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A friend and I headed to Lake Mercer on Monday morning, arriving at the Hoes Rd parking lot about 10am. Carrying a 14.5 foot canoe, with rods and gear inside, up and over the dam was no easy task, but we got it done and we're on the water by 10:30.
Air temp was about 42 deg F, wind was variable with some sustained gusts of 5-10mph, water clarity was good.
We used a variety of baits through the day, I had the most success with a Ned rigged 4” worm on a 1/8 oz jig head. The fish we landed were off the bank in 4-6' of water.
This guy was a bit deeper, and had some heavy black spots over his body (melanosis?).
Not pictured: a few dinks that bit on the Ned rig and a weightless Texas rigged Rage Tail Structure Bug.
I like Mercer and have heard stories of good LMB and catfish coming out of there.