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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:05 PM 04/19/10 (CST)
I finally got the boat launched this morning and, after a shakedown trip around Bald Eagle, I got down to the pleasure of doing some panfishing. Water temp was 56 degrees, more or less. Light northward breeze. Partial sun.

The bite is on...at least in some parts of the lake. I tried several spots and finally found one. I won't tell you exactly where it is, but it's one of the water lily beds in the lake. The water lilies are just beginning to show at the surface, but most still have their leaves curled about a foot below the surface.

This is where the sunnies, crappies, and perch were today... among the lily stems. Using a 1/16 oz. yellow head jig about 18 inches below a bobber, I worked the 3 ft. depths. A small pumpkin flash curly-tail and a small tube with tentacles in the same color were the productive rig. This was around noon. There was a very light breeze blowing northward, which made it easy to drift this spot.

It was very productive. After I located the fish, I began catching a fish on every cast. Sunnies to about 10" and crappies ranging from 10-14". Fat, sassy, and they'd be delicious. I released all of them, so they're still there. The perch are the usual 6" ones that Bald Eagle produces, so no big whoop.

I was on the spot for about an hour and caught and released at least 50 fish, so the bite was hot. There were about half a dozen other anglers on the lake, but I didn't see many bent rods, so the fish seem to be pretty concentrated.

More Bald Eagle info: The ramp is in a little better shape than last season, and both courtesy docks are floating and level. The right courtesy dock is the choice one and is deeper at the end of the dock, but both are fine this season. Water levels are higher in the lake than last year, too, so it looks like it'll be a decent season for Bald Eagle. I didn't fish for anything but panfish, of course, but I got lots of fish on the locator, and even saw a decent muskie swimming around the launch ramp.

Fishing season is ON!


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:18 AM 04/20/10 (CST)
Well, MineralMan, you did a lot better then we did. Woodtic and I went out and fished around 7 hours on Bald on Sunday. Yes, we caught a lot of fish. In fact, we ran out of bait going through 2 scoops of crappie minnows. The difference is we caught very few big fish. We only ended up with 2 in the live well that were probably around 9 inches. We ended up putting them back in the lake. Saw some muskies rolling around the top water, that was fun. We fished primarily the north end with a lot of other folks that were out there fishing too. We were catching them about a foot to 3 feet off the top in all depths. I think next time I get out, probably this coming weekend, we'll have to hop around a bit more to find the keepers, eh?



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:38 AM 04/20/10 (CST)
One of the things that I've discovered about Bald Eagle is that the best spots on the lake are always changing. What works one day is a bust the next. I guess that's what makes fishing so much fun.

I don't use live bait for crappies, and go with fairly large plastics. That seems to keep the numbers of little guys down somewhat. Yesterday, the fish were definitely hungry and probably would have taken just about anything that resembled something to eat.

The other spots I had some success at were in bulrushes that were scattered in the shallows. Picked up some largish sunnies in there, and they were packed in. You'd cast and a dozen or more sunnies would be disturbed and show themselves in the thin water. They were spooky, though.

I think they'll be spawning very soon, since they seemed to be holding just off the spawning areas.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:10 AM 04/22/10 (CST)
MineralMan, I've read your posts on MFP for years but just checked your blog. I was surprised to see you are the "NOTLUND" guy! ooo smiley While looking for a boat myself last year, I saw that picture on the Internet in so many places. That mailbox cracks me up. Love it!




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:48 PM 04/22/10 (CST)
Ha! And here it is again, just for grins. The NOTLUND goes viral:



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:52 AM 04/23/10 (CST)
smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:44 AM 04/23/10 (CST)
That's a sweet ride MM.

I hope to spend a day Bald Eagle this summer. It's one of the few Metro lakes that I've actually fished from a boat before. I'll keep an eye out for the NOTLUND.




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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 02:20 PM 04/23/10 (CST)
That is a classic, you can almost smell the fish slime just looking at it laugh smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 11:57 AM 04/24/10 (CST)
Thanks, you guys. I've set that old Sea King boat up to suit me and my fishing style perfectly. It's all trimmed out with weight placement arranged so that nice 6hp planes it out and runs about 12 mph. Rod holders, holders for my needlenosed pliers and hemostats. Even the little mailbox, that holds the first aid kit, spare spark plugs, and SPF 60 sunburn lotion. It's all within easy reach.

I almost never use the electric trolling motor, but it, and the pair of oars in the boat will get me back to the ramp on any of the waters I fish.

It's old. It's ugly. But it's a great little fishing boat for small water. I'm usually in it alone but, once in a while I take someone with me, usually a kid. It won't plane with two people, but who cares? It will go up into really skinny water, and that's always a good thing. It doesn't do to stand up a lot in the boat, but I can cast almost as far sitting in it.

This year, later on in the summer, I'm finally going to launch it at the Hidden Falls ramp and see what I can dredge up below the Ford Dam and Lock #1.

I don't have much invested in this rig...maybe $800 or so in total. I'm a minimalist when it comes to fishing. I fish the old-fashioned way, by knowing the water I'm on and by using visual cues. Works pretty well. I seem to be catching them a lot of times when nobody else is.

But, then, I'm an old fart, and have been fishing for almost 60 years. That helps.


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