February 19, 2022
Water temp: 52.5 to 54
Clarity is some places 20 feet
Weather: Sunny 37 am 75 pm
Wind: 0am, early pm about 4
I got on the water about 0700 and I was met with calm glass conditions. My First run was towards the dam and picked a spot for my A rig on a flat. Three casts into it I hook up, but it’s a dink just barely over a pound. Well that blows but it’s a hookup. The day might be looking up. I fish for another 45 minutes and nothing so I move down the lake. I fished for them anywhere from 10 feet to 40 feet, practically any flat that had shown fish. It was difficult to stay at depth because I lost power to my front graph.
Finally after 45 minutes of Chuck and Wined I hook up again and once again a rat at 1.7 pounds. I guess I should be encouraged but….I’m not. I switched from A rigs to an LV on and off throughout the morning and at 0900, a good hour and a half later, I catch an LV fish yo yoing it. And again it’s another rat at 1.6 pounds. With a few more casts it’s now 09:30 and things got quiet.
I load out and head upstream to where Chris Perez and I had some luck at the RB Christmas get together. A rigs, LVs and jigs….nothing. The pictures you see of the foundation under water was about 6 feet up the bank in December. You also see a buoy that is about 3 feet underwater. I think the lake rose maybe 8-10 feet in that January rainstorm.
I pulled up stakes and searched here and there continually moving upstream with Zero results….no bites anywhere. It all shut off by 0930. I fished until about 2pm and callled it a day. After 5 straight hours of no bites I called it day.
You might want to know there is a Fee Schedule change for 2022. Daily use and launch fee for truck and boat off season is $17.50, and then another $7.25 for you Fishing Access Daily Permit…so $24.75 gets you in the gate off season. For On Season add another $4.
This no bite thing seems to be everywhere and with everybody. I stopped and talked to 3 sets of bass fisherman and they only had one single bass. It was the same with trout trollers. About 1 out of 8 boats had any trout, most left empty handed.
Well there you have it…not pretty but it was a day on the water. It’s got to get better. Remember the future of our sport is kids, so take them fishing……. and hunting and shooting.
RB Bass Angler and Hunter