Cold and windy day on the Stone. One fish and it was a 36 inch Musky caught on a Mepps.
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Went out last Wednesday (9/13/17) and fished from the boat for 3 hours. Tried several different spots and never got a bite. I can't remember ever seeing it this poor before and I've fished this lake for many years.
Anyone else having any luck?
Does anyone shoot carp on this lake? A few years ago I tried to talk to a park person on the phone about it and they just him hawed around about me taking a boat out at night to shoot carp. Like I was the first person to attempt this on the lake. I assume there are carp in this lake. It was awful when I was a kid.....Have not been on this lake in 30 some years. Does it have carp making it worth while to take a boat out?
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Fished Yellowstone from shore Saturday afternoon, 3 pm until 6 pm. Targeted catfish and they didn't let me down. Caught 4 and had several other bites. Biggest one was about 10 pounds. Also caught 4 turtles. They love the same bait the cats do - cut up suckers! Sure was windy Saturday but I think that helped the bite.
Note: the picture of the fish I'm showing was not the one I claimed to be 10 pounds. We did not get a picture of that one. My phone died! :-(
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61° - 65° F
What a difference a week makes. Fished May 25 and couldnt find any crappies in the A.M. Did catch 4 nice bass. One was a 4 pounder but that was below the dam by the bridge.
I really liked the comments by Trapperguy and Walleyepro. I too have been fishing quite a few years at the Stone. Alot of big fish in the lake. I just dont think there are alot of them. I think they lose some quality fish over the dam. I seen a couple of 40 inch plus Musky's this week down river.
Does anyone know when the last time this lake was even stock with walleye? Tightlines everyone.....
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I agree with walleyepro608 completely.This lake has only been around since 1954/55. It is only 455 acres. I grew up in Monroe and fished here a lot as a kid and into College. In the 70's , there were two distinct shanty towns that would set up over large mid-lake weed beds. They produced all winter. One was out front of the the east boat launch and the other was slightly east, and out front of the west launch. Panfishing in the summer was very good as well. There are three branches of creeks that all flow into Yellowstone to the west that create a great deal of silt and farm field run off. Which in turn brought a great deal of rough fish. Carp do a real number on weed beds. So does the run off. Add into that the overrun of pleasure boaters and jet skis and the lake never has a chance to clear up and give those weed beds a chance to come back. The only time they truly grow is summer. They drained the lake in the late 70's/ early 80's to get rid of Rough fish issues, but when the lake refilled there was a huge outbreak of bullheads and the lake took a little longer to get to a decent panfish supply. Still the pleasure boaters, still no weeds. They did another draining in the 1990's to address the problem of the rough fish and yet again to no avail. Still pleasure boaters, still no weed beds. They did propose to make this a no-wake lake and took it to Lafayette County for a vote. But a lot of local people created a fuss because they didn't want to have to travel to put in their ski boats and jet skis to play around and keep the lake all stirred up. So then they thought about perhaps creating structure by adding brush piles and adding a new species to the mix- Crappies. Don't get me wrong, there were crappies in the lake since it was started, but they tend to do better with the brush, and since they couldn't get the weeds to grow, let's make our own structure. That is great, but wood decays and rots. Settles to the bottom and disappears. If you really want to see this lake come back to great angling again, I feel they need to do several things. They really need to add more piles and also add to the existing ones to benefit the fish populations. You won't see this because of the pleasure boat traffic. They need deeper water to put them in so ski ropes and props don't get caught in. So they need to make it a no wake body of water. If not completely, then reduced hours. If they do this it will allow the beds to re-establish in areas they now vacate. And if at all possible, put in some form of carp nets on those tributaries to keep rough fish invasion reduced. I realize minnows will get through, but doing nothing at all allows all the adu!ts complete access to the lake.
But because this is now a State park, it is managed for all users and none of this will happen, and it will continue to be that lagoon that Walleyepro608 mentioned in his post. Why can't pleasure boating mean Canoeing and kayaking and slowly cruising around the lake instead of washing the lake shore back into the lake and allowing no sunlight back to the weeds? In the DNR history post of this lake, it says that this lake was going to be one of this states finest lakes. But that was before 100 HP motors and the personal water craft. Now it is just another of this states green water sloughs. I will get off my soap box now and just say things don't change unless we voice our concerns and institute change.