I was down at Lazy Valley for a family reunion the past few days and got plenty of fishing in as well. My dad and relatives had no problem catching their limits with crawlers and salmon peach powerbait off the dock in the AM when the water was off. They also caught 10 nice white suckers on the crawlers. That was a nice bonus since we haven't done very well on them in several years. Myself and the fiance mainly fished out of the boat using the pink power worm and 1/16oz jigs. Jig colors were black and orange head sculpin/orange. Black was the most productive. Monkey Island produced decent as did Short Creek area, but there were a lot of runts. I ended up finding better quality rainbows in front of the first long dock above Lilley's with the wooden shack in the middle. Most of the fish we caught in that area were 11-15". My fiance got big fish for the stay with a chunky 17.5" bow that weighed 2.55# on my digital scale. She caught it on a white thread jig Friday morning just below the buoy near Lilley's.
Despite all the reasons NOT to go out this morning, I went out of HI at 10 AM. I will have kids in the Classroom on Monday, and I had the urge to fish before then. As I idled to the no wake buoy I noted fish at 20 feet with bait above them. I added that to reports that others have posted recently. I decided to troll a crank at 20' to start. In three hours I had five fish on. Three came unbuttoned before I could get them in the boat. One, a bass, was foul hooked and shook off on a jump. Two others that behaved like walleye, got off when they hung me in brush or trees. I netted the other two.
All hit an original series wiggle wart in firetiger trolled in water between 19 and 21 feet deep with 150 feet of 10/2 braid out from the rod tip at 1.8 to 2.0 mph. All hits came as the bait ricocheted off the bottom or trees and changed speed - reaction bites.
My Lund is a very safe boat, but it is only 16.5 feet long and made of aluminum. By 1:00 PM it was no longer safe to be amongst the tube towers, the wakeboarders, and the slow cruisers not quite on plane.
Be safe everyone!
well, it has been here and gone, and things will change once again, but this past full moon cycle was pretty darn good for catching lots of bass. out of the last 4 trips a total of 48 keepers were boated. one bass over 5, a few 4 lb. range and several 3 lbers. plenty of shorts in the mix also. so, there was plenty of fairly constant action.
3/4 GrassJig has done most of the damage, but we have caught several on a 1 oz. Elite bladed jig we have been tinkering with. bass have been relating to points quite a bit, and steep of flat will both produce provided they match up with the depth the bass want to be. yep, some of these places are out in the nose bleed section. meaning you are about 4 long casts to the bank. a certain depth of water is just the same right close to the bank or a quarter mile out in the lake.
some bass have set up residence in 25 ft. of water and in some areas of the lake, there will be many more follow. weather will be a major factor and area of the lake will be a factor as to whether the local population moves out deeper or shallower. there will be some areas that will contain both shallow bass and the deeper ones that are following the thermocline.
will be interesting to see what the next moon cycle will bring.
Been several years since I've gotten to get up there during the summer. Got to take my son and one of his friends on Friday and was NOT disappointed! Got on the water at 10:30 with 2 units running, then they turned it up to 3 at noon. Pulled off the water at 3:30...
Made one run multiple times throughout the day which was from the line at the dam down to the ramp using 1/16 ounce homemade jigs at 2 units, then 3/32 & 1/8 at 3 units... 1/8 worked better at 3 because the fish would hardly come off the bottom. Was really surprised at the lack of clarity of water but could still see the bottom when the sun was just right. Caught a lot of them by sight fishing them, but most were caught blind jigging. We caught them on both banks and in the middle on the run we were making
Got to see my son keep up with the old man as far as numbers go which was fun to watch him try to catch me. He's real close to hammerin down on me, but for now, I've got my bluff in on him!
Ended up catching 84 rainbows in those 5 hours with the biggest being 21, 19, and 18 inch rainbows (most were between 13-16 inches). Didn't catch a brown all day which kinda surprised me, but did catch 2 white bass which didn't surprise me considering we absolutely smashed them below bull shoals a few weeks ago... never seen so many fish with "dam" scrapes on their sides!
Overall, just a fun day fishing!!
Fished with the family out of kimberling city a few hours thursday and friday morning. Water temp was low to mid 80s, thermocline about 20 foot or so. Found bass, bluegill, and 2 keeper walleye suspended 15-20ft down in 150-200fow over structure. Crawlers worked best. Couldnt get fish to eat a spoon or keitech.....but they bit worms readily even though the ones we were catching were spitting shad less than 2 inches long.
Also found bass and bluegill on a gravel runnout just off the bottom. Caught a few smallies, with 1 good keeper with a 16th oz jig and small craw imitation. Crawler worked best though. Very typical pattern for this time of year. Didn't get a chance to troll crankbaits but that would also work quite well im sure.
Good luck out there, stay safe and tight lines.
Never seen as many ski boats and wake makers on the upper end as I did yesterday. There were a couple of times I just sat it down and idled, the waves were coming from all directions.
Got out really early and to my surprise had a fantastic top water morning on the Fin. Stayed after 1 huge school of fish from 5:45 till 9:30. They would come up and go down. I used a Real Image spoon in1/2 oz. when the would disappear. Also caught a bunch using a 3/16 oz. ball head and a smoke pepper Chompers C-tail swimming it deep
Lots of Whites mixed in with a combo of LM and K's. No brown fish. Only about 1/2 dozen keeps and nothing big, but man they were just slamming that Smokey Joe
Shad were 1/2 inch thread fin. Really small and they were just choking them