July 16, 2017
I had been to this lake a few years back and was very unimpressed. I hadn’t caught a fish and the water level was very low and it left me with very little reason to come back. However, I had been hearing reports and even seen a few youtube video’s of people that had been catching fish here! I also had heard of small tournaments there and been hearing murmers about it being a “hidden gem” in the area. So of course i had to go back and give it a second chance.
I started near the ramp on the southeast side. I fished along the pier and then the lilly pads on the closest shoreline. Through fishing there I did not get a single bite but I could hear plenty of sunfish smacking the bottom of the lilly pads. So it kind of surprised me I wasn’t getting bits as Bass are usually not to far from the smaller fish they prey on.
I decided to go towards the center of the lake and I wanted to fish the dock and rock piles there. Around the first few docks I hooked into a bass using a chatter bait. But as I continued to fish along the docks I was not having luck with moving baits.
I switched to a Pig and Jig, and a large flat trailer so that I might be able to skip under the docks. In order to do this I switched to a longer and heavier rod, with braided line. Pretty quickly after trying this I hooked into a nice 3lb bass. I decided to stick to this pattern for a while and it paid off. If i could find wood docks that the shade went deep and preferably with poles or stumps underneath them. If I could get up far underneath the docks and get the jig to skip under there where it was difficult to reach i would find good fish hiding and get good bites. I did loose a few nice fish, including one large enough to run my drag and wrap me deep around some brush before breaking me off. But while doing so I did land quite a few nice fish as well. I think I finished with eight or so bass that I was able to boat before the temperature got hot enough that I wanted to leave the lake.
I am definitely glad I decided to go back to this lake. I am not sure there is a large population of bass here yet. But the fish I did find were very healthy and good size!
Lake Ranking: 4 star, While I did now find some nice fish, the depth was still shallow and the fish were difficult to find. I am much more impressed with it now and definitely plan on going back.