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    Quillback reacted to Phil Lilley for a article, Lake Taneycomo fishing report, February 25   
    It's been a couple of weeks since my last report.  At the beginning of last week, water and fishing conditions had not changed at all, so there was no need to update it.  But a big change happened midweek -- the dam operators decided to shut the spill gates off plus a turbine. That left only two units, or about 6,800 cubic feet of water, running from Table Rock Dam.  This is has been the flow ever since.
    About the same time, operators shut down Beaver Dam's gates and started regulating the flow from Beaver.  Its level is still 8.5 feet over the seasonal power pool, but that's where they've held it for a month now. 
    Table Rock's lake level sits at 915.7 feet, just a tad over its season pool, which is 915 feet.
    Bull Shoals Lake, on the other hand, is dropping a whopping six-inches-plus per day.  Its level right this minute is 666.45 feet, 7.45 feet over its seasonal power pool.  More than 24,000 cubic feet per second of water is being released through turbines and gates there.  My guess is that officials aim to release as much water as possible now because very soon the lower White and Mississippi Rivers will be inundated by recent flood waters in the state of Mississippi.
    Yesterday's rain dumped a couple of inches in an area north of Joplin, while most of the White River basin received less than a half inch.  This amount will not affect any lake levels here, and the forecast is for very little rain in the next seven days.  This will allow our lakes to be drawn down even more to make room for spring rains, which are just around the calendar!
    What all this means for our lake -- Lake Taneycomo -- is that we should see slow flows and even a chance of zero generation at times during the day or night.  But that remains to be seen.

    Lake Taneycomo’s trout fishery is in great shape after more than 12 months of constant generation.  Our rainbows and browns are very healthy, sporting fantastic growth rates because of an abundance of food available.  Our freshwater shrimp, sculpins, creek chubs and other minnows thrive in current much better than they do in still water.  Now that we’re seeing less generation, our midge hatches should increase.  We’re already starting to see that happen.
    We held our fourth trout tournament of the year Saturday, the Vince Elfrink Memorial.  Like a lot of our contests, we host some really good trout anglers, some who have fished Lake Taneycomo for over 40 years.  Surprisingly, the overall weights were lower than the last tournament, but most contestants said they caught big numbers of small rainbows. 

