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Mr.Bass
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4/25/16 8:39 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F
Sometimes it pays to watch the weather radar, ignore forecasts and judge the imminent weather on your own. Went out early this morning to fish crappies while the warm weather was still here and the rain was coming in the PM. Fished (without the usual competition from weekend anglers) numerous favorite spots on the river and Lake. Lucky to find them early on by one spot, I call the 'sunken Jon Boat'. One of my best short morning trips in years. Small to medium fatheads on a pencil bobber. Kept 19, with all fish between 9 1/2 and 12". Started at 6:30 am and on my way home by 9. Supper included filets, Bush baked beans, rye (bread that is) , and apple sauce. It doesn't get much better! Smile

Thanks to Scotty at the River City Marina for the photos.

Gill 1774
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4/25/16 8:12 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Stopped out for quick hour or two before the weather change and fished off shore. Slower bite only half dozen gills but got an unexcted surprise of 4 nice bullheads up to 12". Kept one just to try out. Took one of Plmlk famous hand pics minus the hand cause nowhere to set the camera.

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4/24/16 7:52 PM CST
Figured if Gill 1774 could catch some fish, pretty much anyone should be able to do it, so I headed out for a few hours.

They were biting really light, you had to be quick to set the hook or they'd clean you out.

I have 2 lake spots and 3 river spots that I favor in early to mid spring. Today, although there were not too many folks fishing, I found boats parked in 3 of my 5 favorite spots. Guess they are not much of a secret lol

I found the same as Gill 1774 - not much action on fatheads, ice fishing jigs / small red hooks tipped with crawler chunks took most of the fish.

Water on the lake was 57, 60 on the river, 62 in the back bays.

Ended the day with a bunch of average Gills (7-8 inches), and two Drum. Everybody is still swimming.

Found most of the action on the river 6 to 8 feet off of shore by the deeper breaks...

Juniorangler55
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4/24/16 7:11 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Well today was very interesting... Started out today launching from the Waterford launch and had no problem navigating. We got two bluegill right away off of fox island. Both on crawlers. We then proceeded to fish some shallow bays in tichigan and then some more shallow water in the fox. For me who doesn't know too much about tichigan we were having really slow to no action. We pulled the boat, got some lunch and headed over Beulah. Won't put a Beulah report on tichigan but we slated the bluegill! Up in the shallows got 40 nothing too big but most eaters. Based on my experience Beulah was a little easier to fish for me. While I was there I did fall in though with my new iPhone... Got it to turn so I'm writing this report... My sound doesn't work and my microphone haha Yawn the fishing made up for it though good luck and tight lines!

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4/24/16 3:37 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Had to get out on the river today before Plmlk gets all the fish. Bluegills were biting by noon when it got warm and got around 15 all over 8" off shore and also a sheephead and a bass. All on crawler pieces nothing else worked.

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4/23/16 8:11 PM CST
Going out tomorrow any help were to find panfish in the river ......same places as fall? Thanks. And i agree this is 1 of the better treads on this site...ps i also have posted help in the past ...will post how i do tomorrow. .. thanks again

Juniorangler55
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4/22/16 10:16 PM CST
Thanks all! I'll put a report up on how we do! Very nice people on this thread Smile

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4/22/16 9:10 PM CST
Junior-

There are no stumps to hit if you launch in Waterford - for the most part it is "muck" bottom.

The channel markers are not out yet - so if it is your first time out on the Fox / Tichigan you may have trouble figuring out where you are at / going.

Also, if you do end up going out, there are Gills to be had on the river. A buddy and I went out last night and caught around 20 or so. I have not been on Tichigan proper yet this year, so I can't give you any tips...

Best of luck!

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4/22/16 11:14 AM CST
Junior-

I've never launched up river from the lake at that launch. That upper launch is the one guys run into problems coming down from at times with the shallow water. It isn't so much stumps, just shallow water above muck/sand. It is much closer though.

Waterford - from there up, it is all open channel without stumps and such. Not sure if all the markers are in yet, but if you stay anywhere near the usual channel, it is a clean and easy run up.

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4/22/16 10:50 AM CST
Howdy all! Going out on sunday since the farther north the more it looks like it will rain. My main question is where is the best place to launch? I have a 17 foot aluminum bass boat that drafts little. Should I launch way down in Waterford? I've never navigated the fox and are there too many stumps and what not that I could hit? I plan on fishing in the main lake so I think launching in Waterford wouldn't be too smart. Also if any of you have some pointers about where to start for pannies that would be great. You can pm me and I could direct you to some good spots on bago. Thanks!

Gill 1774
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4/18/16 3:35 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F
Decided to hit the river one more time since weather going downhill starting tomorrow. Still got bluegills but bit slower than yesterday but no cats or no accidental bass not that I want to catch them now but they pretty much left town. Still nice day to be out but could've used a little bit of shade. Crawler pieces were the only thing that worked for the gills and one 10" crappie that I caught. Oh also got one decent sized sheephead which I almost kept and put in Plmlks mailbox.

Mr.Bass
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4/17/16 5:17 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F
Went out at sunrise from the Marina--first one to launch. Worked just about every spot I know for early crappies. I was surprised at the number of boats already in most shallow bays. Not much at all early, but as temp went up fish got more cooperative. Took home 16, decent sized crappies. Surprised that a few were females spawned out. My eye-sight is not what it once was or I would have taken down a boat ID number. In one shallow area on the river, there was a single fisherman working big jigs and 4" tails for bass. I saw him catch one and release it, then miss a few others. When he saw me staring at him, he worked away from me. For what it's worth: Off-white speed-boat, 200HP Mercury, tall pedestal seats, two separate wind-shields; fisherman was short and stocky with Santa-like white beard. I got the feel he may have just come out from a local home judging by his clothes. Big Smile Angry

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4/17/16 3:34 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny
Water temps went up fast to near 60 so knew the fishing would pick up. Took the grandson out to the river and fished off a shore spot I know. Gills starting to bite but not hot, got about a dozen kept only 5 than grandson got his favorite fish a catfish 26" approx. and than bass were hitting our pieces of crawlers even though they're not open yet. Got eight of them 14"-18.5". Let all go gently of course after pic or two. Almost got too warm with that sun after snow and 40s week ago.

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4/12/16 8:19 PM CST
That's right, beer always close by! Already getting it nice and cold so it's ready for the end of a long summer day on the lake.

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4/12/16 8:12 PM CST
Don't pick on me or I won't keep coaching you on how to fish. Besides I had to sell my walker to pay for gas for the Silverado.

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