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Taylorsville Lake Report

My Girl Friend has apparently found her a new Sugar Daddy with some money. She wanted to stay home instead of going fishing with me. What is wrong with the girl. I decided to finally give Taylorsville a try. The lake is at Summer pool and has a good algae bloom. You can only see down about a foot and a half. The water temperature was 86 degrees. I have to admit it was hot today. There was very little wind which is very unusual for Taylorsville. The second unusual thing was the shad were deep today. There was very little topwater activity. To be honest it was another tough day. The fish were very scattered and on wood. I had to fish a little deeper than normal. The fish I caught were down 5 feet or a little deeper.  I never did find any decent fish. all were in the 10 to 12 inch range. I had one that went 13.5 inches. I only lost 6 fish, but I only boated 10. I caught all of my fish on crankbaits they were chrome or white with a black back. I tried a worm for a while and all I got hits on were Green Sunfish. The fish are biting, but you have to cover a lot of water. Till the next post hope to see you on the water. By the way there was only 6 boats on the water when I got there at about noon. I almost forgot. I got the you know what scared out of me. I was fishing a bank with a lot of weeds on shore. All of a sudden a big black hairy thing came out of the weeds and jumped in the water getting me wet. I almost left the boat. It turned out to be a River Otter I slipped up on lying in the weeds. Sabrina would have laughed her but off. I didn’t know I could still move that fast.8-16-17

Stoner Creek Report

Yesterday I went down to Stoner Creek. I put in below the dam at Fryman’s. It turn in to the toughest day fishing this year. With the cloud cover I hoped for a good topwater bite. The water was in great shape and there was a good flow still. The only problem I encountered was there were a lot of leaves on the water. With the wind there were areas of leaves that were so thick that it was very difficult to fish. I have to say I tried everything. I tried a buzzbait, craws, deep crankbait, shallow crankbait and flukes. I did catch Bass on everything but the craws. I only caught Redeye on them. I caught most of my fish on the buzzbait which was a lot of fun. The only problem was the fish were very scattered. Almost all the fish caught was on or near wood. I finished the afternoon with only 17 bass. The good news was only 2 were dinks. My larges was a 2.5 pounder I caught on a buzzbait. If you are really bored I did take my GoPro with me and I have a short video of my afternoon on YouTube. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

The New River

I just got back from a 2 day fishing trip on the New River. I went with 7 great friends. We had a great time. Each day was different. Our first day was cloudy with a couple of rain showers. The second was clear and blue bird skies. The first day the water level was about normal for this time of year with it being a little dingy. The second day the water was up over 1000 cfs and much clearer. We were mainly using crankbaits, but there were a few fish caught on topwater.  To be honest we had good fishing. We should have had great fishing but the fish were slapping at our lures and we loss 3 to 4 times more fish than we boated. Each of the 4 boats boated over 100 fish for the trip. Our biggest was a 19 incher caught on a buzzbait. For the most part the fish were running a little smaller that in the past. Most of the fish were in the 8 to 14 inch range. My biggest was a 17.5 incher. The bad news is my friend and outfitter will be closing his business in September. I am hoping one of the boat guides will take over the business. All I have to say if you ever get the chance to fish the New River DO IT. It has to be one of the best Smallmouth fishery’s in the country. The river is beautiful, running the rapids is unbelievable. Our guides

sure know how to control their boats. The first time you go down some of the high class 3 rapids with roller of 3 to 4 feet it will be exciting plus you will be a little puckered. All I can say is the scenery is worth the trip and the fishing is a super bonus. Thanks to Parker (My fishing partner) Robby, Coby, Tim, Sabina, Aaron and David (a great nephew). I just hope we can do it again. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Stoner Creek/Strode Creek

Robby and I went down to Fryman’s. The water was at the normal level for this time of year. The water looks muddy, but it is due to a brown algae bloom. We went up into Strode creek. I caught a couple of good fish on a 3 inch craw. I also threw a buzzbait and caught another couple of fish. We started crankbaiting. I caught about 4 dink Smallies.  To be honest the fish were not biting. We ended up only catching about 12 fish. The largemouths we were catching were nice fish. I decided to make a change. We left Strode Creek and we went all the way up Stoner to the Mill Dam. There were a lot of weeds in the area. I started throwing a buzzbait and I would catch an occasional nice Largemouth. We tried frogs around the weeds and logs. We had several hits, but we never hooked a fish. We fished all the way back down to Strode Creek. The only thing we caught a fish on was a Buzzbait. I finished the day with only 19 Bass. 10 were caught on a Buzzbait and all were nice 1.5 to 2.5 lb. I believe this cool front screwed every thing up. I sure hope things improve. Robby finished the day with only 5 fish, but no dinks like I had.  Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Private Lake