    I had reported last week that thousands of rainbow trout were stocked from the Neosho Federal Hatchery, which typically are smaller than our state-raised fish.  These Neosho rainbows seem to be very aggressive, and if that’s the case, they will beat the bigger rainbows to the bait or lure.  That’s my theory.  We do have to “thin through” small ones to get to the big ones right now.
    With the slower current, we are changing a few of our spools from four-to two-pound line, not because the water is getting clear (it’s not a sight thing), but because we’re wanting to throw smaller lures.
    When there’s less generation, slow currents, there’s less churning and swirling, especially from Trout Hollow to the dam.  The current is gentle, allowing a smaller lure to drop without having to fight its way down. 
    When you’re throwing a jig from a boat drifting down a bank, you want that jig to drop pretty fast because the boat will move you out of that strike zone pretty quickly.  So we use a heavier jig to drop through all the currents in the water column.  If you’re throwing a light, 1/32nd-ounce jig in that situation, the jig really won’t sink and, at times, would be lifted up by the swirling currents.
    Now that we’re seeing slow, gentle currents, a small 1/32nd-ounce jig will fall nicely, and can be worked in deep water, if that’s where the fish are.  And, of course, we’d rather use two-pound line when throwing small jigs simply because we can cast them further!
    Here’s One Cast from Sunday, February 23rd where Duane and I are fishing six to eight feet of water using small jigs.  Duane is using a 1/16th-ounce, and I am using a 1/32nd-ounce jig.  Although I’m fishing four- to five-feet down, and Duane is fishing closer to the bottom in eight-feet of water, we’re both finding plenty of bites.
      With the current slower, you’re going to change your 1/4th-ounce weights for a smaller 1/8th-ounce, in most cases.   That’s if you’re drifting bait or flies or lures on the bottom.  If you’re fishing down by Monkey Island or lower in the lake, you might have to go even lighter.  Just keep trying different weights to find the right one.  You want to get to the bottom, but you don’t want to drag to the point of losing a lot of hooks.  You want enough to just tick the bottom. Minnows and night crawlers are going to catch bigger trout below Fall Creek, if you’re using live bait.  The Berkley Pink Worm will catch almost anything.  If you’re drifting it, hook it wacky style.  The water is slow enough to fish it under a float six- to eight- feet deep, too.
    If you’re throwing jigs, throw the size your tackle allows.  In other words, if you have two-pound line, you’re going to be able to throw small 1/32nd-ounce jigs along with bigger jigs but if you’re using four-pound line, you’ll have to stay with 1/16th-ounce and bigger. 
    I had several fishermen tell me they did best on white jigs over the weekend while others said the Tri-Sculpin Olive, Dark did the best for them.  With the sun coming out more often, I’d try black and black combos.
    Our trout have moved off the banks with the water slowing down.  You’ll find them mid-lake now; before  the water was down, you’d find them closer to the banks in eddies.
    Drifting scuds and San Juan worms on the bottom should be good, too, although after some time we might be using smaller versions of these flies.  With the higher water, we were using #12 scuds and big, poufy worms. Now as trout will get a better look at these flies as we drift them a little slower, we’ll drop to #14 or #16 scuds and a medium or micro San Juan worm.  Colors:  Gray and olive for the scuds, and cerise, pink, brown and red on the worms.
    Regardless of what you want to try, our fishing forecast looks incredibly rosy heading into March and we’re all excited!!  Come see us if you can!
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    Quillback got a reaction from Ham for a article, February 16, Big M area   
    My first time out since January 31, either because of bad weather or stuff going on in life, I haven't had an opportunity to get out until today.
    Nice morning, little to no breeze, temps started out at around 32 and gradually warmed up to the mid 50's.  Water temp was 44-46 with a bit of a stain.
    Launched about 0700 and started fishing a long rocky underwater ledge working a 110 +1.  Fished it for 30 minutes or so, caught a couple of 14" spots on the +1, but as I was fishing I was watching the depth finder and seeing a bass on the bottom here and there.  Just wasn't catching them fast enough on the JB, so fell back on the Ned rig.  
    First cast on the Ned, I caught a keeper spot.  Thought I was on to some hot fishing with it, but it wasn't hot, however there were bites to be had.  Worked the rock ledges, points and chunk banks, in the 20-30 foot range, and caught another 13 bass on the Ned, with 8 of them being keepers.  A couple of them were really solid spots.
    Used a black Nutech crappie jig for my Ned rig, I have been using a chartreuse head last month and felt it gave me a better chance at catching smallies.  And I did not catch a smallie today on the black head, did catch a mean mouth, but maybe there is something to smallies liking that chartreuse head.  Guess I will have to continue with my 'research'.
    Lots of people fishing today, 8 rigs in the Big M lot when I left and lots of boats running up and down the channel.  

     

     

