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West Lake 8/22/09
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just took a look at the turn into the camping park on google earth from ground level from one of those embedded photos, you can see the stone pillars and a flag waving in the background, you could almost smell the gizzards on the grill. btw it looks to be about 5miles past the turn to west.




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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, feel free to fill in what I miss.

Dave U. and I made the drive to West on Thursday evening. We arrvied around 11:30 and tried to get some sleep at the ramp on a windy night. The police arrived at 3 AM to check on us. But we did get a few hours sleep.

On the water on Friday morning around 6:15. Fished until 6:30 that evening. A very windy day with afternoon sideways rain made it interesting. Around 6 PM the wind died down, so we left the lake. What we found is you could catch short fish everyplace on about any plastic you wanted to throw at them. But Clubs and Missouris were hard for us to find. We really only had 2 spots we felt we could catch fish on, and they were on opposite ends of the lake. At the far end, Dave hit a 19" and I had a Club and shook off a few fish. At the boat ramp end, I hit a pair of 14.50" fish on back to back casts and lost a Missouri in the cove across from the boat ramp. For the day I had 2 small Missouris, a hand full of Clubs and 20 shorts or so. Dave had 2 nice Missouris, a few Clubs and lots of shorts. At the camp ground heard stories about all the big fish being caught and felt like we were missing something. Scottie and Larry had hit some good fish out in brush piles off the bank. We fished those as well and struggled with catching fish. Scott did say he felt the fish were suspended, so that helped. Randy had lost a good fish on a crankbait, so that supported the suspended theory.

Saturday we blasted off #4, still not sure if we should make the trip to the far end or stay on the boat ramp side. Decided to spend 30 minutes in the cove across from the boat ramp before moving up the lake. First pass I threw a jig and shakey head, not a tap. Turned around at the road bed, picked up a Senko, hit a 17.50" and 14.50" fish on the Senko on pass #2. Pass #3 yielded an 18.25" fish. Pass #4 nothing. We are an hour in now, decided to go up the lake to spot #2. After an hour of fishing shallow with a Jig and Beaver, no bites. Ended up on a set of trees that were close to the bank on the west side between the 2 west coves. Dave hit a 14.50" fish on a Senko. I found some brush off the bank between the trees, and finally hit a 14.50" on a Shaky Head (Mag Finesse Worm). It is pushing 11 AM now. We run into the Culvert cove, I hit a 12" on wood using a 1/32 oz Shaky head and a Baby Ring Fry to complete my limit. Hit another 12" on the same bait on the rocks in front of the Culvert. Dave hit a 14.50" in the Culvert. At 11:30 we are back on our starting spot. Dave hits a 15.50" fish right away. We make the turn, I am wanting to throw an Senko, but thinking it is to windy for that. I then think of a Beaver or a Ring Fry. Thinking it might be to windy for a Ring Fry, but Dave said he felt it could be done. Thinking about the suspended fish deal, decided to go with the Ring Fry. The third or fourth cast with a Black/Blue Ring Fry, had a bite. It was a big fish, ran at the boat, had me on a short string. Now it decided to fight. I had to engage the reel and thumb the spool to keep the fish from breaking me off, did that 3 or 4 times before Dave finally netted it. That was really a fun fish to play out, ended up being a 19 5/8ths. It was just a few minutes before 12:00. We fished around the last 2 hours, ran back to the Culvert cove, back on our starting spot, finally followed the winning boat down the damn. After watching Father John boat a couple nice fish, we both had jigs on. I had a fish swirl on my jig on a laydown on the bank of the damn. Had a good look at him and knew it was a Club. Dave threw back in and hit a 13" fish for his 4th and final fish.

I really felt fortunate to catch what I did, I never did feel I had the fish figured out. Used some of the info from the camp ground and heard what Dave was telling me he said he thought a Ring Fry could be fished, ended up with a good card. You did have to work for your bites, but it was another fun trip with the SBBC.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will preface this by saying my description hopefully doesn’t come off as full of excuses and woulda coulda shoulda’s… because ultimately they got to get in the boat and that didn’t happen for me Saturday.

I don’t know west very well, and know its always fished a bit weird to me. Dave A blasted ahead of us and started on the spot I wanted to start on so we continued to the next small midlake point with timber and started fishing. After about 10 min I hit a 12”er on a beaver and just arrogantly threw it back thinking it wasn’t going to count. After a whole hour without a bite, I hit another 12” and quickly measured this guy very concerned at this point on how screwy the fishing seemed already.

After missing a couple of solid bites, I hooked a nice fish and saw it boil about 15ft from the boat before coming unhooked. Looked like a good missouri, 17+.

Jumped to the next wooded point heading north… solid bite out in 12ft of water on the beaver, set the hook and 2 sec later the line breaks. Felt heavy.

Set the hook again in 10ft and another heavy fish gets off. Obviously frustrated, we kept fishing to the north. We read the map and jumped up to a cut bank on the north end where the channel cut near shore. I told lou that if there are going to be any fish up in the weeds today, that this was the area as the boat was about 10ft from shore and in 8ft of water… on my very next cast I hooked the big guy and was trying to play him and net him myself…but he was too heavy and kept requiring me to drop the net and fight him back with 2 hands… lou grabbed the net then and got him. Just shy of 20.5”. Beaver fish.

