6-14-03 - One hour is NOT ENOUGH!
Waters Fished: Lake Como
Fish Caught: 17 (if I was Babe Winkleman!). Truthfully, 0!
Outing Date: 6-14-03
Air Temp: probably upper 60's
Water Temp: 72F
Water Level: Normal
Water Color: typical 6" visibility
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass
Pattern Fished: Various Surface Offerings (Poppers, Sliders etc.)
Pattern Color: Blue & Black, Yellow & Black
Fishing Quality: Typical BS
All week I've been one big pent up ball of FISHING
RAGE; I NEEDED to get on the water FAST. Saturday morning I got
up; normally I'd head out for a full day of fishing but THIS TIME
I had a wedding to go to and TONS of things to do in preparation
for the big event (not to mention a 2 hour ride just to get there).
9:00, after a good breakfast by MOM, I pushed off
the boat. I would have roughly ONE HOUR to fish, and that was cutting
it close. Along for the ride was my 9' 8 wt. with floating line;
hopefully the bass would be hitting the surface!
One thing I've always noticed is how dramatically
the aquatic vegetation changes with the seasons. Much more weeds
present; had to clear the motor after only a mile. I headed to the
east half of the lake (the eastern 2 1/2 miles of the lake are wetlands
/ nature preserve...at least I think they still are). Now, a lot
of anglers tell me that the 500 feet or so of shoreline right where
we live is THE HOTTEST shoreline in the lake, and all I have to
say is I've LIVED THERE on and off for 26 years and I DISAGREE.
Well, some reeds had pushed up through the surface
of the water; I didn't remember them from a couple weeks back when
Bart & M and I got out. They looked awful fishy. Besides, I
counted a couple boats working the shoreline ahead; I had no desire
to fish areas that were currently being worked. So I rowed to the
edge of the reeds, dropped anchor and started working it.
During my time here I hung up a few times, even
with a heavy mono weed-guard, but I didn't lose any poppers. I started
with dark, figuring that might cast the best shadow from the surface,
but after 30 minutes switched up to yellow & black (the LC standard!)
I sighted a couple bass jump up within the reeds in the distance;
wasn't sure what they were jumping for / feeding on but at least
I could confirm there were bass in the area.
I also noticed a lot of shoreline activity, so
after 40 minutes or so I worked my way over to see what was going
on. Turns out the carp are spawning. Water thrashing and boiling
beneath the lilies all up and down the shore. I bet those guys were
fishing the shore thinking they were on the Bass or something; just
makes me laugh! With all the activity going on I'm pretty sure the
bass were NOT sitting there in the shallows; I think the reeds were
indeed the place to be that morning.
Granted I only had 1 HOUR on the lake this morning;
many people come back empty handed with that kind of effort. On
the way back I cruised the north shore a bit but found that it was
totally overgrown with weeds...had to stop numerous times just to
clear the prop and I was only traveling about a mile. Tons of fish
thrashing at the surface; again I'm assuming more spawning carp
in the vegetation.
10:00 am and my trip was already over before I
had even really started! Fortunately the wedding was a one-day affair.