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#1 Aug-18-19 8:05AM

Ernie
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Local watermen: Bass fishing the worst in years


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#2 Aug-18-19 8:28AM

drxfish
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Re: Local watermen: Bass fishing the worst in years

Definitely getting to be serious.  I hope next Spring we get good news.  Pretty sad, really.


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#3 Aug-18-19 11:27AM

Junger
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Re: Local watermen: Bass fishing the worst in years

Might need to close fishing season during spawn months.

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#4 Aug-18-19 12:59PM

Ernie
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Re: Local watermen: Bass fishing the worst in years

Junger wrote:

Might need to close fishing season during spawn months.

At least close it to people keeping and /or putting fish in live wells (tourneys).

I am usually shad fishing in April. If they spawn in May, I may catch one but I have no clue where they spawn so I have never targeted them there...or would in the future.

I watch people target spawning fish at the AV ponds. You can see them and get them agitated enough to get a bite. At least, most of them return the fish right there. But there are always poachers looming around....


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#5 Aug-18-19 1:01PM

Ernie
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Re: Local watermen: Bass fishing the worst in years

drxfish wrote:

I hope next Spring we get good news.

Yes, but that would not help the conditions we have now...for a long while.


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#6 Aug-19-19 9:12AM

hookup
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Re: Local watermen: Bass fishing the worst in years

Ernie wrote:

I have no clue where they spawn

Pretty easy to spot beds in clear water.  In Canada Leon and I saw many bass on their beds - avoided casting to them to let them do their thing.  But once you've seen a bass on its bed, you know

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#7 Aug-19-19 9:16AM

Ernie
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Re: Local watermen: Bass fishing the worst in years

Yep...I just don't go looking for them. Too fragile especially in the Upper 'mac.


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#8 Aug-19-19 9:48AM

drxfish
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Re: Local watermen: Bass fishing the worst in years

Ernie wrote:

drxfish wrote:

I hope next Spring we get good news.

Yes, but that would not help the conditions we have now...for a long while.

That is true.  The future is still TBD and I hope for the best.  Scary to think this is the beginning of the end.


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#9 Aug-19-19 11:18AM

Ernie
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Re: Local watermen: Bass fishing the worst in years

drxfish wrote:

Scary to think this is the beginning of the end.

Wait...what? You know something I don't?


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#10 Aug-19-19 12:25PM

hookup
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Re: Local watermen: Bass fishing the worst in years

Bass can move 30 miles up or down river.  They also can get lock jaw which is understandable with the wonky weather patterns we've been having.  The bass are still around, finding them is a challenge.  Then getting them to bite is a whole new issue.

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