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Old 04-20-2005, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Clinton Lake report 4/20 mixed bag of fish

Hit Clinton today around 7am. Started out in the warm water area and didn't seem to find much going on. After checking a few different areas all the way down to the Rt 48 bridge, headed back up by the Dewitt bridge. Seen a guy trying to reel in what seemd to be a pretty good fish with a small crappie pole. He finally got it in, and was a 7-8 pound channel cat. Turned out him and his buddy had a stringer of about 9 or 10 nice cats. They laughed and said "yea, we're crappie fishing" as they hoisted it up to show us. LOL
The cats were hitting minows under a float a few feet deep right off the rocks by the bridge. Of course the future misses and me decided to give it a try ourselves after a quick detour for a potty break (pregnant women sure do pee alot). Got her riged up with a nightcrawler under a float and before I could get my line out, she had a fish on. Her eyes sure got big when it tried to pull the pole out of her hand! She ended up landing a 6 or 7 pound channel and was pretty excited. Guys on shore got a chuckle out of her hooting hollering. Was her biggest fish ever so far. She got another smaller cats a little bit later, while all I could seem to catch was some pesky blue gill.
The bite died down around mid morning and so moved on to some other spots and caught a few fish here and there.
All total at the end of the day, we had caught catfish, white bass, largemouth,crappie,bluegill and a drum that must have weighed 5 pounds. Would liked to have added a walleye or 2 to the mix, but still was a pretty good day.
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Old 04-20-2005, 10:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Mixed Bag was right

Was out on Clinton 4-20-05 also, 7am until that thunder and cold front rolled in.
Small Cats, blue gills, and a white Bass. All on nightcrawlers under a flot or jig'n. Tried all the mail color Spinners and nothing. Main Lake and coves from Weldon access up to 48 Bridge. Discharge didn't have any action but maybe next time.
Good Luck, and wear sunscreen.
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