1/26/2014 :: Fishing Report.
Sunday was a tough day of fishing.
I launched out of Elm Hill around 2pm after a lucky coincidence. While I was paying the ramp fee, I met Jermie [from the boards] who was also putting in at the same time. We both jumped in my boat and ran to some of my usual down lake spots. We started by fishing the bluffs between Elm Hill and Hamilton Creek. We shallow cranked the transition up until the bluff wall with shad raps. Nothing happening with that. Then we tried a little deeper. Looking at the graph, there were lots of fish stacked up on the drop from 30-40ft. Then again down at about 50ft. This has been the deal for the past 3-4wks. Fishing drop shot and jigging spoon, we didn’t have any bites. So, instead of sitting in the wind and shade, we pulled around the corner to sailboat cove. We fished the bank opposite the exposed roadbed. Water temps here were around 38-39 with a lot of wind blowing into the bank. I immediately had a bite, but didn’t hook up. Fishing through this area all the way to the last finger before the marina yielded zero fish. We idled back over and fished the drop one more time with no success. So, we ran back to Elm Hill to finish up before dark. After breaking through some ice, we cranked with shad-raps and flat-sided crankbaits. I did have one bite on the flat-side crankbait at the boat, but it didn’t hook up. Jermie also had a fish on momentarily back in the shallows. By this time, it was dark. So, we headed out. First day in a while that I’ve been totally zero’d. It happens though. I’m happy to have gotten a chance to fish with one of the guys from the boards. Hopefully next time we’ll catch something.
Conditions :: lower lake – 37-39degree water temp – moderate winds out of the S/SW – 1-3ft water clarity
Catch :: Zero
Technique :: Finesse cranking shad-raps around scattered rock in 0-6ft of water, drop-shot 30-40ft, spoon 30-40ft
Misc Details :: Lots of loons on the main lake point at Hamilton Creek. A couple of herons in the water in the back of Elm Hill. Some ice in Elm Hill Marina
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