1/4/2014 :: Fishing Report
I fished yesterday (1/4) from about 1:00-4:00 on the lower end of the lake.
I launched out of Elm Hill (big surprise) around 1pm with moderate to high winds out if the south/southwest. Water temps in the marina were around 41-43 depending on where the sun was hitting. I was planning to fish drop shots on any bluffs that I coud find out of the wind. This wasn’t really a well thought out plan. After a quick and very bumpy ride, I stopped at the bluff wall that runs between Hamilton Creek and Elm Hill. With the wind ripping down the bluff, I started on the transition from the bluff into the pocket on the Hamilton creek side. I got one bite on a smoke w/ black and red flake tube, but missed the fish. The wind had a pretty good bow in my line. I picked up a shad rap and slowly started fishing out around the point towards the seam in the current. Once I got out to the main lake side of the point – which I’ve heard called “oriental point” by some old timers – I finally got a subtle bite on the shad rap. It wasn’t much of a bite as much as just a mushy feel. After an uneventful fight and some wet gloves, I boated a healthy LMB. She measured 19.5″ on the golden rule. I didn’t have my scale handy, but the fish was fat and easily pushing 5lbs. I fished the area a little longer with no success. Water temp here was 40. Then I ran over to the ledge at Cooks. The wind there made it tough to fish with any efficiency. I fished down that bluff over to the swimming cove. Nothing here on silver buddies or the tube. I think if I had given it more time, there might have been fish there, but I just blew through it. I fished for a few mins at goose island with no success. Then headed back and fished the marina with no success. All in all not a bad outing. The warmest water I found was 43.5 the coldest was 39.0. Water on the main lake was relatively clear with a slight green stain. Water in the shallows was stained more heavily down lake.
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