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July 20th 2013, Desoto Bend

Who: Brian Barry

Where: Desoto Bend, Blair NE

When: July 21st 2013, 6-9pm

Weather: 90 Degrees, Sunny and still

Boat Type: 14ft flat bottom Jon Boat, trolling motor

Today was an interesting day.  I went into it know that it would be hot, humid and sticky and that the bass would be fully into their summer patterns which usually make fishing difficult. I assumed that they would be deeper than usual and suspending off of structure so that’s where I focused a good portion of my time.

I fished from the East side boat ramp and went straight across the lake to the far east side (the side with more depth) and went along the shoreline fishing fallen trees and the shoreline.  All I hooked into here was a gar that ended up spitting out my lure.  Throughout the day i was constantly changing lures and scattering my baits in different depths and distances.

On the northeast side of the lake there is an area that has a shallow flat area with stumps (2-6ft deep) that suddenly drops off to about 20+ feet and I hoped that they might be suspending off of that ledge.  And here I once again couldn’t seem to locate them.  I had come prepared for tough fishing conditions so I brought a box of worms which I hooked onto a slip bobber and hoped to find any kind of fish (bass, crappie, white bass, or walleye) and the only thing I found with this was a 6 inch catfish (pictured below).

Then as the sun went down the only place I hadn’t fished yet was the west side that was 0-2ft deep with a sand bottom.  So on my way back to the ramp I fished this and hooked into a fish that ran my drag for a good distance before breaking my line and missed some other nice strikes, I assume they may have been Northerns.  But ended up the day without bagging a single bass…

At the ramp i was talking to another fisherman who had a conversation with a someone who had fished up their the day before early in the morning and had caught tons of bass and some that were 4-6 pounds.  So they are in there but for whatever reason I had a hard time locating them.  I will definitely head back there as the fall sets in and see if I could catch some in cooler weather.

Overall Ranking: 2 Star

Good size lake with a good ramp and dock with other fishing areas.  The water clarity and structure was good but I was fishing after the flood so I didnt find many fish in the species I would like to catch.

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