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Old 06-01-2008, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Big Lake 6/1 Here today, Gone tomorrow...

Well after shooting all night, getting home at 7:30 am, sleeping until 11 am and having an inspection today at 3 pm, I figured why not shoot some more? Since my inspection was in homewood, I figured I might as well try and evening at Stateline to see how the shooting was. It wasn't Saw only one fish off the north wall, saw only a couple on the lake side of the discharge, and all the fish on the discharge side were down deep right on the bottom. I hung around for an hour and a half total shooting and missing at shad and carp too deep to hit, then came home.... Looks like its going to be day to day there...
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Old 06-01-2008, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the report. After the kids' event yesterday I went to State Line at LaSalle and saw lots of fish, missed too many shots but brought home 2 carp and 3 bigmouth buffs. I also lost a Yellow Jacket arrow with 3-barb Innerloc Grappler point and safety slide in a log. Jon and I went back today to try to get it, and we couldn't find it! Either the log rolled over or somebody else found the arrow and figured out how to get it out of the log. But the worst thing was that the fish were scarce and deep compared to yesterday. We thought about heading up to the power plant thinking it had to be better than LaSalle. Good thing we didn't have time. We didn't get skunked however, we got 3 bigmouth buffs. Also got stopped by the Indiana DNR police checking for valid fishing licenses. I produced my valid out-of-state license but Jon had to show proof of age (15). Lucky he had a valid ID along with him.
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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well....things were a lot different this morning!!
it was my first time there(Stateline) and I saw all fish all over. But,
as Tubes said the fish on the discharge side were deep. I did take a few shots, but my arrow took off like a 747 as soon as it the water.
On the lake side I saw even more fish. I didn't have to wait more than a couple of minutes without numerous fish swimming by. At one point I think I shot for 10 minutes with out the fish moving away. Unfortunately, I never quite got the hang of hitting the deeper fish. I did have a few pull offs and almost landed one, but it came off as soon as its weight came out of the water(30in?)
Next time(and there will be a next time) I'm bringing a net!! Nothing wrong with that, right?

The fish may have been down--but the bridge was up!!

Thanks to Ron B for meeting me out here and showing me around!
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Old 06-02-2008, 06:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Scott it was nice being your "guide"!!! (I sound like an expert - I've only been there 3 or 4 times myself). I agree w. Tom - it's gonna be a day-to-day - hit or miss thing over there. Hopefully an extended spell of nice weather will get things moving. Don't feel bad - like I told you yesterday, I shot about 300 times the first time there - It is definitely some real tough shooting - Saturday when we got the big one's I think it was much more a matter of luck - being at the right place at the right time - rather than any kind of skill. They're definitely there - just need em to come up for air once in a while!

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Old 06-02-2008, 10:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Take a couple cans of dog food or sweet corn out there with you and punch a few holes in it and toss them in. If the fish arent there when you do that, they should be there the next day.

-An Arrow a Day, Keeps the Carp Away!
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