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ARKANSAS: Bear Creek Lake – Catfish are Fair on Chicken Liver and SPAM

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Mississippi River State Park said campers say bass are biting on topwater lures and small spinnerbaits in coves.

Catfish are fair on chicken liver and SPAM.

Arkansas
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LOUISIANA: All Our Reds & Catfish Caught on Cracked Crabs

Monday, October 10th, 2011

I fished with David Duhe from Morgan City, Tom Schaefer, and Darryl Babu from Wisconsin.

These guys were a blast to fish with and had a incredible time battling the reds. We had the reds coming in one after another finishing our 20 fish limit at 9:00. We moved locations and picked up a few trout, freshwater catfish, and flounder. With the box filled to the top we headed to the dock. Good times had by all. All our reds and catfish caught on cracked crabs while the trout and flounders were caught on Cocodrie Cocahoe soft plastics by Highlife tackle (under a cork and tightlined). Big thanks to Capt Rob Dupont for running the second boat with the other half of the crew. Allie Adams and the Wisconsin guys all had a blast.

Tightlines everyone,

Capt. Marty LaCoste
Absolute Fishing Charters
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CALIFORNIA: Freshwater Hot Spots – Trout, Bass, Panfish & Catfish

Monday, August 15th, 2011

TROUT:
The best action in Southern California has been at Big Bear Lake with limits of holdover rainbows to three pounds or better for trollers working from the West Ramp to the dam. Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains has been very good, and Jenks Lake is good. Lake Hemet is also pretty good. There are also a few holdover fish being landed by deep trollers at Silverwood, Cachuma, and Casitas — in about that order. The bite also remains fair to good at Cuyamaca. Trout action in the Sierra Nevada remains fair to good overall, with the June Lake loop (especially Silver), Virgina Lakes, and Bridgeport Reservoir all top bets. Other good bets include Twin Lakes (Bridgeport), South Lake and the South Fork of Bishop Creek. For fly anglers, Hot Creek and the East Walker River are probably the best bets. Also some very good action in Bridgeport Reservoir.

BLACK BASS:
It’s surface bite season and the full moon this weekend should really turn on this bite everywhere. While the overall bass action could probably only be rated fair all across Southern California, almost all lakes have some good topwater and reaction bait action early and late in the day. During the day, the fish generally sound to deeper structure where they can be caught on dark plastics, but that bite is much tougher. Top bet is still Diamond Valley, but the bites are decent at Sutherland, Otay, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Silverwood, Casitas, Castaic, Piru, and Cachuma. On the Central Coast, Santa Margarita, Nacimiento, San Antonio, and Lopez are all still pretty fair for bass. On the Colorado River, the Topoc Gorge smallmouth bite has been good, but except for the narrow window of early morning Havasu and the lower river has been tougher.

STRIPED BASS:
Striper bites continued to improve in the region this past week with Diamond Valley breaking wide open, and the bites at Castaic finally getting better, too. San Antonio on the Central Coast remains a top bet with good quality (six to 12 pounds) and Pyramid is very consistent, but on smaller fish (one to three pounds). Silverwood is still a sleeper pick with a pretty fair bite. On the Colorado River, there have been a lot of quality fish to 20 pounds at Willow Beach, while Havasu and Topoc Gorge are producing one to four-pound fish in a tough bite.

PANFISH:
Big news is that the Salton Sea tilapia bite has finally slowed way down with only a few smaller fish showing now. But there’s still very good bluegill and redear action at Diamond Valley Lake. The redear bite is also still fair to good in Havasu and Topoc Gorge area on the Colorado River, but both have slowed. The bluegill and redear bites are also still good at Perris, Casitas, and most other waters with these fish. Piru and Castaic are fair to good. The crappie bite came back on at Henshaw this past week and improved again at Cachuma and Piru. All three a pretty good picks. Also a decent pick on crappie at Castaic, Cuyamaca (small fish), and Santa Margarita and Lopez on the Central Coast.

