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Seth Clarkson

KDOCK Area 4/26/19

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I took off Friday and fished around Kdock with my Dad. Went in the afternoon around 1 until dark, which is unusual for us since we always take off in the morning. Prior to about 630 I had only caught one fish and my dad had caught a crappie and a couple small bass. Around 630 some bass started hitting a big ball of shad midway back in a cove and we started catching them. When the wind blew up against the small bluff it seemed to help bring the shad up. Planned to be off the water before dark and avoid putting in lights but kept catching so that didn't happen. I ended up with 20 to 25 with 4 or 5 keeps on a live target walking bait that I think having the bait ball profile inside the clear housing drew a lot more bites. My Dad caught between 10 and 15 but was using different lures and caught more species. He ended up with at least 1 Crappie, spotted bass, largemouth, white bass and a walleye. Just the spots and larges for me. Would be nice to put together a pattern and get better, but finding fish busting shad happens at times and you can flat out catch them. 

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1 minute ago, Phil Lilley said:

Water still in the mid 50's?

We saw a lot of 57 to 59 but in some areas that were muddy that we didn't catch fish saw up to 62. I marked a lot of what I thought were fish (not great equipment and lack experience) in that muddy water and tried a jerkbait, crank bait and a rig with no bites. Thought they may have been walleye since they were large but I guess they may have been carp. They were suspended around 10 to 15 ft in 25 fow. 

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8 hours ago, Seth Clarkson said:

We saw a lot of 57 to 59 but in some areas that were muddy that we didn't catch fish saw up to 62. I marked a lot of what I thought were fish (not great equipment and lack experience) in that muddy water and tried a jerkbait, crank bait and a rig with no bites. Thought they may have been walleye since they were large but I guess they may have been carp. They were suspended around 10 to 15 ft in 25 fow. 

betcha a dime they were whites and crappie, thats where i was told to look for them suspended off bluffs but didnt try it, some friends of mine had about 50 crappie in the same type location/depth. on artificial soft plastics,opposite end of the lake in MO up around Theodosia

schooling fish are so much fun ! i bet you guys had a blast! 

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On 4/29/2019 at 7:20 PM, Fish24/7 said:

betcha a dime they were whites and crappie, thats where i was told to look for them suspended off bluffs but didnt try it, some friends of mine had about 50 crappie in the same type location/depth. on artificial soft plastics,opposite end of the lake in MO up around Theodosia

schooling fish are so much fun ! i bet you guys had a blast! 

The suspended ones were in the muddy water and they weren't by the bluff. We got the schooling fish by the bluff. I'm sure it is possible it was whites and crappie, but they looked to be bigger marks. Could have just been the way the graph picked them up and how they were lined up. 

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Just now, Seth Clarkson said:

The suspended ones were in the muddy water and they weren't by the bluff. We got the schooling fish by the bluff. I'm sure it is possible it was whites and crappie, but they looked to be bigger marks. Could have just been the way the graph picked them up and how they were lined up. 

Oh ok,  Maybe gar?  They are schooling up by the hundreds above Theodosia bridge. saw some monsters a week ago.

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Just now, Seth Clarkson said:

Definitely possible. I did see a couple in that same cove, but not as far back as I was marking the fish. Carp are rolling around everywhere on the sides too. 

Where I fished the other day carp were all over too.  Wind was blowing across a mud flat where they were spawning actually made the water more stained where I was catching  bass may have helped the bite some lol

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7 hours ago, Fish24/7 said:

Where I fished the other day carp were all over too.  Wind was blowing across a mud flat where they were spawning actually made the water more stained where I was catching  bass may have helped the bite some lol

Carp spawn about now usually during high water, bout the time they hatch, water drops sucking out all those fry to get munched on, recruitment is typically poor unless we have sustained high water years, I’d say the big marks on electronics was big gar they run about now with this high water after a few days you can find a few pockets of clear water at the back of a few hidden spots that get run off... great spots for big whites and bass

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