     
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    Quillback got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr for a article, Big M area, May 28   
    Got to the launch at the crack of dawn, couple of other guys came in after me and as I cruised past Emerald Beach, couple of boats were launching there - lots of guys getting out there early.
    Early is was flat calm, quite a bit of scattered top water activity on shad schools.  Seemed to be more shad schools than bass feeding on them and the bass were scattered, some on the bank and some mid channel with some in between those 2 places.  I couldn't get much of a top water bite going, got a few, and a few on c-rigged UV Speed Craws.  Later in the morning I caught a few on a 3.8 Keitech, a couple came off a dock end that was over 60 FOW and a couple off steep rocky points, never could find any schools of bass for the Keitech, just some scattered fish.  Caught a smalls on a crank bait and had a few bites on jigs but never boated any.  
    Wind really got going so I called it a day around 1130.
    15 bass total and a few other species.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    Quillback got a reaction from liphunter for a article, Indian Creek area, May 13   
    Got to the launch early, foggier than heck when I got there.  Didn't have much choice but to idle over to a nearby point and start fishing, started out swimming a Keitech with the idea of catching smallmouth, but wasn't out to long before I started seeing a blow up to out in the deep water.  There wasn't a lot of top water striper activity, but it got to be enough that I couldn't take it any longer and had to give them a shot.
    Had one blow up about 100 yards away, stood on the TM, got within casting distance, tossed the walking bait at the spot where the blow up occurred, gave it a twitch and man I tell you a stinking HUGE striper blew up on it, but missed, started walking the dog and it was like a pack of hungry piranhas were after that thing, had three quick explosions and misses and BOOM finally got one to grab it.  Went through the usual  tug of war and boated one that was in the 13-15. lb range.  Wrecked the front treble on my lure, so tied on another one, and when I tied it on I noticed my hands were shaking.  Many years of fishing but I guess I can still get excited at times.
    Anyway, caught another one that was in the low teen range and a couple of 3 pounders to boot, all on the top water.  Also caught an 18" smallie that was near to the bank.  That dude grabbed about 4 feet of air a couple of times which was pretty neat to see.
    For burned off, stripers went to parts unknown so I did some bass fishing, caught 10 bass, mostly smallies with a couple of spotted bass.  3 of the smallies were keeper sized.  Had the best bite on the c-rig with a UV Speed craw as bait.  Had quite a few bites, but they were just not eating it right - I think they have spawned, and are guarding nests or fry and are just messing with the baits.
    Surface WT 66, water has a bit of a stain to it.

     

     

     
     
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    Quillback got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr for a article, Indian Creek area, May 13   
    Got to the launch early, foggier than heck when I got there.  Didn't have much choice but to idle over to a nearby point and start fishing, started out swimming a Keitech with the idea of catching smallmouth, but wasn't out to long before I started seeing a blow up to out in the deep water.  There wasn't a lot of top water striper activity, but it got to be enough that I couldn't take it any longer and had to give them a shot.
    Had one blow up about 100 yards away, stood on the TM, got within casting distance, tossed the walking bait at the spot where the blow up occurred, gave it a twitch and man I tell you a stinking HUGE striper blew up on it, but missed, started walking the dog and it was like a pack of hungry piranhas were after that thing, had three quick explosions and misses and BOOM finally got one to grab it.  Went through the usual  tug of war and boated one that was in the 13-15. lb range.  Wrecked the front treble on my lure, so tied on another one, and when I tied it on I noticed my hands were shaking.  Many years of fishing but I guess I can still get excited at times.
    Anyway, caught another one that was in the low teen range and a couple of 3 pounders to boot, all on the top water.  Also caught an 18" smallie that was near to the bank.  That dude grabbed about 4 feet of air a couple of times which was pretty neat to see.
    For burned off, stripers went to parts unknown so I did some bass fishing, caught 10 bass, mostly smallies with a couple of spotted bass.  3 of the smallies were keeper sized.  Had the best bite on the c-rig with a UV Speed craw as bait.  Had quite a few bites, but they were just not eating it right - I think they have spawned, and are guarding nests or fry and are just messing with the baits.
    Surface WT 66, water has a bit of a stain to it.

     

     

     
     
