Almost Fishless Friday

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Almost Fishless Friday

Postby Rambler » Aug Sat 03, 2019 9:57 am

Met my best friend below the check dam south of Tower. On the water by 2:30. Fished the far shore & worked our way south & down the west channel.

I started out with a new 1/8 oz black & red buzzbait. Beautiful day but no action. Watched a little bird harass a redtail hawk and kingbirds nailing bugs over the water. A great blue heron croaked at us as we passed.

Switched to a chartreuse buzzbait. No change so I tried a couple different colors of jig/twisters with safety pin spinners. The bass remained unimpressed.

My buddy switched to a frog & fished the duck weed. I tried a suspending Rapala. Had a couple casual taps but nothing serious. Time was getting on (that great American sage, Yogi Berra would say, "It's getting late early around here") so I went to a white buzzbait. Got 2 more serious hits. I thought maybe they were beginning to turn on. I was wrong.

Finally with the sun just about to say good night I hooked a decent although not big, bass. Probably 12". In keeping with the tradition of smaller ones putting up the best fight it fought up to and in the canoe. When I tossed it back it let me know its displeasure with me by jumping a couple times before taking off.

My buddy caught 2 little ones on buzzbaits. Nothing to write home about but better than a skunking. An absolutely gorgeous day.
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Re: Almost Fishless Friday

Postby joetrain » Aug Sat 03, 2019 10:37 am

Sounds like a good day to me. Enjoying life and a bass to boot.
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Re: Almost Fishless Friday

Postby vman01 » Aug Sat 03, 2019 11:16 am

When I get out on a nice day and get skunked I smile, when I get out on a nice day and catch a fish I smile even more.
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Re: Almost Fishless Friday

Postby Skifish1 » Aug Sun 04, 2019 8:53 pm

Why play with salt and goons when DPR is rocking now. Take your buzzbaits there.
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Re: Almost Fishless Friday

Postby Aux Pleins » Aug Mon 05, 2019 5:03 am

Nice creekN report.

Just a heads up, flow is getting right for a Grand Ave outing. Get that ultra light out with a few hair jigs or a really small beetle spin. Work the riffles, but mainly cast under the bridge right up against the wall that makes up the path tunnel.
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Re: Almost Fishless Friday

Postby Lip_Yanker » Aug Mon 05, 2019 12:09 pm

Sounds like it was definitely better than a sharp stick in the eye.
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Re: Almost Fishless Friday

Postby Rambler » Aug Tue 06, 2019 7:31 am

Aux Pleins wrote:Just a heads up, flow is getting right for a Grand Ave outing. Get that ultra light out with a few hair jigs or a really small beetle spin. Work the riffles, but mainly cast under the bridge right up against the wall that makes up the path tunnel.

I don't know Aux. Last time I took your advice on this all I caught was a crayfish. If the rain cooperates I'm heading out to the west branch of the Dupe later today.
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Re: Almost Fishless Friday

Postby Aux Pleins » Aug Tue 06, 2019 7:34 am

We got rain, probably messed up the flow too much for that delicate area. I'm keeping an eye out though, I'm itching for some red eye demons.
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Re: Almost Fishless Friday

Postby urbanHog312 » Aug Tue 06, 2019 9:27 am

If the rain cooperates I'm heading out to the west branch of the Dupe later today.


not much rain by me last night. WB looked fine when i drove over this morning
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