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.

Stoner Creek

To be honest I wanted to go anywhere but Stoner Creek. I couldn’t go to Elkhorn the Flow is way to high. I thought about Taylorsville but they have pulled the plug on it and they are dropping it over a foot a day. The

wind would have been very bad there also.  So Stoner it was. The good news is I met the guy who burned my carpet and he paid me for the damage. The water was up 3 to 4 inches with good current. The water was still a little murky but you could see down a foot to a foot and a half. I started with a 3 inch craw and caught a couple of decent fish on it. I went to a silver crankbait that would dive to about 4 feet. I caught several on it.  When I got into shallower water I went to a silver and black stickbait. I started getting a lot of hits with it. The largemouths were on wood near current. The Smallies were scattered. It seemed that I caught 2 sizes of fish, very small dinks and keepers or bigger. I loss a lot of fish today for some reason. I would have had a great day if I could have boated half of the fish I loss. Twice I hooked two fish on the same lure. The first broke one of my treble hooks. The second time was unbelievable. I hooked a fish that was about a pound and a half and a second fish came up and hit the lure with the fish on it. The second fish was 3 lbs or better. Try to land close to 5 lbs of fish at the same time. The larger fish final got off. I was fun while it lasted. The fish may be finally starting to school. I caught 3 to 6 fish in the same area a few times. I finished the day with 71. The smallies were running very small. I only caught 2 or 3 that were decent. My biggest fish landed was on a buzzbait beside a log in the middle of the creek. The fish are biting, you need to get out there. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Stoner Creek

I know we all have one of those days we just should have stayed in bed. Today was one of those for me. I got up and decided to run down to Fryman’s. I wanted to fish Elkhorn but the flow is still higher than I like. Just as I was about to leave the phone rings. I normally don’t answer but I was waiting on a call from an Insurance agent. It was my sister-n-law crying because her vehicle needed a jump. I go and jump her car and I decide to check the gas in the boat. Guess what it was about empty. Now I have to stop and get gas. I am trying to hurry because the storms are coming. I finally get to Fryman’s and Lindsay ask me for advice on a couple of issues. I finally launch the boat and up the creek I go. I decide to go up Strode Creek  because there is less moss on the water. When I finally get close to where I usually start fishing there is a boat with 2 guys in it fishing.  I decide to go pass them and go further up the creek so as to not bother them. When I started pass they just stayed in the middle of the creek causing me to have to pass very close to them. I say something to them and no response. I say something else and one kind of grunts something back. The guy in the back of the boat never said anything and is smoking a cigarette. I very slowly motor pass and go a good 3 to 4 hundred yard before I turn the motor off. When I do I find the guy with the cigarette has flicked it into my boat and it has burned a hole in my new carpet. I now see RED.  I look back at them and here they come as fast as their trolling motor will go so they can pass me. When they start to pass I confront them about the burn. We get into a discussion and they kind of admit it was their cigarette.  They leave. I get my phone and call Lindsey to see if she has their information. Apparently they hear me and come back and apologize. They are suppose to call me to pay for the damage. I’m not going to hold my breath. I will probably have to take them to Small Claims Ct. Now to fishing I only caught 17 Bass 5 or 6 were keepers, several were dinks. It stared to thunder and rain. Being so upset I decided to call it a day. I caught my fish on a shallow blue and white stickbait. I hope by the next post I will  have calmed down till then hope to see you on the water.

 

ps Sorry for the venting.

 

 

 

Private Lake Fishing

My nephew David wanted to go fishing. One big problem, all the lakes river and creeks are flooded. Thank goodness I  can still go to a private lake. The great thing about it is that it may flood but it never muddies up. We got to the lake at about noon. It was clear but it was up about a foot. We started by throwing buzzbaits in the shade. David was able to catch a number of fish on one. I was only able to boat one fish after losing several. As usual I caught my fish on crankbaits. One was a shallow runner which would dive to about 2 feet and a deeper diver that ran to about 5 feet. Both were in chrome due to the bright sun light. We ended up having a good day, but it was strange. We caught most of our fish in areas that we usually don’t this time of year. Were we normally catch them we couldn’t find them. Most of our fish were in the 1.5 to 2.5 lb range. We didn’t catch but a few dinks. Our big fish was a 3.5 that David caught on a buzzbait. He loss 2 more that were as big. Again we didn’t find any schools of fish. I guess this cold front has kept the water temperature lower which has kept them from schooling. We finished the day with only 74 bass. I know one thing. When I0625171825 got off the lake I was tire. This was the first time in a long time that I fished for 9 hours. This will be my last post for a week or so because I am headed to Florida to fish the great big salt water pond. If you can find some clear water the fish are biting. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Strode Creek Fishing

I had wanted to give Taylorsville Lake a try, but my fishing partner wasn’t feeling good and a small emergency at home delayed me. I decided to make a late trip down to Fryman’s. The Creeks were up 4 to 5 inches with current. The water was murky but clearing. I went up Stoner and saw that Strode Creek was a little clearer and didn’t have much Duckweed on it. Apparently they had some bad storms. Strode creek had a number of trees down in the water and it made it difficult to get up. About 2.5 miles up the creek there are 2 trees down that are completely blocking it and I had to turn around. If all the rain that we are suppose to get doesn’t wash them out I will have to make sure to take a saw with me. They are blocking a part of the creek I love to fish and usually have great luck. The fish were in shallow water just on the edge of the current in the shade because of the bright sun. I never found any schools which I thought they should be doing by now. The fish came in basically two sizes. Dinks and keepers. I didn’t boat any fish over about 2.5 lbs but of course loss a couple of much bigger fish. They were hitting on a chrome stickbait that only went down maybe 3 feet on a long cast. I didn’t have a great day which I should have. Because I got there late I was fishing behind 2 boats that had gotten there first. Since the creek is small I believe the boat traffic does bother the fish some. I finished the day with only 55 bass. The surprise was I didn’t catch that  many Smallmouths, but I did boat one nice one. If we get all the rain they are saying we are going to get it will be a while before we will be able to get on the water. I did remember to take my GoPro and I have uploaded a video of my day on YouTube. If you are bored with all the rain give it a look.. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

 

Stoner Creek Report

I wanted to fish Elkhorn today but I couldn’t find anyone to go with me. You need 2 trucks to make the float. David had a stomach bug and I sure didn’t want to be around him. Aaron and Sabrina were putting up hay. I damn sure didn’t want to help them. I have had my fill of that. So I went down to Stoner again. I was hoping for a buzzbait bite. To many times fisherman won’t throw a buzzbait on a sunny day. I found that there are days when they hit great. Just cast to the shade. I did catch 3 fish on a buzzbait and missed a bunch more. The creek was up just a little, but it has cleared. You can see down 3 feet or so.  After throwing the buzzbait awhile I changed to a shallow stickbait and caught some small fish. I changed to a deeper diver and found that the only color they would hit good on was silver or chrome. I never did find the big fish. The largest I boated was about 2 lbs. I did loss several bigger fish. I caught almost all of my fish on wood and on a mud bank. The only fish I caught on rock were small Smallmouths. I did try a plastic craw and caught a few fish but the bluegill and green sunfish were worrying me to death. I didn’t have a great afternoon but it sure beat working in the yard. I finished the day with only 44 bass and to be honest most were dinks. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

 

ps I am uploading a video of this afternoons trip on youtube.