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    Quillback got a reaction from bfishn for a article, Indian Creek area, May 13   
    Got to the launch early, foggier than heck when I got there.  Didn't have much choice but to idle over to a nearby point and start fishing, started out swimming a Keitech with the idea of catching smallmouth, but wasn't out to long before I started seeing a blow up to out in the deep water.  There wasn't a lot of top water striper activity, but it got to be enough that I couldn't take it any longer and had to give them a shot.
    Had one blow up about 100 yards away, stood on the TM, got within casting distance, tossed the walking bait at the spot where the blow up occurred, gave it a twitch and man I tell you a stinking HUGE striper blew up on it, but missed, started walking the dog and it was like a pack of hungry piranhas were after that thing, had three quick explosions and misses and BOOM finally got one to grab it.  Went through the usual  tug of war and boated one that was in the 13-15. lb range.  Wrecked the front treble on my lure, so tied on another one, and when I tied it on I noticed my hands were shaking.  Many years of fishing but I guess I can still get excited at times.
    Anyway, caught another one that was in the low teen range and a couple of 3 pounders to boot, all on the top water.  Also caught an 18" smallie that was near to the bank.  That dude grabbed about 4 feet of air a couple of times which was pretty neat to see.
    For burned off, stripers went to parts unknown so I did some bass fishing, caught 10 bass, mostly smallies with a couple of spotted bass.  3 of the smallies were keeper sized.  Had the best bite on the c-rig with a UV Speed craw as bait.  Had quite a few bites, but they were just not eating it right - I think they have spawned, and are guarding nests or fry and are just messing with the baits.
    Surface WT 66, water has a bit of a stain to it.

     

     

     
     
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    Quillback got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 for a article, April17, Big M area   
    Got out early, flat calm, threw a top water and had some decent fishing for the first couple of hours walking the dog.  Caught a couple dozen on the top water with a few keepers mixed in.  The fish were on main channel banks and in the coves, the best bite was over 5 - 10 FOW.  Wind kicked up about 10 AM and the top water bite pretty much stopped when that happened.
    Could not get much going on the Keitech or the shaky head.  For the most part the fish looked to be gone from the main lake points that they were on just a couple of days ago.  
    Threw a crank on some windy banks, no touches on it.
    Wind really started blowing, bite was slow, so I left at 1230.
    First two casts caught these two fish:

     

     
    Only Keitech keeper:

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    Quillback got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 for a article, April15, Big M area   
    Fishing was a little different today, caught 30 spots, not one largemouth or smallmouth.   Most came on a 3.3 Keitech on a 1/4 oz head, caught a couple on the swing jig/Menace and one on top water.  Fish were on main lake points and windy banks, usually in 5 -20 FOW.  
    Caught 3 walleye, one was a keeper, a couple of crappie and even a rainbow trout, but no dang largemouth or smallmouth.  
    WT 56, but I don't remember looking at it after 10 AM or so, I bet it warmed up later in the day.

     

     

     

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    Quillback got a reaction from STLbassbuster for a article, April 5, Indian Creek area   
    Launched at dawn, well I think it was dawn, it was very foggy.  Idled over to a nearby cove and caught 3 bass in rapid succession on the 3.3 Keitech, I thought I was going to really knock them dead, but those three fish turned out to be the biggest ones I would catch all morning, couple of keeper size smallies and a fat spot.  
    Picked up another dozen or so during the remainder of the morning, mostly spots, a couple of smallmouth and all were in the 12-14" range and all on the keitech.  Fish were on points, in anywhere from 5 to 15 FOW.  
    Water is pretty clear in the dam basin area, somewhat stained up Indian Creek.  
    Started off with 50 degree surface temp and when I left it had climbed to 54.

     

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    Quillback got a reaction from jayB for a article, 2 days out of Big M   
    Fished with Liphunter (Mike) Tuesday morning, we started at daylight and fished until 1 PM.  Real foggy to start with which limited where we went at first.  We tossed Neds for most of the time, found enough fish to stay busy, just couldn't get much quality.  We caught around 30 total, mostly spots, one or two largemouth and a nice keeper sized brown fish.  Almost all on the Ned, did catch a few on the Kietech and Mike had one to the boat that got off of a Rock Crawler.  Fish were located in the main channel off steep banks and points.

     
    Today I was solo, got out again at 7 AM and fished until 1 PM.  No fog so I was able to motor to a timbered point that I knew was holding early morning fish.  Got there to flat water and a few fish on top chasing shad.  Threw a jerker at them, they didn't really seem to want it, but did catch a couple, one being a smallmouth that seemed to have challenges getting the bait in it's mouth.

