No prob keeping largemouth, pike, and musky on certain lakes but when the number that have left Rock lake are taken it messes up the whole balance of the lake. Proof is obvious for those of us that have fished lake for over 20 years.
MOON PHASE (65%)
76° - 80° F
76° - 80° F
Went out the other day for 3 hrs targeting gills. Alright action, caught around 25 total with 13 keepers. I was drifting the deeper part of the lake and catching fish 25 ft down.
MOON PHASE (99%)
I am hearing same thing from lots of guys about gills being hard to come by, I have only tried twice, once was last week and was a struggle caught 3 decent ones in 6 hours. Just another example of balance of lake being messed up from all the bass and pike being kept in winter. I would try Monona instead Jester, whenever I have time to make the drive I always limit out on gills over 8 inches with some nice crappie, perch, and walleye mixed in. If you do fish Rock the 3 decent ones I caught were on the Northwest side on waxies.
Finally have some time off from work. My family and I are going to fish early tomorrow morning. I know this lake really well, but have only fished a few times this year. We have fished for gills but with little success. Any pointers you all can give me? I have never struggled on this lake like I have this year. The kids are even starting to think that I don't know how to fish....lol.
Fun tournament, bite was tougher than it has been in recent days, blaming the lack of wind. 34 boats and winner had 12.34 or close to that. My bro and I caught couple smallies biggest being close to 2.5 lbs. Guessing there were about 85 fish brought to scale with big fish being around 4.25 lbs. Rock has really dropped off over the last 5-7 years, I can remember when 3-5 lbders were not very hard to come by, seems like if you get one in 8 hours these days you had a great day. I know I have said it before but the thousands of bass that leave the lake during winter defintely has taken its toll on the quality fish that once swam in Rock. Other lakes in area that dont have tons of bass being kept in winter have tournament weights double from what was weighed at Rock today.
MOON PHASE (98%)
81° - 88° F
76° - 80° F
Flipped docks with Texas rig chompers and trick worms late afternoon yesterday not much luck. One LMB and one rock bass and lost 2 LMB. Day ended up being very windy. First time fishing here