Warm, Saturday morning for fishing at Branched Oak Marina Bay area, started out seeking Crappie off the breakwaters, found small fish biting minnows but nothing to brag about! Fun to catch and release small Crappies on light tackle. Change up, looked for Fiddler Catfish and tried a variety of baits - leeches, minnows, Canadian nightcrawlers, and shrimp on jigs and Satra Special rig.. Picked up 3 fiddlers on these Catfish fodder. Also caught 3 small F. Drum that seemed to like the jigged crawlers! Trip was a good one to work on getting outdoors and some good sunshine for mental health, a needed break from cutting pasture cedar trees. Always an adventure on the water! Checked for fall Bolete mushrooms on my way home, again, none found, I won’t give up!
Cool, sunny morning for fishing at Prairie Queen. Fished with ultralights and light 4# line, leeches, Euro and Canadian crawlers and fished in the trees and drop offs. Caught LMB, Crappie, Redear sunfish and Bluegill. Run of the mill sizes but a good bite and fun to fish at Prairie Queen.
Cool, sunny morning for fishing frogs. Lizard hooked with 11 and kept a limit! Hunted doves at a new pasture and draw, did not see that many birds but got 2 passing by! Picked a handful of puffball mushrooms with plans to eat on top of some ribeye - Yum!
Slow fishing morning amongst the California smoke. Hit the shoals hard with a bonus 22” wally caught off a breakwater tip on jig and leech. Shoals produced a mere 3 largemouth, 2 crappie and 2 white bass. Yep white bass in Yankee, mostly small but they are growing! Water on the surface was like green paint, not pretty! Hope the wind blows or this lake is setup for a ugly fish kill!
The purpose for going to Branched Oak was to look for shad and active crappie beneath. I found both but no action on live minnows and jig raps! Good news the boat still runs good at trolling speeds! Three and a half hours of slow fishing here was enough for me and the crazy’s with the noisy power boats and jet ski’s nuts are starting to overload the boat ramp, time to take my punches and go home! Checked for fall mushrooms on my way home at one spot - none yet!
This morning's frogging trip was a test against the wind. It took me longer to catch 13+ smaller and legal frogs because of the windy conditions, but I prevailed to hook a limit (8 bullfrogs 4.5" or bigger). I love this time of year as I can do some frogging and scout for doves while in the area at the same time. Hopefully some rain will bring out the fall mushrooms soon. Doves-frogs-mushrooms and picking some ripe red apples makes for a fun trip out!
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