     
    Switched over to the Keitech, slow rolled it, sometimes casting to the bank, and sometimes working the deeper water in front of the boat.  Caught fish shallow and deep on it, several keepers.  
    Read some reports on here of people catching fish with clipped tails, never noticed any like that myself, but I'll be darned if I didn't catch a nice spot that appears to have the top of its tail clipped.
    There's a Keitech in this fishes mouth, you can just barely see the jig head.

    Pretty sure this is a mean, fish was a little darker than the photo shows.

     
    Couple more:


    I did catch a couple on the Ned, but today was mostly about the Keitech.
    Water temps from 49-52.
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    Quillback got a reaction from David Goddard for a article, 2 days out of Big M   
    Fished with Liphunter (Mike) Tuesday morning, we started at daylight and fished until 1 PM.  Real foggy to start with which limited where we went at first.  We tossed Neds for most of the time, found enough fish to stay busy, just couldn't get much quality.  We caught around 30 total, mostly spots, one or two largemouth and a nice keeper sized brown fish.  Almost all on the Ned, did catch a few on the Kietech and Mike had one to the boat that got off of a Rock Crawler.  Fish were located in the main channel off steep banks and points.

     
    Today I was solo, got out again at 7 AM and fished until 1 PM.  No fog so I was able to motor to a timbered point that I knew was holding early morning fish.  Got there to flat water and a few fish on top chasing shad.  Threw a jerker at them, they didn't really seem to want it, but did catch a couple, one being a smallmouth that seemed to have challenges getting the bait in it's mouth.

     
    Switched over to the Keitech, slow rolled it, sometimes casting to the bank, and sometimes working the deeper water in front of the boat.  Caught fish shallow and deep on it, several keepers.  
    Read some reports on here of people catching fish with clipped tails, never noticed any like that myself, but I'll be darned if I didn't catch a nice spot that appears to have the top of its tail clipped.
    There's a Keitech in this fishes mouth, you can just barely see the jig head.

    Pretty sure this is a mean, fish was a little darker than the photo shows.

     
    Couple more:


    I did catch a couple on the Ned, but today was mostly about the Keitech.
    Water temps from 49-52.
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    Quillback got a reaction from STLbassbuster for a article, 2 days out of Big M   
    Fished with Liphunter (Mike) Tuesday morning, we started at daylight and fished until 1 PM.  Real foggy to start with which limited where we went at first.  We tossed Neds for most of the time, found enough fish to stay busy, just couldn't get much quality.  We caught around 30 total, mostly spots, one or two largemouth and a nice keeper sized brown fish.  Almost all on the Ned, did catch a few on the Kietech and Mike had one to the boat that got off of a Rock Crawler.  Fish were located in the main channel off steep banks and points.

     
    Today I was solo, got out again at 7 AM and fished until 1 PM.  No fog so I was able to motor to a timbered point that I knew was holding early morning fish.  Got there to flat water and a few fish on top chasing shad.  Threw a jerker at them, they didn't really seem to want it, but did catch a couple, one being a smallmouth that seemed to have challenges getting the bait in it's mouth.

     
    Switched over to the Keitech, slow rolled it, sometimes casting to the bank, and sometimes working the deeper water in front of the boat.  Caught fish shallow and deep on it, several keepers.  
    Read some reports on here of people catching fish with clipped tails, never noticed any like that myself, but I'll be darned if I didn't catch a nice spot that appears to have the top of its tail clipped.
    There's a Keitech in this fishes mouth, you can just barely see the jig head.

    Pretty sure this is a mean, fish was a little darker than the photo shows.

     
    Couple more:


    I did catch a couple on the Ned, but today was mostly about the Keitech.
    Water temps from 49-52.
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    Quillback got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 for a article, 2 days out of Big M   
    Fished with Liphunter (Mike) Tuesday morning, we started at daylight and fished until 1 PM.  Real foggy to start with which limited where we went at first.  We tossed Neds for most of the time, found enough fish to stay busy, just couldn't get much quality.  We caught around 30 total, mostly spots, one or two largemouth and a nice keeper sized brown fish.  Almost all on the Ned, did catch a few on the Kietech and Mike had one to the boat that got off of a Rock Crawler.  Fish were located in the main channel off steep banks and points.

