Out last night. Mixed bag. Plastics and crappie minnows. Gills, crappies, small and largemouth bass, and rock bass. Also got bit off. Nothing very big. Two of the crappie had those nasty red pustules. One had them in it's mouth. Never saw that before. Nasteee. Carp still dying, floating, and stinking. Rat.
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Took half a day off. Fished gills 12:30 to 3:30. Constant fish on but size was small. Maybe a half dozen keeper size. All still swimming except maybe one swallower (Gull food). Went out on a boat from 5 to 7:30. Weather went from beautiful to bad in that time frame. Slow fishing. Partner did pull in a barely legal pike on a panfish rig. That was the highlight.
Still many carp floating/rotting/stinking. Seeing sick carp swimming around. They don't move so well and have areas of white on their bodies. I can't see any negatives since it's an introduced specie. Rat.
Out at the terrace last night for an hour and a half. Started catching gills right away and then they quit biting around 7pm. Left before 8pm. Water nasteee green with black scummy floating crap. Add the dead carp smell and it was an easy choice to head out. Fall fishing coming. With the warm weather the lakes will be busy all week. After that hopefully they put them away. Good luck out there. Rat.
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Went out Tuesday evening. Lake was covered in algae on the north side by Olbrich Park. The rest of the lake was pea soup. Nothing biting for me in 25 FOW or 10 FOW aside from smaller white bass. On my way back in I marked schools of fish in any area that was a drop off between 15 and 21 FOW but not sure what they were.
I also assumed the carp had been left by bowhunters (apologies, bowhunters...you guys are cool (and crazy) as hell). Saw some fish shallow by the terrace rocks this evening and two fellows struggling mightily to release a muskie caught on the troll near the terrace. Waters on the cool.
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Out last night for an hour or so. No one else fishing at the terrace. I know why. Nothing biting. Smell of dead rotting carp wherever you go.
That disease seems to be hitting a specific sized carp. It's amazing how close in size and body structure the carp I have saw floating around have been. Just an observation but wonder if maybe there's a certain year class that's been hit harder than others by this.
When I first started seeing the floaters a couple weeks ago I figured it was an unethical bowman out there but looking at several fish I never saw any arrow holes. I'm just glad it's carp and not a desirable species. Way too many carp anyway. Rat.
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As usual, holiday weekends great for fishing....no one on the lake, Olin launch EMPTY at noon when I left (less than 10 trailers).
Can someone confirm that this is a rock bass? 99% sure, but the color and patterns on it are a tad strange. All the rock bass I've caught before are much darker, brown....copper-colored. Thanks
edit: pic does not show it, but the eyes were red like a rock bass