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Im sure hung on a rock is right about it mainly being about keeping the number of people on the water to a decent number which makes perfect sense. When i went last winter it was in the 20's and 30's and i was the only guy out, i wouldnt dare do it when its busy (you would just be asking for trouble). I called the appropriate people and talk to security so i didnt feel i harmed anything or anyones feelers that day. I have a little jon for that lake but being that cold i figured its a lot safer to be in something stable. 

    As far as doing away with any gas motors i dont agree with that at all. Lots of guys that have boats for this lake were going down there way before the "fishing kayak craze" or before you could run to wal mart and buy a kayak for cheap.. Also if kayakers are worried about a 6hp wake they probably need a new hobby

 

We did catch a ton of bass on jerkbaits last winter it was a blast, my buddy caught a 7lber. Ill try to upload a couple pics. Kinda bummed i cant get my smaller boat in this year since there is no ramp. I guess i could but it would be a pain

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aarch-dale I agree no harm was done. When its that cold using a bigger boat is smarter and safer. It is a unfortunate this is a mute point for a couple three years. I have not been out in a boat since the flood and am curious to find out how much it changed the lake. With the hot water no longer flowing in the winter ,the changes caused by the new 60 hwy. bridge, and what effect the new 65 hwy. bridge will have I wonder how the bass will respond. I guess I will have to sell the current boat I have for this lake and get a smaller jon boat that can be loaded at the boat house. It truly is a great fishery.

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I stopped by the lake on my way home from Springfield yesterday.  The boat ramp by the boathouse is chained off so a trailer can't be used, but there are spaces left between posts where a small boat can easily be dragged in between and lifted onto a pickup truck.  While I was there an older fellow was taking his 10' aluminum jon boat with an electric trolling motor out.  He said he'd mostly caught and released bass in the 12"-15" slot limit, but he had a stringer with some smaller bass and some humongous big bluegills, all dead.  I noticed he had a minnow bucket.  The survival chances of released gut-hooked bass caught with minnows is a whole different issue, in my opinion - so much for that slot limit doing much good!  :huh:

Drove around to the ramp by Hwy. 65 and it's all busted up.  What really makes it unusable, though, is the concrete barricades that have been placed to block what's left of the ramp area and bank.  There again, space has been left to drag a small boat around the barricades but there's no way at all to launch with a trailer.

It looks to me like someone has decided not to have any trailered boats on that lake, regardless of motor size.

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4 hours ago, Sam said:

I stopped by the lake on my way home from Springfield yesterday.  The boat ramp by the boathouse is chained off so a trailer can't be used, but there are spaces left between posts where a small boat can easily be dragged in between and lifted onto a pickup truck.  While I was there an older fellow was taking his 10' aluminum jon boat with an electric trolling motor out.  He said he'd mostly caught and released bass in the 12"-15" slot limit, but he had a stringer with some smaller bass and some humongous big bluegills, all dead.  I noticed he had a minnow bucket.  The survival chances of released gut-hooked bass caught with minnows is a whole different issue, in my opinion - so much for that slot limit doing much good!  :huh:

Drove around to the ramp by Hwy. 65 and it's all busted up.  What really makes it unusable, though, is the concrete barricades that have been placed to block what's left of the ramp area and bank.  There again, space has been left to drag a small boat around the barricades but there's no way at all to launch with a trailer.

It looks to me like someone has decided not to have any trailered boats on that lake, regardless of motor size.

Yep that's the current status. They say they will replace the ramp by 65 once the bridge is replaced. We'll see. 

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