     
    Today I was solo, got out again at 7 AM and fished until 1 PM.  No fog so I was able to motor to a timbered point that I knew was holding early morning fish.  Got there to flat water and a few fish on top chasing shad.  Threw a jerker at them, they didn't really seem to want it, but did catch a couple, one being a smallmouth that seemed to have challenges getting the bait in it's mouth.

     
    Switched over to the Keitech, slow rolled it, sometimes casting to the bank, and sometimes working the deeper water in front of the boat.  Caught fish shallow and deep on it, several keepers.  
    Read some reports on here of people catching fish with clipped tails, never noticed any like that myself, but I'll be darned if I didn't catch a nice spot that appears to have the top of its tail clipped.
    There's a Keitech in this fishes mouth, you can just barely see the jig head.

    Pretty sure this is a mean, fish was a little darker than the photo shows.

     
    Couple more:


    I did catch a couple on the Ned, but today was mostly about the Keitech.
    Water temps from 49-52.
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    Quillback got a reaction from STLbassbuster for a article, March 11, Big M area   
    Fished from first light until 2:30 PM.  Sun came out in the afternoon, flat calm and it even got a little warm.

     
    Ned bite was pretty good, boated 25, mostly spots, with a few largemouth and smallmouth mixed in.  Got them all on the Ned, except for one on a Keitech 2.8.  
    Some fish were on long rocky runouts, some were just inside coves around trees.  Still getting them deep, anywhere from 12-25 FOW.
    Surface temp inched up a degree or so since the last time I was on TR, a little over 43.
    Had a couple of guys about a hundred yards from me at one spot working A-rigs, they were catching bass.
    The 3 amigos:

     

     

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    Quillback got a reaction from David Goddard for a article, Big M area, Feb. 5   
    So I'm rolling down AR HWY 94 doing around 55 when a skunk bolts out of the grass and runs right in front of the truck, no time to react, Pepe fortunately moved fast enough that he went under the truck at about the center line.  Thought for sure either the trailer tires or the trailer cross bars would get him, but it was his (and my) lucky day as I felt no thumps from back there and no stink on the trailer when I got to the ramp.
    Fishing was great today if you like numbers, I caught 30 bass, exactly 30 as I quit when I caught the 30th.  Only 5 keepers however.  I think I got 6 on the 78 Pointer and the others came on the Ned rig.  The bass look to be feeding on craws, had several with craw antennae sticking out of their throats.  Fish were scattered, some spots better than others.  Caught a few as deep as 20 feet, and the rest were in the 5 - 15 foot range.  A couple on gravel, but rock runouts and ledge rock were the best.
    Only saw 2 other boats, and one of those came out the same time I did - he said he caught 10 bass, but one of them went 4 lbs.  didn't ask what he was using.  
    WT 44-46

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    Quillback got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 for a article, February 1 - Big M area   
    Put the boat in the water about 7:15 AM and fished until 2:30.  Is was a cloudy, misty morning with little wind.
    Started off on a long rocky ledge and stayed there for a good chunk of the morning, with the flat water there was a bit of top water activity, bass were coming up and swirling on shad.  I caught several on a Pointer 78 and picked up a couple of good crappie also on the Pointer.  Once the Pointer bite got slow, I switched out to the Ned and picked up some more bass, slow dragging on the bottom.
    Once the bite died down on the ledge I bounced around fishing some points and steep banks.  The fish got squirrelly, I bet I had another 8 bites and every one of those fish got off.
    Only other boat I saw today was Tom from Eagle Rock, he was catching some too.
    I caught 13 bass, good keeper ratio today, 6 or 7 were keepers.
    WT 42-43