Left the area 45 min later and went to the other side of the lake to a wooded point. First cast with a beaver I hit one just short of 15” out in 8ft of water. Knowing that most of the good bites were out deeper, I figured that big one was a fluke and decided to start heading back up the lake toward the boat ramp just hitting each point along the way… we ended up on the long round point that has contours and depth changes all over it. Looked like a great spot, except it was not very productive. Lou hit a few shorts, I missed 2 other bites, both which felt solid. These were on a ring fry. Both bites were those that came back with an inch of ring fry… just bad luck. I also hit 2 shorts.

We ended up on the dam and fished it out deep with a shaky head. Caught a short & missed another decent bite. Can’t figure out why… just shaking my head now.

We fished from the boat ramp point heading towards the casino cove point. That shoreline is littered with wood, although it isn’t real deep. Could only muster up an 11.75”. Ended up down the casino cove at 1:40… then came my choking under fire. Got the bite I’d been looking for, hauling a big one out of some deep brush… lou was going for the net, but I had him hooked good and he looked ready to come up. As I was swinging him in, the line went “SNAP!”. And he fell into the water just laying there for enough time for me to take a stab at him with my hands! No luck… and that is what should have happened for being stupid. I sometimes forget the importance of netting, especially having gone years without that happening. I even boat flipped the 19.5” pre-spawn 5lb female at boji with the same rod / reel / line. Prob a heavier fish.

Anyway, learning the hard way is what it takes me sometimes to cure irrationality… I will bet using the net much more, as that makes me sick to lose what looked to be a 20”er that way.

Excuses! 

Good job guys… for being what seemed like a very tough day, there were some excellent limits brought in…
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nathan and I fished for about 90 minutes Friday evening. We fished across the damn and into the first cove on the West side. We had several fish bite us on the damn and I had one big one grab a crank bait out in the trees on the first point.. We had enough action that I though being boat # 2 it might be a good place to start and fill a card Saturday morning.. Jesse and I went over the damn twice Saturday he got his 15.5 and I got luck and stuck a 12" er.. So much for the filling the card idea.. Jesse had never been on the lake so we went boating. Ended up in the big cove on the upper end North side.. We watched List crack a couple in the back end and I finaly got a 14.5 to take my crankbait. It had to be 10:30 or so.. We went across the lake and followed Kozel from point to point, we found tons of fishy water.. At 12:30 we were going to go back to the damn but it was covered so we decided to dump into the Casino boat cove and worked the deeper trees off of the shore line. At 1 pm I had my big fish hit a Caorlina rigged black and blue trick stick from the bottom of a big tree out in about 8' of water. I then started flippin my green jig to the bases of the big trees in that cove, hooked a 15". and had two other big fish bite and hooked for a few seconds but both came unbuttoned for some reason.. I guess I will have to change my jig.. I think it is the same one I had on at Anita.Smile .. I wished that we would have had another 1/2 hour.. It seemed to me that the fish turned on or we had finally found them.. It was a great day to fish. Jesse was a great net man. The beer was cold the fire was warm.. My only complaint was that I slept right through the Arkansas women and camper thing.. I hope that someone would wake me up next time we have that kind of entertainment going on... Smile It sure would have been a small field to start had you guys not been able to get her moved...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did anybody see a thermocline at about 17ft. all across the main body out from the boat ramp, at least that is what it looked like on the cheap hb. lol




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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasn't paying attention to my Depth Finder when moving around. It is possible though.

Sounds like my theory about not knowing what I was doing on Saturday was true. More missed fish in this one than in most. I only had 1 that I missed, had a Senko bite break me off shortly after the hook set. Fish felt solid, but it was on a weedline, we didn't catch a good fish on a weedline Friday or Saturday. I do know there are a few Walleye in that lake and a bunch of Catfish.

The bass in that lake sure are healthy. After I hit my last 14.50" fish I said to Dave that if the Clubs fight this hard in the lake, I wonder what a 19+" fish would do. The one I did manage to catch didn't dissappoint.

Solano mentioned something about their bigger fish looking like they had been raked and were even to the point of bleeding. Wondering if there are not some huge flatheads in the lake as well? We did see a catfish rig unload right before we left the ramp on Saturday. I don't believe there are any 'skis in the lake. I guess the other option is that there was an old barbwire fence where JS's boat caught those fish (lol). There were some old fences in the coves around the lake.

Moose, did that fish you missed on Friday come on the point that JS ended up fishing? That point must have been loaded with big fish.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep.. It was on the first point South of the Damn on the West side. We fished it one lap Friday and once on Saturday am.. It was the only fish that I remember bumping a bait.. I threw crank bait on it both trips by, Jesse was fishing a Texas rigged beaver... We were out a full cast from the bank and were trying to hit the shallow water on the bank back to the boat.. We may have been in to close ???? If I recall I think we were over about 10' clear back to the silt damn or road bed what ever it is...
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