My buddy Robby has been wanting to get some practice fishing in before our West Virginia, New River trip this weekend. I decided to take him over to the private lake. Since it was still cloudy I was hoping for a good buzzbait bite. I never had a fish hit it. The water was clear and in the high 80’s. We threw 2 kinds of crankbaits. Very Shallow stickbaits or deep diving crankbaits. When I say deep diving I mean one that will dive to 5 feet or a little deeper. I was  surprised that a lot of the fish were less than 2 feet deep. We didn’t catch very many large fish. Most were in the 10 to 13 inch range. I did have one fish that looked about 3# break me off. Another surprise was how many pan fish were hitting and getting hooked. Bluegill and Warmouths. We had two surprises. Robby hooked a big fish and it took him a while to land it. It turned out to be about a 4 lbs Channel catfish on a crankbait. About the time we were quitting I hooked what I thought was a big Drum. It must have taken me 3 minutes to land the fish. It turned out to be a 8# Channel Catfish which I hooked in less than 2 feet of water. We didn’t have a great afternoon but we boated 50 bass total. I just wish they were bigger. We are thinking about another trip tomorrow if possible. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.20376005_10210437747524772_2284038781611582950_n

Elkhorn Creek

I went down to Elkhorn today with 2 beautiful young ladies. To be honest that was the high light of the day. We fished from Knight’s Bridge down to Canoe Ky. The water was clear and 92 degrees. (bath water) The fishing was hard. We tried about every thing and we just couldn’t get them to hit much. With the clear water we saw all kinds of fish. They just wasn’t interested. I believe we got more hits on mini flukes. The fish would hit and just grab the tails. We missed so many fish it wasn’t funny. We tried different colors, no improvement.  We did catch a few fish on shallow crankbaits. You couldn’t let your lures run to deep or you would pickup moss or get hung up. The greats moment was Sabrina caught a fish on a crankbait.  It jumped and one of the hooks got hung in a cord on the front of her yak. I was working myself a round her yak when she leaned too far over the side to see what it was hooked on. I grabbed her yak to help and she almost took me with her as she went in.  She loss her rod for a minute or two. When she recovered it. It still had the fish on. She said it felt good. We didn’t catch any big fish. Most were dinks. Our largest was 12-13 inches. We saw plenty of big fish they just wouldn’t hit. This was Kendell’s first time fishing from a yak and casting on her own. I was very impressed. She didn’t catch very many trees and only broke off one time.  I look forward to another trip with the ladies.  It was a beautiful day to be on the creek, I just wish the fish were biting. We finished the day with Sabrina boating 8, Kendell boated 7 and I boated 22. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

ps. Sabrina has some pictures and I will post them when I get them.

Stoner Creek

I know that everybody must think that I am only fishing Stoner Creek this year. Elkhorn is still to high to fish the way I like to fish it. The  wind was blowing to hard for me to go to Taylorsville Lake. I decided to go to Stoner Creek. I put in at a friends farm. I just built some new tandem bladed buzzbaits I want to give a try.  I have to say I had a great but terrible day. I did catch fish on my new buzzbaits. For some reason I hooked the biggest bass I have every hooked in Stoner, but I loss I know 3 times as many as I boated. I boated about 8 bass on my buzzbaits and Loss 20 to 25. I trimmed the skirt shorter that didn’t help. I added a stinger hook and that didn’t help either. I believe the fish were just slapping at the buzzbaits. When I was in shallow water I caught some on a small silver and black stickbait. In deeper water I used a chrome deep diving crankbait that went down 4 to 5 feet. After throwing a buzzbait over laydowns I would use a 3 inch craw.  I caught fish on everything I used. I loss count of bass 2.5 lbs or bigger I hooked that got off. The water was so clear I could see down about 3 to 4 feet which let me see the fish I was losing. I finished the day with only 37 fish, but 12 were 2.5 to 4 lbs. My biggest was caught on a craw. It may have been bigger than 4 lbs. I couldn’t

weight them because the battery died in my scales. Along with these pictures I should have a video of some of my big fish I caught or missed. It will be on YouTube later. The fish are active, so you need to get on the water. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.