I didn't know there were any sheephead in lake arbutus. I have fished there for over 50 years and never caught one or heard of one caught. Not saying there arn't any I just never heard of them there. For crap Head north to where East fork comes in and fish weed edges might be A good place to start. Good Luck
Camping at East Arbutus campground this coming week. I am wondering what the water levels are looking like up there. Are they pretty much normal for this time of year?
I am hoping to catch some nice sized Sheepshead (Freshwater Drum) for smoking while I am there. I wouldn't mind a couple nice carp either. Does anyone know a good spot and tactic to catch them. Yes, I know crawlers will catch the sheepshead, I just need to know where to fish for them basically. Or if anyone knows a failsafe method to land a couple carp, that would be nice. I will have a canoe along, but would be happy to fish them from shore too.
Check in with Chris at the bait shop next to Deerview Tavern. He will give you update on what is going on with the bite. I have not been out in a couple weeks on the lake but I am sure that it is a little muddy so look for cleaner water which on that lake is not that clean but will help.
Heading up end of the month for my family reunion and I have never really fished the lake. Any tips on what is biting or what I should be targeting while I am there? I'm not very picky just want to get on the water and catch some fish. Thanks in advance for and advice.
MOON PHASE (43%)
56° - 60° F
61° - 65° F
Got my dad on the water and we headed out to the east fork area. Main river channel is all mudded up again and lots of current in that area. Until they clean up main river channel watch for floating debris it is abundant.
Wind was out of northwest so east fork area not too bad near north shore. Water temps in that area were about 61-62 degrees. We trolled with minnows and had a great day in anything under 15 feet caught fish at all depths between 8-15 feet. Mostly walleyes and couple crappies. Ended up with a good bag of fish had six keeper walleye which is rare for this lake.
MOON PHASE (57%)
66° - 70° F
56° - 60° F
Fished from about noon to six yesterday on the lake. Main river channel was still mudded up but Arnold Creek and Windy Point/East Fork were okay. As the day went on Windy point area was getting some debris on surface. Still alot of floating timber on the lake so be careful driving around the lake.
Water temps have spiked up to near 60 and we were finding crappies in shallow water on slip bobbers and minnows. Best time for the bite was about noon to three and then seemed to quiet down.
MOON PHASE (87%)
31° - 35° F
Ice conditions have greatly improved and guys are getting around fine on almost all areas. The annual walleye tourney was 2/4 and overall a decent number of keeper fish were caught on different areas but mostly less than 15 feet of water. Yesterday we fished the afternoon in about 10-12 feet of water and had decent number of flags after 3 pm and two keepers.
The crappie bit has slowed a bit overall I think but I have not been out in the morning to see how that bite has been.
Thanks for the info Ken. We have a hockey game tonight and tomorrow morning but should be there around noon or so. We packed pretty light due to having too much hockey gear.
I will look for you tomorrow if you will be there and say hi.