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SUMMER 2008 FISHING REPORT

On July 18, the surface temperature was 88 degrees. Visibility was 58 inches by Secchi disc. Spawning this spring for all fish species was a helter-skelter thing, and some female bass may have been so intimidated by the crazy wet weather and cold fronts that they may have reabsorbed their eggs.


But now we are in the summer pattern for BASS, and except for early morning and evening – and night -- the better fish are in deeper places. Oh sure, once in a while in the middle of the day you may find a nice fish under some of those “little canoe” leaves of american pondweed in the Big Lake, but normally it's better to back off the banks and fish a bit deeper. This is the season for the plastic worm bite. Either Texas-rigged, Carolina-rigged, drop-shotted, or shakey-rigged. The idea is to find the bass in its summer lair, or to surprise them as they move out of those deep holes and along migration routes to shallow water or favorite bluegill ambush spots. It's hard to keep a crankbait from grabbing the pondweed in the 3 to 9 foot zone in the Big Lake, but if you can fish just out beyond the weeds, or find some lanes to fish, cranks like Bass Pro Shops Nitro Deep Crankbait in firetiger can be effective in the summer. Or go even deeper with Mann's 20 + ! Since we do not have a shad lake, we do not have as good a bass topwater bite as many other ( usually larger ) lakes in Missouri. Still, morning and evening on all of our lakes can be exciting for addicts of surface lures; if you fish them small enough our big bluegill may even take them.


BLUGILL fishing is great in all of our lakes. Whether bass fishermen like it or not, if they don't remove all of the small ( less than 12 inches ) bass, they are helping to manage the lakes for bull bluegill – not lunker bass. Conservation tells us that we must remove 30 small bass per acre per year.That's 3,900 per year out of the Big Lake – or 480 from Sugar Hollow – or 60 from Alan. We're just not doing it, anglers,------so we're managing for big bluegill !! The Fishery Biologists who conducted the electrofishing surveys of the Big Lake and Lake Alan in 2008 told us that both lakes were full of big sunfish. The best bait for them is Bill Foley's crickets, followed closely by canned corn – both on a long-shanked small cricket hook. Fish a slip-float or fish on the bottom: you just can't miss. And we can't fish them out either – We've got six bluegill factories !! We believe that bluegill are in the middle of their second spawn in 2008.


REDEAR sunfish have moved deep after spawning really shallow this spring, when they would take almost any small bait, live or artificial. They are now on the bottom near the thermocline (10 to 15 feet deep in our lakes ) eating small invertebrates, but mostly snails and small mussels. Read this link for the best advice on learning to catch these beauties Remarkable Redears   – they've been caught up to 12 inches, and they're still growing since we've stocked them in all lakes.


Catfishing can be good – as always. We've been consistent in stocking them over the years, and there are plenty in all of our lakes. Fish from any of our 22 courtesy docks or from any dam just before nightfall and continuing into the night until the bite slows or stops. Use your favorite stinkbait – or chicken livers – or pieces of small bass or green sunfish.

GAR 7-21-08

 

May 24,2008

Surface temperature 65F. In a normal year, the water temperature would have reached 65F on April 30.

Bass and Redear are on spawning beds, and in the shallows; crappie spawned along shorelines almost two weeks ago, and have dispersed to deeper water. Bluegill started spawning a week ago, and will be spawning in various spots for another week or so.

Bluegill are in bedding areas – 5 to 12 ft. deep –and are suckers for Bill Foley's crickets on bottom or on slip float rigs; They also take tiny crank baits and plastic lures.

Redear are in the shallows for the only period of the year – they like Bill Foley's worms best, but will go for the same baits as bluegill. You can recognize them by the bright red fringe behind the ear flap. They are often over ten inches. The size limits have been removed, but the limit for Redear is 10 per day -- in contrast to no limit for bluegill.

Bass are likely to hit a minnow-imitating lure, since 24,000 Golden Shiners were stocked in Lake Sherwood last week. (Shiners were stocked in all lakes at a ratio of 200 per surface acre). Since bass have moved in shallow to spawn, weedless soft baits should work well – like Senkos or Pro Tubes. The Conservation Dept. strongly recommends that all Bass under 12 inches be removed from all of our lakes. This is the single best thing to do to to grow lunker Bass, because in all of our lakes the small Bass stop growing just short of 12 inches and “stockpile.” They eat just as good as a 10 to 12 inch crappie – so filet them and enjoy.

Crappie are hovering 10 to 12 ft. deep, but they will still come up occasionally to hit a small Roadrunner, and you can drop down to get them with tiny tube lures – they all seem to be just short of 10 inches.

You may see big Grass Carp swirl as you approach them from shore or by boat. Some of them were stocked in 1989 and are over 40 lbs !! Remember to handle them carefully if you catch one, because they are stocked specifically to stop aquatic weed growth in all of the lakes. Return them to the water immediately.

GAR