The group was interested in learning more about fishing and the use of sonar and wanted some insight on the purchase of a sonar unit. In addition to demos of my sonar equipment, the trip involved demonstration of various fishing techniques, rigs and tips. But yes, we fished too!
Started with some long line trolling with line counter reel and 8.5” trolling rod pulling a Rapala #7 JSR. Lasting for just a few hundred yards, we hooked up with a 17” LMB immediately, the fish then tangled up in a submerged tree and stalled, so next the demo was the use of the “hound dog” lure retriever. Result: joint effort for the 3 of us, we got both the fish and the JSR crank out of the tree for a picture!
Lots of small Bluegill, Green Sunfish were caught in 5-12’ of water with jigs, satra special rigs and slip bobbers. We caught numerous Bass of all sizes, fiddler Channel Catfish and a handful of small Bullheads. 80-100 fish were landed using plastic bodies, Euro Nightcrawlers and small leeches. The bite was great and it was a nice evening of fishing under a cloud cover and light breeze. Always fun to explore the variety of aquatic habitats and structures that Conestoga has to offer!
A slow AM trip at nearby Yankee Hill Lake. Focus of the trip was to long line troll and catch some suspended Walleye. Fish were sparse in the 6-7’ zone as in past years using this technique. No hits trolling cranks (SR 5 & 7’s). Anchored up on 2 rock shoals for catching Bluegill to 9“ on the light tackle. Used both slip-bobbers, Satra Special rig, and vertical jerking 1/32 oz jigs tipped with leeches and Euro nightcrawlers. A nice morning for fish but overall a slow bite.
A good Friday afternoon fishing trip with my lovely daughters at nearby Conestoga Lake. We fished the lake using light tackle, small jigs and live bait of Euro Nightcrawlers and small leeches. Practiced catch and release fishing with the young Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Bass and Channel Catfish. Read that Rock Bass, Crappie and Walleye had been stocked, but none sampled. Green sunfish (not stocked) dominated the catch! A fun nice afternoon of fishing with my daughters who like to fish afternoons better than early morning, no surprise there! Dad had fun showing them around newly rehabbed Conestoga Lake.
A good Thursday morning fishing trip with my lovely daughters and I at nearby Wildwood Lake. We targeted the big bluegills in the lake using light tackle, small jigs and live bait of Euro’s and small leeches. We had a lot of fun fishing the bigger Bluegills in 2-8’ depths. Practiced a lot of catch and release fishing teaching these millennials to practice returning fish back to the lake so that others can catch them. The traditional spots came through. A nice fun morning of fishing with my daughters who got out of bed early for some quality time fishing with dad.
Remember Catch and Release fishing……...it does make a difference!
Tuesday morning fishing trip with a young friend at Wildwood. We had a lot of fun fishing the bigger Bluegills in 2' to 5’ depths. Practiced a lot of catch and release fishing teaching. Bonus fish included: Crappie, Yellow Perch, Large Mouth Bass (really nice ones, too), and small Walleye! We landed four of the scourge White Perch, and these did not get released back into the water! A nice fun morning of fishing and I enjoyed showing my young friend some tips and tricks out on the water.
A good Sunday morning fishing trip with a father and son to nearby Wildwood Lake. Trip was focused on the guys targeting the big Bluegill using light tackle, smaller jigs tipped with live bait. As they have in the past, they had a lot of fun fishing, but the strong south winds did hamper the guys feeling/seeing (we use colored fishing line) some of the lighter bites! As always, the traditional fishing spots came through. The small leeches and Euro Night Crawlers were a real "hit" (excuse the pun) catching lots of big Bluegill most >8" some up to 9.5” size. I believe we caught every species of fish found in the lake with exception the big channel catfish found here. We caught four "scurge" invasive white perch as always I'm not happy to see. But they caught numerous nice bass, crappie, some nice walleye and the bag included some nice Yellow Perch. Overall-a very good fishing trip to Wildwood!
Trip was a recon targeting Bluegill! We had lots of fun catching the big Bluegill in shallow water on light tackle. We caught a variety of fish, had fun, with Wildwood being good to me. My next trip, I will have more time and scratch out a few more of the nice Crappie and should bi-catch more Bass. The bonus fish on the trip were Walleyes and I love to "stink the skillet" once in awhile with a 15” and larger Wally. A good morning trip to Wildwood!
Had a good time longline trolling #5 JSR’s over 6-8’ of water out from the edge of knotted smartweed patches. The bite was very good for the smaller 13-14” walleye and landed plenty of 9-15” White Bass. No hook set needed with 125' of Fire-line out behind the boat, slip the boat into neutral and feel the head shakes and crank them in! Size was an issue for the wally but we had fun as it was a constant bite after the evening storm had passed. Did we do it all over again the next morning? No, we sit on top of the fish the next day!
Once I found some fish interested in biting, it became an interesting morning with a “mixed bag” of fish species. I caught a 22.5" walleye, crappies, F. drum, G. sunfish, bluegill, bass, white perch and numerous C. cats! And it was a sunny day so of course......I got a little sun and wind-burned (always wear the sunscreen! must reapply the stuff, once in the morning don't cut it) As the morning progressed the lake started getting really busy with people and boats but it was a great trip north of Lincoln to Branched Oak.
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