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Old 07-21-2009, 12:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought about belly boating willow slough. I catch and release and use artificials...Is it possible with the big boats around, thick weeds, snakes, and will I even catch any fish this time of year? By fish I mean I'm up to catch any sort fish.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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WS is trolling motor only so boats/wakes shouldnt be an issue. Weeds might be. I have a tube & it can be **** getting through weeds with filppers on so you'd have to stay in the channels/open areas.

Its a very big place to cover (for a float tube) so I'd imagine you wouldn't be fishing very far from the HQ. Most of that is relatively open.

But if you put in at some of the other access areas (morman hill & the parking area for the marsh (filbert lane)) you might have more space to yourself.

Not sure how the fishing is right now.
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thanks a bunch guys. Does anyone know how the fishing is this time of year and what types of fish? or maybe early august?
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I was thinking about trying Willow Slough and was wondering how the bass fishing was? Trolling motors only but can you have an outboard on your boat if you remove the gas can? What shape are the ramps in? I have an 18 foot boat which requires a decent concrete ramp. Are there certain areas that are better bass fishing than others. Any specific lures or tecniques that work good. I am a catch and release fishermen and I treat the water with respect. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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I have seen 21' rangers out there with 2 extra TM's strapped on the back.... gas motors can be on there you just can't use them.

I heard there was some sort of fish kill there, but that was a rumor and I haven't seen it with my own eyes.
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Yes you can have your outboard on just not used.

I think the " fish kill " rumor was the lake drain a few years ago. The **** was opened and the lake drained.
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nah, the rumor was more recent - I keep closer track than a couple of years....

I did hear the gills and redears are going strong though...
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Then why did you mention it ?
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Thanks for the info.Does anybody bass fish out there? That is what I will be fishing for. Any help would be appreciated.
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