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.
I needed to take my bass boat out and make sure it didn’t have any issues. I will be taking it to Canada next week to go fishing. I decided to go to Taylorsville Lake. The lake is muddy to murky down to Timber Creek. The water temperature was 67 degrees in the muddy water and 72 in the clear water. I didn’t think the fishing would be very good since they are dropping the lake a foot a day. Well to tell the truth the fishing was very good, but it ended up being one of my most frustrating day I can remember. I start fishing and found that the trolling motor steered the opposite of what I am use too. Last fall I had it worked on and when it was put back together it worked the opposite of what I have been use to for the last 40 years. It was like driving a vehicle and when you wanted to turn left you had to turn the steering wheel right. I got so mad I parked the boat and spent 2 hours trying to fix it. I had to quit and put it back together because I didn’t have the right tools. At about 1 pm the wind start blowing hard and with the trolling motor I must say I said a few cuss words. The only reason I stayed was the fish were biting good. The fish were near the banks in about 4 feet of water. I was using a chrome crankbait. The great Taylorsville water god collected 4 of them, two to fish breaking me off and two to rocks or logs. For the most part the fish were decent. Most were in the 13 to 14 inch range. I did catch 5 keepers. 4 were in the 15 to 15.5 range and one 17 incher. I finished the day with only 33 bass which I thought was good with the problems I was having. The fish are biting so give them a try. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.