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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:02 AM 07/04/07 (CST)
Why is it that when walleye anglers are fishing for walleyes...they find a lot of bass. Simple, this bass are all hanging around the rock and wing dams.

We had a great weekend end of fishing on pool 5a, in spite of the mayfly hatch.

Going into it thinking it would be a big top water bite, we loaded up on our frogs, spooks, light plastics and buzz baits. Well on Friday, we found out the opposite. While we had a top water bite, it was not fantastic. Some nice bass in the 15 to 17 inch range hit top water, as did a 10# dogfish and 3 northerns ranging from 30 to 40 inches.

So I said to myself, "Self... If they aren’t hitting top, they must be a little deeper.

Time to throw some crank baits. I tied on some Storm shallow running Wiggle Warts and a Bomber Fat A, Chartreuse Blues. I used a slow crank along weed beds and BOOM!!! It was on. We probably caught 25 to 30 in this manor so we decided to try it at other locations. I pitched the crank under some trees and caught 2 nice 3.5# largies. I pitched it into some structure and same deal. I threw it into a deep pocket in front of a tree on a point and wham, 4# largie.

On the way out, we saw a few wing dams that looked like they might be holding fish. Same story, bass after bass after bass. Also a really nice sauger, 20".

We had about a half hour left and decided to troll the rock line back to the landing. At that point, I kept on my crank and my partner switched to a jig with a trailer. First cast onto the rocks, he caught about a pound smallie, and I caught a 3.5# smallie. Similar result over the next half hour.

Now for Pool 9... Same day. Yes we fished pool 5a Friday and Saturday until 3, and then drove to pool 9 for the evening bite.

Only difference, the frog bite was on. Heavy, heavy movement in weed lines and pads. We had great success flipping Optimum Furbit Frogs (They are expensive but man are they awesome!!!) and light plastics.

We also pulled out the spinner baits. I was using Stanley Wedge spinners in white and Chartreuse & Blue. A several points, we had both had fish on. We also had one cast were 3 bass were battling for the same spinner. My partner threw and caught a 4# and I brought in a 4.5# with another trying to get my lure.

I know I'm a Basshead...but I love it!

Until next time remember, I've never caught a fish I couldn't catch. confused smiley






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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:15 AM 07/04/07 (CST)
Excellent post, YJ! Thanks!



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