CATFISH:
The Colorado River is fair to good for catfish with flatheads and channels showing in good numbers. There are high flows on the lower river, but the action has been good on flatheads to 35 pounds and channels to eight pounds again this week. Southern California lakes are also all starting to turn on with more and more cats showing, and stocking programs are in full swing now at most places that plant. The top picks are Hesperia Lake and Elsinore, but Corona Lake and Santa Ana River Lakes are being planted with cats each week and weekly trophy catfish plants go in each Friday. Other good catfish bets are Irvine, Skinner, Silverwood, and Pyramid. All the San Bernardino County Parks are also being planted weekly, and Dixon Lake is also good with weekly plants.

Jim Matthews
Outdoor News Service


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TEXAS: Catfish are Good on Cheesebait, Shrimp, and Nightcrawlers

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

AMISTAD:
Water clear; 84-89 degrees; 4.43’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on Red Fins and large topwaters. White bass are fair on crankbaits and small topwaters. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines, droplines, and throwlines on live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG:
Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the dam. Striped bass are fair on silver and gold spoons near the dam. Redfish are good on perch and shad near the jetty. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait near the hot water discharge.

CALAVERAS:
Water clear. Black bass are fair on live bait. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs near the crappie wall. Redfish are good on live bait near the dam. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shad near the railroad trestle. Blue catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON:
Water clear; 85-90 degrees; 8.45’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait.

COLETO CREEK:
Water fairly clear; 2.78’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in 4-12 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON:
Water stained; 88-91 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon and June bug jigs in 8-12 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

Texas
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PENNSYLVANIA: Susquehanna River Fishing – Smallmouth Bass & Catfish

Monday, May 16th, 2011

The Susquehanna River is Fishing very well the last week. Smallmouth Bass are being caught on a variety of different baits including Spinnerbaits, Bomber and Bandit Crankbaits, Power Team Craw D’oeurves, and Various tubes. We have also caught a few on jerkbaits but not many and am anxiously awaiting a good topwater bite but it just hasn’t happened yet.

The water is clearing and is currently in the 5′ range on the Harrisburg Guage.

There is also loads of Small Walleye being caught on Small Jigs and Crankbaits, but most of them have been very small to just barely legal sized.

We have caught some really big fish this week with the biggest being 21 1/2″ and a few others over 20″. These fish are fighting like crazy and even the 15″ fish are a handfull.

We are out again all week so I will keep you posted as to what transpires as we go.

Be safe and I hope to see you all soon,

Capt. Dave Shindler
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PENNSYLVANIA: Susquehanna River Fishing Trips Smallmouth & Catfish

Sunday, April 17th, 2011


Susquehanna River Fishing has been excellent when the rains and high water let us fish. Once again spring is making my job tough. Most of the Smallies are eating jigs and Jerkbaits.

The Flathead Catfish bite is just starting as well.

Capt. Dave Shindler
Susquehanna River Fishing
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N CAROLINA: Bushlining for Catfish

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The recent and ongoing rains are raising the levels of South Carolina rivers, and that is the perfect time to set bushlines for catfish.

The cats love to scour the shallows as the rivers rise, feasting on the worms and other insects that burrow into the ground along the shores of rivers, and are inaccessible until the river comes up. The rains also knock a lot of food items into these shallows, and the cats like to be there when it happens.

Check the DNR regualations because bushlining, or ‘set hooking’ as it’s called in the regulation booklet, is not legal in all of South Carolina’s waterways. It is legal in the Wateree River though, where a recent trip gave up a big 30+ pound blue and several others in the 10-20 pound range. Cut bait like shad and other baitfish work great. Shrimp and crawdads are also good bait choices.

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TENNESSEE: Tennessee River Catfish

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Catfishing continues to be steady in the Tennessee River in Southeast Tennessee. While we’ve been catching mostly “eater-sized” blues between 2 and 8 lbs, the occasional trophy catfish turns up regularly.

Most recently Ryan Edde from Murfreesboro, Tenn., along with his daughters Kirsten and Kayla, caught a great 26 lb. blue on light tackle, along with an cooler full of fish for the frying pan.

Also, the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame recently certified one of my client’s catches on 10 lb. test line as a new Line Class World Record in the “Catch & Release” category. See: www.sceniccityfishing.com/record.html

Fishing for other species including largemouth, smallmouth, crappie and bluegill has been fair. Anglers should plan on basic summertime patterns, which means fish slow and deep.

