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!
Very nice morning and evening trips with friends! We started by anchoring up in 5’ of water and casted 1/32 oz. jigs with ½ crawlers and leeches. Both morning and evening fishing catching numerous small Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Drum, Bluegill and Yellow Perch. We casted jigs into shallow waters<5’ depths and jigged them back to the boat. Also placed a dead rod/dead stick in a rod holder to dangle live bait just off the bottom for the followers. We caught some nice Smallmouth Bass and a nice mess of Bluegill using this technique, no keeper size Walleye but we had fun. Never got the Walleye Chop winds but a nice morning of fishing at Merritt reservoir. Evening trip had some winds but not a good Walleye Chop, picked up one keeper Walleye to stink the skillet!
Very nice evening trip Wednesday to Wanahoo with my lovely daughter Shanna Rose and the boat! We tested the trolling rods first as we hooked on a couple crankbaits, a # 5 Flicker shad and a #5 Rapala X-Rap. We spooled out 125’ of line on the line counter reels and pulled them in the 2.5- 2.7 mph range. We first hooked up with a small “hammer handle” northern pike right out of the gate! Poorly hooked as I lost him right at the boat which was great, I didn't have to handle that slimmy little guy! Next fish caught, Shanna hooked into a good fish, ended up being a big largemouth bass, she had fun tightening the drag as it made numerous head shakes. It stayed deep to the very end when eventually she got him to the boat. Very nice Wanahoo Bass measuring 19½”, great body condition likely scaled at 5 lbs, good looking bass. We finished up trolling the crankbaits with a 16.5” walleye, an eater, caught on the colorful flicker shad. Relaxed fishing- trolling crankbaits at Wanahoo!
Sun was dropping so we changed tactics and anchored up off a few trees, we finesse fished with the light, 5- 8 mph SE winds fishing with Satra special rigs tipped with Euro Nightcrawlers and used jigs tipped with leeches. Dipped in amongst the trees and off the points near deep water drop offs. Of course we used the ultralight rods and light line, we had some luck catching Bluegill to 8” and a few ugly Bullheads in mostly 10-12’ depths. Sun started to set so we packed up, we had fun catching fish at Lake Wanahoo.
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