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.
I needed to run my bass boat to make sure everything was working for my upcoming Canada fishing trip. I decided to go to Taylorsville Lake. I wasn’t sure if I could catch any fish due to the big cold front that just went thru. The lake was up about a foot, but very clear for Taylorsville. I had several surprises. The first was the water temperature was between 65 and 70 degrees, much warmer than I would have thought. I caught more fish than I thought I would. They were very scattered but on wood. The second surprise was I saw 2 bass guarding fry. I thought the spawn was over. I caught most of my fish on a chrome color crankbait. The biggest problem was due to the clear water I had to keep cleaning the moss off of my lure. I did catch a few fish on a white Fluke. The fish were running between 11 and 14 inches. I did boat a 16 inch fish and 2 dinks. I hooked 20 bass and was able to boat 15 of them. I’m not sure how well the fish will be biting with another cold front coming thru. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.
I hate to tell you but the report isn’t good. I went down this afternoon. I mainly wanted to run my bassboat to make sure it was running OK. The good news is that it ran great. I plan to take it to Canada shortly and I have already had one problem with it several years ago. Back to the fishing report. The fish were very scattered. They are about halfway back in the creek arms to rear of the creeks. I caught all but one fish on a shad color crankbait, the one was caught on a fluke. Most of the fish I caught of lost were on rocks. That surprised me. The water around Van Buren is very dingy. By the time you get to Timber Creek its clear and I mean clear, you can see down about 4 feet. That’s very clear for Taylorsville. The main lake was 65 degrees and some of the creeks were up to 70. It seems that the fish are getting kind of spawny. I saw several on the rocks that looked like they were trying to nest. I couldn’t get any of them to hit any thing. I boated only 7 bass with 2 that were keepers and only one dink. There was a lot of heavy boat traffic mainly crappie fisherman. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.
I went to Taylorsville Lake today. I put in at Van Buren. I only fished for about 5 hours. I can tell you it was very windy. Even with the wind it was still darn hot. The fish were very scattered and not relating to any thing I could tell. I again only caught two sizes of fish, dinks or 12 to 14 inchers. The good news is I only loss one fish I know of. It was a little guy. I was fishing in 4 to 8 feet of water. The funny thing was I didn’t see many shad which is very unusual. Most of my fish were caught in the first third of a creek or on the main lake. The only bait I caught fish on was a crankbait. I tried a worm and didn’t even have a hit. I finished the day with only 12 bass, several drum, a bunch of green sunfish and a few whitebass. If you go your going to have to cover a lot of water. Till the next post hope to see you on the water. By the way I only saw 8 boats all day and I made a run all the way to the dam and back.
Just got back from Taylorsville Lake. Thank goodness for the wind. It was very hot and humid and the only reason I stayed was the wind helped keep me cool. Today was one of those days that let you know that there is still a lot to learn. I can’t say that the fish weren’t biting. I just couldn’t get them into the boat. I loss so many fish that it got to be a joke. They just weren’t hitting hard at all. They were around wood. I would crank over a log and slow down and I would suddenly feel pressure. I would set the hook and get them to the surface and the hooks would pull out. It got so bad that I changed to a newer bait, still the same. I even changed to bigger hooks on the crankbait, same thing. I even went to worm fishing and couldn’t keep them hooked. Just before I left I thought I would give the Hybreds a try. Same dang thing, I would hook them and they would pull off. I finally threw in the towel. I have been very lucky this year this was the first time I just couldn’t boat the fish. I finished the day with only 6 bass and about the same number of Hybreds. I guess you can say they are biting you just may not be able to get them in the boat. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.
To be honest I hadn’t plan on doing a report on Taylorsville Lake. I went to the lake to try out my bass boat to see if the repairs had corrected the problem. Let me explain. In 2010 I purchased a new Bass Boat. It was a present to myself for my retirement. My last 2 boats had a Yamaha outboard on them and I had never had a problem with them . I wanted a Yamaha for my new boat guess what. For some reason they stopped making a short shaft 200 hp outboard. I was talked into purchasing a 200 hp Evenrude Etec. For the first couple of years it performed great. While at Lake St Clair in 2013 it started missing bad. I was able to get a Evenrude mechanic to come in early at a dealer in Canada to look at it. It had a bad fuel injector. They didn’t have a replacement , but was able to get it working. When I got back home it developed a intermittent miss. I took it to dealers and they couldn’t find it. This problem persisted for 2 years. I had to pay every thing out of my pocket. I finally left it with a dealer for 5 months over the winter of 2015 and they finally found another bad fuel injector. This spring while at Lake St Clair guess what it started missing. Another bad fuel injector. The engine has less than 300 hours and it just went out of warranty. So far I have spent over $1000.00 on a new engine. So what I am tell you is DON’T EVER BUY A EVENRUDE. Back to fishing I ran the boat most of the time at the lake. I finally started fishing my normal creeks. What I found was the bass where back in the creeks scattered and on wood. I was using a shad color crankbait. They were in about 5 feet of water. I was very surprised that the lake was very clear. With all the rain I would have thought it would have been dingy. I boated 21 bass they were all in the 12 to 13 inch range and only loss 2 more. I did boat several Drum and Hybreds also. I hope to get back down there later in the week weather permitting. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.
I went back to Taylorsville Lake today. I could only fish for about 5 hours, It was about the only place I could fish. All the creeks are running to high. The lake was up about a foot and I believe it was rising from the rain yesterday. The water below Timber Creek is very clear for Taylorsville. I believe this is due to all the rain lately. The water temperature was 75 degrees. I started in my usual small creek. The fish were scattered. While the sun was out I was catching a few small fish. It finally clouded up at about 2:30 and I started to catch some nice size fish. The fish were only in the first part of the creeks and on the main lake banks. I didn’t catch as many as Wednesday but the quality was better. I boated 8 keepers. My biggest was 17.25 inches and I lost I know 2 more that were keepers. The thing that surprises me is I am seeing schools of bass fry. I would have thought the bass would have spawned several weeks ago. The fish were a little deeper in about 5 feet of water. I caught them on rocks, logs and in open areas. So I am saying they were every where. I believe this was due to the sunny conditions. I caught them on a shad color crankbait that would run 6 or 7 feet deep. You have to understand that you are going to get hung up a lot at times so if you try this prepare your self. I finished the day with only 21 Bass, 2 drum and one big crappie. The fish are still biting but this weekend is going to be hard to fish. The skiers were already at it today. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.