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    Quillback got a reaction from *T* for a article, February 1 - Big M area   
    Put the boat in the water about 7:15 AM and fished until 2:30.  Is was a cloudy, misty morning with little wind.
    Started off on a long rocky ledge and stayed there for a good chunk of the morning, with the flat water there was a bit of top water activity, bass were coming up and swirling on shad.  I caught several on a Pointer 78 and picked up a couple of good crappie also on the Pointer.  Once the Pointer bite got slow, I switched out to the Ned and picked up some more bass, slow dragging on the bottom.
    Once the bite died down on the ledge I bounced around fishing some points and steep banks.  The fish got squirrelly, I bet I had another 8 bites and every one of those fish got off.
    Only other boat I saw today was Tom from Eagle Rock, he was catching some too.
    I caught 13 bass, good keeper ratio today, 6 or 7 were keepers.
    WT 42-43

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    Quillback got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 for a article, Indian Creek, 12/16   
    Got to the launch a little late this morning, wish I had gotten there at daylight.  I say that because when I got to the launch there was striper activity on top, right out on front of the launch.  I only lasted for an hour or so, fish were a little finicky as to what they wanted, but I did manage to get one in the boat that I estimate was about 8 lbs.  Caught it on a tail spinner.
    After the striper activity stopped, I went up Indian creek and threw the Ned around.  Caught 8 bass, 12-15" fish, mostly spots.  Fish were for the most part in 10-15 FOW.  Scattered, never found a bunch of them in one place.  Caught a walleye that was just a shade over 18", it joined the striper in the live well.   
    WT 48.

     
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    Quillback got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 for a article, Big M area 11/29   
    This sign, at the entrance to the launch, cracks me up.  

     
    The spotted bass bite on the Ned rig was decent, I caught 15 on it, only one largemouth and one very sickly looking smallmouth came on the Ned.  Still finding them on steep banks out in 10-25 FOW.  I caught another couple of spots on a Nutech spoon, casting it out in the deep water and letting it drop, then working it back, giving it a twitch or two as it dropped.  Never saw a whole lot of fish on the graph deep, but did see a few.
    I think the word on Bo's deep water success is getting out, saw several boats out graphing the depths.
    WT 51-52.

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    Quillback got a reaction from Johnsfolly for a article, Big M area, 11/4   
    Launched about 7 AM today, cloudy, cold and windy which it would remain all day.  Air temp was 47 when I launched, and 49 when I pulled out at 1:30 PM.  
    My expectation was that there might be a good crank bait bite with the wind and clouds - I caught a few early on a Rapala DT 6, mostly small fish, but one LM that was around the keeper mark.  Had a decent fish that grabbed the DT right at the boat, got a glance at it's back, looked to be a smallie that might have gone 3 lbs, had it on for about 3 seconds and it pulled off.  Not much you can do to keep them on when they whack it right at the boat.  
    DT bite just flat stopped, so I switched to a Menace Grub on a 3/8 oz swing head.  Boated a couple of keeper sized smallies on the grub, had a couple others that I never saw but pulled like decent fish.  Had one largemouth that was around that keeper mark on the grub too.  The smallies were on shallow gravel that had the wind blowing parallel to the bank, and it was no gentle breeze, that wind was blowing hard where they were.
    Not a great day as far as numbers, boated 9 bass, 3 keepers, but it was enough to make it a fun day to be out.  
    WT 60-61.
     

     

     
     
     
     
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    Quillback got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 for a article, April 16, Indian Creek   
    Finally got a break from the wind and cold, launched about 10 AM with the plan to fish points and banks that were in the sun.  Slow rolled 2.8 Keitechs, caught 20 bass, maybe half of them keepers, and about half of them smallies.  Biggest fish was a 3.5 largemouth.  Fish were a bit deep, 10-20 FOW for the most part and some seem to be moving into the pockets and coves, starting to get near those spawning banks.
    Ran into my buddy Jeb out there, he had a visitor down from Minnesota, and they were getting bit too.  
    WT 53 when I left, water in Indian is a stained green, clear water in the dam basin where you can see bottom in 15 FOW.
     





