chuck from Anglers said he was the only guide in the upper restricted zone this morning. Fishing the same tandem I was dragging he fished them on a fly rod on 10 foot of 6X under an indicator and said they had several trout up to 17" and a constant bite.
  12. Bill Babler

    Indian Point Area - Top Water

    That's what I thought too.
  13. Bill Babler

    Back from our trip to TR

    I'm really fortunate living where I live, I can be at Tucker in under 30 minutes at Diamond in 45 and at K dock in about 30 minutes. Bull fishes a little different than TR but you can figure it out pretty fast. One thing on Bull that you don't see as much is fish really like the small pockets and bluff cuts over there, much more than TR. For sure way less traffic and at times a better bite with more critters snapping at your baits. Also look at the long runnout points with buck brush on them. You can also fish the flats where they meet the channel and if there is a cove present either side of the flat as it relates to the cove channel dumping into the main White River channel. Bluffends can be a thing of beauty on Bull with both bass and walleye suspended off them. There are multiple in the Horseshoe bend area that hold bass year around and if your timing is good you will get a smile from a walleye suspended out there with the green fish. They just love them some jerk bait. Good Luck down there and you can always PM me for info on that end. Much below Diamond and I don't go down there a lot, only a couple of times a year.
  14. Bill Babler

    Holiday Island to Eagle Rock

    I've looked at these and seems the smaller one's are 10" long. That is a pretty big bait and from what I'm reading and seeing they were developed for pike and musky. Very interesting, thanks for posting the pic's
  15. Bill Babler

    Dam Area Report 5-11-18

    Could not get a bite on it Friday.
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