Richard Simms
Scenic City Fishing Charters, Inc.
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WISCONSIN: North/Central fishing

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Smallmouth bass fishing has been solid on the Wisconsin River system, with fish using predictable hard-bottomed current break areas with the increased flow of late. Lipless crankbaits and topwaters have worked well recently, as well as plastics such as the Mister Twister 4″ FAT Tube or size 3 in-line spinners like the Mepps Aglia and Black Fury. Fair numbers of fish are also being caught by flipping and pitching shoreline cover, especially during the mid-day hours, such as docks, downed trees, and stumps/snags.

Here in Central Wisconsin the channel catfish bite continues to be overlooked by many anglers, but has been a source of action and excitement for those looking to tangle with these bruisers. While some fish are being taken during mid-day from the deeper holes and pools, the best action continues to be during nighttime and low-light periods. A simple sliding sinker rig baited with fresh cut bait on a Mustad Demon Circle Hook is the simple yet deadly manner in which to get in on the action. Look for fish to be holding near the head of holes, as well as adjacent to stumps, snags, and blow-downs once light levels diminish.

Inland walleye fishing has been streaky, but good catches of fish are still occurring. Fishing weeds or wood where present has still been productive. Weedless jigs tipped with large fatheads should be worked carefully around and through available cover. Orange and hot pink have been the best colors in darker water while blue and green have been producing well in clearer water. Remain patient and check a variety of depths if you’re not getting bit as the fish have shown a tendency of late to change location from day to day.

In speaking with my friends and fishing colleagues Captain Brett Jolly and Captain Lucas Molepske, the big-water walleye bite on Green Bay has been very good throughout the month of June. Captain Jolly spends the bulk of his time on Green Bay and has been on top of the walleyes since the season opener; he reports that fish are being caught both by casting and trolling presentations, on crankbaits and livebait presentations.

The warm water temperatures have pushed the big northern pike to their deep water sanctuaries. Working large chubs or sucker minnows on jigs or below over-sized floats has worked well in proximity to deep weed lines. Casting parallel to the deep edges of the weeds with lifelike rubber presentations such as Bulldawgs and 10″ Titan Tubes is also accounting for some hefty pike. Where legal, trolling both open water and along deep structure has worked nicely for big pike in June. Crankbaits such as Invaders and Shallow Invaders have worked well as have large spinnerbaits like the Snyper and Thumper Junior produced by locally owned and operated Esox Edge lures.

Musky fishing has been above-average during June with some truly large fish having been caught and released, including a 54 ½” monster in NW Wisconsin and a 53″ brute here in Central Wisconsin. Fish have been relating to traditional musky structure dependably, especially weeds, and have been enthusiastically consuming large double-10 bucktails such as the Mepps H210 worked on a medium retrieve. Bulldawgs and hybrid crankbaits like the Kick’n Minnow have also worked well, both for fish relating to cover and for suspended muskies. The suspended musky bite on the deeper, clearer lakes to our North has been first-rate. Large crankbaits and rubber baits in natural patterns have been producing fish consistently in these cisco-based systems; in addition, night-fishing has been a terrific option for scoring on clear water.

Joel DeBoer
Wisconsin Angling Adventures
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FLORIDA: Stuart Area – Offshore & Inshore

Friday, June 25th, 2010

It has been a while since we fished in the Indian River but last week we had an enjoyable half day.

We caught a variety of species including jacks, catfish, and lady fish.

The highlight of the day was a permit that measured twenty one inches to the fork. It hit on a shrimp tipped jig and gave angler Josh Littman a run for his money on a light tackle rod. On another trip, we were chumming on the Sandpile for mutton snapper and hooked into two big nurse sharks on light tackle. My buddy’s rod broke as he finally got one of them to the boat. We surprisingly hooked a couple of yellowtail snapper on the same spot and lost a couple to kings and cudas.

Bottom fishing in fifty feet north of the St. Lucie Inlet, we loaded up on lane snapper and caught a lot of just undersized sea bass. We also hooked into a lot of Almaco jacks in the same area and boated a couple of amberjack.

On Fathers Day we caught our limit of kings in fifty feet near the Sandpile along with a few lanes. The live bait has been hit and miss and so has the dolphin bite, so stay in close until the offshore improves.

Capt. Kevin Drennan
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