     
     
     
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    Quillback got a reaction from David Goddard for a article, March 22, back to Indian Creek   
    It was warm enough for my delicate constitution to get out early for a dawn start.  Very little wind, which at first I thought was good for my Ned fishing, but things were tough the first couple of hours on the glass like water.

    Poked around on some of my smallmouth spots and only picked up a couple of short fish.  Went back in a cove that had held some spotted bass the day before and didn't get much action there either. 
    Things were looking grim.
    I decided to try some main channel wooded banks that hadn't been producing much previously, also there was some wind starting to blow on the main channel and I thought that might help.  Really wasn't expecting much, but I found some.  More green fish than brown, but they were good fish on average.  Caught 4 keeper sized largemouth, half a dozen tank spots that were in the 15-16" range, a couple of smallies, and one walleye.  Had a pretty good window of biting fish for about 3 hours, then the wind really started blowing, it was 2 PM, so I packed it in.
    17 total bass, 10 of them were at or bigger than 15".
    PB&J Ned again did the damage.  I threw cranks for a while, but nothing touched them.
    WT 49-51.
    Turkeys were gobbling again, one of them was getting obnoxious, I mean non-stop gobbling from that bird all morning.  Hopefully somebody nails that one this spring.

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    Quillback got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 for a article, March 22, back to Indian Creek   
    It was warm enough for my delicate constitution to get out early for a dawn start.  Very little wind, which at first I thought was good for my Ned fishing, but things were tough the first couple of hours on the glass like water.

    Poked around on some of my smallmouth spots and only picked up a couple of short fish.  Went back in a cove that had held some spotted bass the day before and didn't get much action there either. 
    Things were looking grim.
    I decided to try some main channel wooded banks that hadn't been producing much previously, also there was some wind starting to blow on the main channel and I thought that might help.  Really wasn't expecting much, but I found some.  More green fish than brown, but they were good fish on average.  Caught 4 keeper sized largemouth, half a dozen tank spots that were in the 15-16" range, a couple of smallies, and one walleye.  Had a pretty good window of biting fish for about 3 hours, then the wind really started blowing, it was 2 PM, so I packed it in.
    17 total bass, 10 of them were at or bigger than 15".
    PB&J Ned again did the damage.  I threw cranks for a while, but nothing touched them.
    WT 49-51.
    Turkeys were gobbling again, one of them was getting obnoxious, I mean non-stop gobbling from that bird all morning.  Hopefully somebody nails that one this spring.

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    Quillback got a reaction from David Goddard for a article, Indian Creek, St. Paddy's Day   
    Being St. Patrick's Day you would think I could catch a green fish, not one green one did I catch, but I did catch 15 smallmouth.  As usual, all on the PB&J Ned, 1/8 oz head.  Even though water temps were about the same as when I was out Tuesday (48-49), the fish were closer to the bank, I don't know if I caught more than one or two deeper than 10 feet.
    Fish are still grouped up, caught just about all of them in 3 locations.  
    Caught 3 keepers, one was a solid 18" fish, weighed almost 3.5 lbs.
    Dawn from the launch:

    First bass in the early AM:

     
    My best of the day:

     
    A nice looking keeper:

     
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    Quillback got a reaction from Johnsfolly for a article, Indian Creek, St. Paddy's Day   
    Being St. Patrick's Day you would think I could catch a green fish, not one green one did I catch, but I did catch 15 smallmouth.  As usual, all on the PB&J Ned, 1/8 oz head.  Even though water temps were about the same as when I was out Tuesday (48-49), the fish were closer to the bank, I don't know if I caught more than one or two deeper than 10 feet.
    Fish are still grouped up, caught just about all of them in 3 locations.  
    Caught 3 keepers, one was a solid 18" fish, weighed almost 3.5 lbs.
    Dawn from the launch:

    First bass in the early AM:

     
    My best of the day:

     
    A nice looking keeper:

     
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