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8-4-06 - Looking down the hill at Blackwell Lake.

Heavy weed growth lined the shore.

To my right was an island in the middle of the lake...there's some great warmwater structure to fish IF you're in a boat...from shore, not so much!

I made it to "Renee's Tree", just outside of Fennimore, just after sunset.

8-04-06 - Sneaking off to fish!

Waters Fished: Blackwell Lake
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 8-4-06
Weather: Clear & Sunny
Air Temp: 90's
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: Normal?
Water Color: Clear, visibility several feet
Fish Species: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass
Pattern Fished: Flying Bunnies
Pattern Color: Tried brights and darks

So technically today was NOT a fishing day in the purest sense...it was the PD company summer outing. After a morning meeting, the PD crew headed over to the Blackwell Preserve - fried chicken, mashed potatoes, slaw...(OK, so KFC Catered...can't complain one bit).

We all melted in the heat...water was consumed by the gallons. There had been inklings that maybe someone should head on down the hill to check out the lake. After getting my ass handed to me in a couple rounds of the bean bag tossing game, I pulled out the 9'6" 9wt. and headed down to the water's edge.

Blackwell was crystal clear, and there in the shallows were a couple small largemouth bass, surrounded by bluegills and weeds. I unhooked my flies and tossed them in the water a couple feet offshore. I got a "look" on my first retrieve but immediately afterwards the fish disappeared into the cover.

I continued to walk up and down the shore, periodically finding clearings and in the larger ones there were always some young bass and ALWAYS Bluegills. Sure, I could've technically switched it up and been catching boatloads of small panfish, but where's the real fun?

When not casting to small pockets directly on shore, I went for distance, trying to work the weedline offshore as best as I could. Never a tug or a flash.

After sweating off 8lbs. of water weight, I figured that while amusing, this really wasn't going to be a very productive day for fishing...extremly hot weather under a clear sky at 1:00 PM really never is!

Around 3:30 PM I said my good-byes to all my coworkers and packed it up. I had a 5+ hour drive ahead of me, 7 or more if there was construction. Tomorrow AM, bright and early, was the start of a 2-day trip in Iowa with the McCoys!

To sum up Blackwell, I'd say it looked good enough to make another trip, preferably from a boat, at some point in the future.

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