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gmcsub
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7/14/15 12:23 PM CST
Check out isle bay resort they have some rentals.

Phack
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7/12/15 9:14 AM CST
My wife and I are looking to bring the kids up sometime the first week of August for 3 -4 days. My wife's grandparents had a place on the lake when she was a kid and wants to visit the area and do some fishing. I would like to rent a house or cabin on the lake with a pier for the boat. If you have any recommendations, please PM me. Thanks

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7/7/15 2:25 PM CST
Fished some Friday-Sunday. The lake was very busy as expected which had the fish "off" but still managed a few fish every day despite only fishing an hour or so. Heavy boat traffic and a constant barrage of fireworks had the fish overall deeper and negative.

The fish we did get were in about 14-16 FOW near structure, or in 5-6 FOW near dusk. Leeches were best for walleye, minnows worked for crappie. Tried some artificial, but didn't get many bites. We saw a few boats trolling, on what I think was about the 15' line, but they were moving pretty fast, so I'm guessing they were trolling cranks. Saw them boat a few smallish fish, but they had action.

The bloom is just starting and the shallow areas are getting quite warm. Surface temps were in the low 80s with mid water temps in mid 70's. I usually start to target suspended fish at those temps looking for the thermocline which I think is about 10' down right now.

Tight Lines

RJD1
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6/25/15 3:12 PM CST
Laketroutguy,Yes the edges of the channel are best and there is generally little or no structure. I have also had some success over cribs but not nearly as much as in the river channel.

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6/25/15 1:23 PM CST
RJD1: Thanks for the info. I take this fish are relating to the edges of the channel then. I don't assume they are on structure unless there are cribs close to the edges. I figured they were deep just wanted to ask the best structure to fish to find them. Holcombe seems like a pretty big body of water.

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6/25/15 12:43 PM CST
LAKETROUTGUY: Crappies often suspend over deep water in Holcombe this time of year. I have done very well fishing in the main river channel. The fish are usually suspended over deep water. I typically set slip bobbers with crappie minnows 7-8' down in 12-20fow. Casting with 1/16 to 1/8oz jigs w/twister tails works very well also.The fish are rarely more than 10' down even in 20fow. Ive actually had my best success during late afternoon/early evening on calm sunny days when you would expect nothing to be biting. Good luck

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6/25/15 12:03 PM CST
Looking for a little info regarding crappies. I see the comment of crappie are- "They are in there summer pattern".

Does that mean they are cribs or in the cabbage, or both. Anyone willing to share any info. PM if not willing to make comments public.

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6/25/15 10:56 AM CST
Targeted walleye for several days. The bite was pretty good, lots of slot fish and a few for the pan.

Most fish came in 14-20 FOW on leeches slowly jigged or pulled along the bottom with weedless jig heads. The fish I got were in or along the river channel or on flats directly adjacent to the channel. Glow and chartreuse were the best colors. We had bites all day, but the best bite was about 90 minutes before dark. The key was wood or rock structures. If you were able to fish regular jigs and not get frustrated by loosing tackle you were in the wrong place.

Crappie were on their summer pattern. We got a few suspended in the afternoon and then worked shallow areas near by at dusk. Only fished them one afternoon/evening but the bite was good, size was mixed with several in the 11-12 inch range. Glow jigging spoons tipped with waxies or a small minnow worked for the suspended fish. The same bait under a bobber worked best when they moved shallow. Red or green glow out-fished other colors at least 3 to one.

Chris2fur
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6/22/15 12:08 PM CST
Headed to Holcombe for my first time ever in 2 weeks. Mostly a college reunion camping party but would like to get out and fish for a few hours. Smallmouth are my favorite but largemouth, walleye, or pike would be fun too. Can anybody please point me in the right direction via private messenger? I won't have the means to freeze anything so it will be catch and release only and I'll probably never be back. Just want to enjoy a few hours of fishing and not abuse your hotspot. I will be on my buddy's pontoon.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

junior muskie hunter
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6/21/15 8:44 PM CST
Headed up the end of the month July muskie fishing. Fished the flowage for about five or more years and haven't caught a muskie. Hoping to break the ice this time. Was wondering if any of you guys had any tips or tactics. Thanks!

Bassman2189
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6/14/15 7:58 AM CST
my son and i are coming up within the next two months trying to target bass. can anyone give me any info i will have a boat. know nothing of the lake just here good things. p.m. me with anything would be great thanks and stay safe on the water.

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6/8/15 10:48 AM CST
I tried for gills on Friday and Saturday with limited success. The fish just weren't biting and I tried many spots and for several species. I'm blaming the weather, high pressure and windy the whole time.

I think the gills are just starting, but I could be wrong. Water temps are in the mid 60s. I didn't see beds, so I'm thinking they haven't really started yet.

We saw others targeting gills. They like us got a few but mostly small ones.

Good luck

wildwoods
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6/7/15 8:51 PM CST
I'm hoping to take my little guys out bluegill fishing this week. Can anyone tell me if the bluegills have spawned yet? I'm hoping we have good timing. Any feedback will be appreciated.

steins92
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5/31/15 8:31 PM CST
Hi there,

I am taking my dad out to Holcombe June 5 through the 8th. I've never fished the lake before but would appreciate and sort of tips/advice anyone would be willing to give. We would be mainly crappie and walleye fishing, but would love to get into any other species that this body of water has to offer. My dad has never caught a smallmouth before, so that would be cool as well! Feel free to message me with any tips you may be willing to share.

Thanks, Shane

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5/28/15 6:55 AM CST
Lake Holcombe is very closely controlled. The water levels are normal right now. The lake level changes about 6" every day. The water level drops from sunrise to sunset and rises over night.

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