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Report from my trip down

Little late getting this posted as was really busy after getting home.

Anyway wife and I were down from4-23 till 5-6. Since it is her vacation she doesn't like to get up real early so most days we didn't get out until 9-9:30 and would fish 5-6 hours. We had some good days and some not so good days. The not so good days were always the bright sunny days with little to no wind. Also didn't fish in the rain any. Yeah I know we should have but we didn't.

Ned was the bait that we caught most fish on. I did catch a few on a jerkbait and crankbait(one day). The jerkbait did produce some walleys too. I caught 6 eyes but only one was a keeper size (21 1/2") the rest were 16-17 7/8ths.

Most days we caught somewhere around 25-30 with 1/2-2/3 of the fish being keeper size. The exception to that is the bright sunny/no wind days that I mentioned being our worst days. The sunny days we still would catch around 20 or so but most all of them were SMALL and it was a grind to catch them! One of the sunny days we could't get anything going around Kimberling so ran up the white and found spots and a couple walleye on flat gravel main lake point. Those fish were on ned as well and were in 15-20 feet of water.

As for the fish around Kimberling. We had our best luck using ned rig on secondary gravel and small chunk rock points. Our fish were mostly in the 14ft range give or take a little. The one day I caught some on the crankbait it was 8-10ft. With ned it was cast and let it sit for a little bit then drag a few inches to a foot and let it sit for a few seconds and repeat.

Our best day our best 5 would have been 14 3/4-15lbs; didn't weigh one largemouth that would have been close to 3lbs give or take a couple ounces. The other 4 were smallies that went 3-2, 3-1, 3-1 and 3-0.  The other days would have been 13-14lbs; except for those sunny/no wind days then we would only catch 2-3 keepers.

Caught a couple BIG bluegills and Goggle eyes on the ned too.

As always; all the fish we caught including the walleye, gills and goggle eyes are still swimming.

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1 hour ago, Hunter53 said:

Little late getting this posted as was really busy after getting home.

Anyway wife and I were down from4-23 till 5-6. Since it is her vacation she doesn't like to get up real early so most days we didn't get out until 9-9:30 and would fish 5-6 hours. We had some good days and some not so good days. The not so good days were always the bright sunny days with little to no wind. Also didn't fish in the rain any. Yeah I know we should have but we didn't.

Ned was the bait that we caught most fish on. I did catch a few on a jerkbait and crankbait(one day). The jerkbait did produce some walleys too. I caught 6 eyes but only one was a keeper size (21 1/2") the rest were 16-17 7/8ths.

Most days we caught somewhere around 25-30 with 1/2-2/3 of the fish being keeper size. The exception to that is the bright sunny/no wind days that I mentioned being our worst days. The sunny days we still would catch around 20 or so but most all of them were SMALL and it was a grind to catch them! One of the sunny days we could't get anything going around Kimberling so ran up the white and found spots and a couple walleye on flat gravel main lake point. Those fish were on ned as well and were in 15-20 feet of water.

As for the fish around Kimberling. We had our best luck using ned rig on secondary gravel and small chunk rock points. Our fish were mostly in the 14ft range give or take a little. The one day I caught some on the crankbait it was 8-10ft. With ned it was cast and let it sit for a little bit then drag a few inches to a foot and let it sit for a few seconds and repeat.

Our best day our best 5 would have been 14 3/4-15lbs; didn't weigh one largemouth that would have been close to 3lbs give or take a couple ounces. The other 4 were smallies that went 3-2, 3-1, 3-1 and 3-0.  The other days would have been 13-14lbs; except for those sunny/no wind days then we would only catch 2-3 keepers.

Caught a couple BIG bluegills and Goggle eyes on the ned too.

As always; all the fish we caught including the walleye, gills and goggle eyes are still swimming.

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EpHq4Do.jpg

Qkeb9Ez.jpg

6gCldHx.jpg

 

 

 

aAV0pCT.jpg

Very nice catches and report, thank you !

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Just now, Hunter53 said:

We are hoping to get to a few games again this year.  We really like the crown club seating but they seem hard to find right now.

Yeah.  I was going to go a couple of weeks ago but it was trying to make me buy 4 seats at a time and I only needed 2.  Figured I'd get up there when it got a little warmer anyway.

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What a great report! Thanks for the details and pictures.

That is the one thing that makes this a great forum, the sharing of information and the opportunity to live vicariously through each angler for those of us that cant get down there. 

And I figure anytime a person or couple can spend a couple of weeks on the Rock they are living life right! 

Thanks for sharing!

C4F

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5 minutes ago, crazy4fishin said:

What a great report! Thanks for the details and pictures.

That is the one thing that makes this a great forum, the sharing of information and the opportunity to live vicariously through each angler for those of us that cant get down there. 

And I figure anytime a person or couple can spend a couple of weeks on the Rock they are living life right! 

Thanks for sharing!

C4F

Definitely a couple weeks at TR is fantastic!! We love the area!

Our next trip is in the other direction; will be heading north to SD and the glacial lakes for some smallie fishing.

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9 minutes ago, curtisce said:

good report. Looks like you did well on the LM with ned. Fishing deep and with ned you'd expect more SM and spots.

We were targeting smallies. The largemouth came in the same places we were smallie fishing. The largemouth did come on the shallower depths of what we were fishing or when we would try shallower in the 6-8ft range. Did catch a couple real shallow like 3-4ft.

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