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I have not heard anything lately.  Is anyone fishing down there?  I want to do some spooning Monday and would appreciate some idea of depths to start looking.

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Happy New Year folks,

While I am still on the water pretty much every week but now down to a day or two max. Most days do not venture out till 10ish and back on the lift by 3 PM. Fishing productivity and pressure has fallen off dramatically.   Quick observance from my notes I most often get bit between 12 and 3 PM. Maybe 3-5 small LM/SM bites are the norm now that temps are in low 40s. When you locate the Kentucky's you can catch several in the 12/13 inch range.  Have not located any larger fish since early December with maybe only a keeper or two each week. And occasionally the skunk never leaves the boat. This week probably caught more drum and walleye than bass. Wind has been tough, tough, tough.. Now I  really love cranking a windy main lake point, but no way in this weather we have had recently.

December had a pretty good (+1 or +2) jerk bait pattern going. Not happening for me now. Fishing bluffs and points (big and little) dam area 45' to 55',  water temps 41 to 44 with a 3/8 or 1/2 ounce blade bait or 1/2 or  3/4 ounce hair jig down to about 30' to 35'.  I am seeing bait and fish at 30' to 40' depths on electronics. For me the gold blade has out-fished the silver blade bait and the black with red (Punisher) hair jig are most productive. Using 8# as it gets the bait down quickly when "free falling" bluffs. No real pun intended just how I fish. Have to take it easy on the coffee with most bites coming when the lure is sitting nearly still.

 

All the best and a safe, happy and healthy 2020..

ff

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Thanks for the input.  I am not a blade bait fisherman.  I'm a spooner but I plan to use the damiki rig a bit as well as some hair jigs.  I'll be in he Big Sac.

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18 hours ago, Dutch said:

I plan to use the damiki rig

Hey Dutch,

Good for you.. Deer season ended for me yesterday and today I prepare for bass fishing "2020".

Agreed. I dropped spoons on them for years.

Damiki...Check out the "Ledgehead". Below 30' it maintains a level suspended baitfish presentation and not following the rod tip at 45 degree "up" non real fishy fishy angle

I actually have an under spin tied on year round. Yo Yo retrieve simply gets the attention of the SM as it drops on the face of bluffs on Stockton.

I am off to south Florida soon in my Chinook RV towing the kayak. Trap guns,  golf clubs and recumbent tricycle are my co-pilots.  I intend to catch my PB in Florida this year and then off to Bass University in South Carolina last week of January,  the Bass Master Classic first week of March before returning home to hug spousal unit and spring honey dos. Then quickly deploying for my annual extended stay at Stockton State Park late March to June-ish.. I do zip home to Fort Scott Lake every weekend for quality time with family,  church and bass fishin'.. Not like I abandon them. LOL Now if the market drops I may be beggin' for gas money!

 

Heck..Best of luck next week.

ff

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Went up on Monday out of Mutton Creek and ended up with 10 crappie and 3 walleye. The bite for me is also slowing down, gonna head up today and see how it goes out of State Park. Everything caught yesterday was on jigs in 30+ feet of water around brush. 43 degree water which is actually 2 degrees warmer than I was showing just before Christmas??? Tight Lines!  

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Sure wish I could weigh in on this topic with some on the water advice & experience, but it's going to be a while before I get a chance to see the lake.  We just got home from visiting our son who's stationed in San Diego. Most people go to San Diego to see sites like the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, the beaches, etc.  Not me!  Early Christmas morning I sampled the San Diego ambulance service and the ER room & ICU amenities at Grossmont Hospital.  Turns out I had a serious GI issue.  They got me patched up and I'm on the mend but it will be at least a month before I could even venture to the lake because my pickup truck is still in San Diego!😀  My son will be driving it back to Missouri at the end of January.  

If I was able to get on the water I would just follow my usual "milk run" from the dam to State Park and hit spots with a jerkbait, ned, and alabama rig. Maybe a rock crawler too. I must be feeling better because I'm dreaming to go.  My head says go, but the body says "not yet".😕

 

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2 hours ago, Skeeter ZX190 said:

Sure wish I could weigh in on this topic with some on the water advice & experience, but it's going to be a while before I get a chance to see the lake.  We just got home from visiting our son who's stationed in San Diego. Most people go to San Diego to see sites like the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, the beaches, etc.  Not me!  Early Christmas morning I sampled the San Diego ambulance service and the ER room & ICU amenities at Grossmont Hospital.  Turns out I had a serious GI issue.  They got me patched up and I'm on the mend but it will be at least a month before I could even venture to the lake because my pickup truck is still in San Diego!😀  My son will be driving it back to Missouri at the end of January.  

If I was able to get on the water I would just follow my usual "milk run" from the dam to State Park and hit spots with a jerkbait, ned, and alabama rig. Maybe a rock crawler too. I must be feeling better because I'm dreaming to go.  My head says go, but the body says "not yet".😕

 

Hope you are feeling better snd back on the water soon.  Wishing you a speedy recovery and a healthy 2020 filled with limits of fish!

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Sorry to hear about your issue.  Let us know when you will be back on the water.
 

I went out of Hartley.  I fished to Mutton.  I had  1 bite 48 feet down.  A crappie on a spoon.  I had 4 bites on a dimiki in the 40 foot range but didn’t get a hookup with it.  No A rig bites at all.  I think I will go back to the rock next time.  The water I fished used to give up some good winter walleye but not this time.

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Feel better soon Skeeter!!!  Crappie fished out our State Park Tuesday and only had 3 crappie. You picked the perfect time to recoup!

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