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Old 03-21-2017, 09:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This Christmas I treated myself to a bargain bin angling kayak when the Black Friday sales were on. It was a cheap ten footer with two rod holders. Nothing extravagant, but I pride myself on catching trophy fish while being frugal. A friend of mine also purchased a kayak this winter. In the process of planning a trip last Sunday we said what the **** lets kayak. Sunday morning was a mad dash to get ready. I found a old Canoe anchor and a short wooden oar and loaded the truck. After the standard forty five minute wait at Walmarts sporting goods counter we had our water usage stamps and headed to a pond we've fished since we were wee lads.


We unloaded the yaks and after setting it in the water I noticed 6 drain holes in the hull. Just as I suspected as soon as I sit down a rush of cold water shot through the holes and soaked my bottom. They will be plugged on my next outing.(along with a long list of other modifications) Outside of the wet butt I was really enjoying paddling even with a wooden oar and no kayak paddle. My friend who had a "real kayak" paddle wasn't enjoying himself nearly as much. A lot of profanities were being yelled as he struggled to get his yak to track and go where he wanted. This particular pond of about 5 acres has two holes of about 9 feet and the rest is relatively shallow. I bee lined to my preferred hole and made a cast with a lipless crank. First cast fish on! A sporty largemouth of about 13 inches. Nothing to get too excited over, but very gratifying to catch my first kayak fish. I caught 7 largemouth out of that spot in about 15 minutes before they shut off. One was about 3 pounds the rest were cookie cutter fish of about a pound to a pound and a half. Oh yeah and my friend caught one too and the profanities ceased after that. I then decided to beat a bank with a swing jig and craw trailer. The kayak was plenty nimble and maneuverable as I worked the bank and managed a couple more bass. I'm hooked on kayak fishing. On my way back I noticed a lone branch in about 3 feet of water. I pitched the jig to it and popped it once. Boom! The line moves sideways and I hammer back on my biggest fish of the day. A solid bass in the three and a half to four pound range.( a good bass for this particular pond). All in all I boated 11 bass in a hour and a half. I lost a couple fish boat err kayak side as landing a thrashing bass with 2 treble hooks in its mouth in a kayak is an art in itself.(a landing net wil be some gear I bring on my next trip as well). For all the cussing my buddy did the first 5 minutes he was quick to plan a subsequent trip on the drive home.
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Will that be your new slough vessel? It would cut thru the sagebrush and dense pads with ease. Did you find being so low to the water while fishing a problem??
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I will be taking it to the slough a time or two. It won't replace my standard triple trolling motor rig. However I wouldn't hesitate launching it on a calm day. Being close to the water was actually part of what made it enjoyable. I will certainly bring a landing net in the future. I was fishing with a seven and a seven foot four inch rod and landing fish was tricky. Never once did I feel nervous about tipping however or at least no more nervous than I would in say a regular canoe. I would be hesistant to put it on the river during cold or high water.
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Some good early season fish
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Will that be your new slough vessel? It would cut thru the sagebrush and dense pads with ease. Did you find being so low to the water while fishing a problem??
Hey. Wheres the hot bite?
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Hey. Wheres the hot bite?
The river was low and clear before Monday's rains. Suprsingly very few walleye,but the smallmouth were hot and heavy last weekend. The morning before the kayak trip I landed two in about a half hour and both were over two pounds. River jumped up a good foot if not more the last couple days. Gonna take 3 or 4 rain free days before you usgs watchers are willing to fish it.
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What a great day Joe. Congrats on the new yak.
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The river was low and clear before Monday's rains. Suprsingly very few walleye,but the smallmouth were hot and heavy last weekend. The morning before the kayak trip I landed two in about a half hour and both were over two pounds. River jumped up a good foot if not more the last couple days. Gonna take 3 or 4 rain free days before you usgs watchers are willing to fish it.
Honestly Joe, too clear and low for a good spring bite. What is now considered a good day or bite? I have fished the river for quite a time, so have a few here. Spring bite was 30+ bass a trip. I don't see any bite like that with any consistency.
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I think the fishing now is better than 10 years ago for size and numbers. However 20 years ago was much better than it is now. There was a lot of bad spring floods in The early 2000s that affected spawns. I would say the average size on both rivers is better now than I've seen. I'm 34 and my memory of river fishing goes back to when I was 7 or 8. So that's about 25 years of fishing. I remember having 50 or more fish days in the early nineties,(regularly)but most would be under 14 inches. I catch more large smallmouth now than ever. Some of this could be my accumen as an angler is better and not necessarily indicative of the watershed.My best quantity days tend to be in summer low water periods like most everyone else. There was a couple days last spring(late April) where my brother and I were landing a fish every 5 minutes. If I can catch a fish every 15 minutes I'm happy. Especially if they're good sized smallmouth over 15 inches. If I want to catch 50 bass in a day I'm going after the green ones on a pond.
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Ask the Sod Man!!
A floating trap and minus1 were very productive late afternoon just over the border.
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