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2020 Open Water
« on: April 18, 2020, 09:19:16 PM »

Got the boat out for the first time and everything runs well enough. Warmest water I found was 49.

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2020, 09:51:07 PM »

May 9th around 5am, I will be at lake Z, Craig where you fishing?
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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2020, 09:53:25 PM »

Haven't thought that far ahead.  Maybe Wisconsin or Waverly

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2020, 02:19:56 PM »

warmest you found was 49  :surrender: that's the coldest ours got this year ~b~ Can't wait to see all those big smallies you guys catch. I missed he brownies...
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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2020, 07:00:50 AM »

warmest you found was 49  :surrender: that's the coldest ours got this year ~b~ Can't wait to see all those big smallies you guys catch. I missed he brownies...
Yup. Our night air temps are still in the high 20s and 30s. Water temps warm up as the day progresses but still pretty cold. That said high air temp today will be into the mid 60s so hopefully in a week or two we'll have some prime prespawn fishing. Downside is our season doesn't start until mid May

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2020, 08:41:26 PM »

58*F in some of those cuts this weekend. They were loaded with schools of small sunfish and small bass (and 1 big muskie), no crappie yet.  Only got to spend 2 hrs on the boat and technically wasn't able to target bass since the season is closed.  Caught a pile of little guys on a small hair jig

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2020, 02:14:48 PM »

58*F in some of those cuts this weekend. They were loaded with schools of small sunfish and small bass (and 1 big muskie), no crappie yet.  Only got to spend 2 hrs on the boat and technically wasn't able to target bass since the season is closed.  Caught a pile of little guys on a small hair jig

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Thanks for the update Craig and I know it felt good to be back out on the boat and catching fish again after a long winter.
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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2020, 09:25:20 AM »

Weather looks a little crummy for the weekend, anyone got big plans for opener? I unfortunately won't be getting out as I ended up getting stuck working the weekend shift.

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2020, 06:05:28 PM »

Lee and I at lake Z. Probably.
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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2020, 10:31:10 AM »

Hearing some early reports that fishing on Saturday was better than expected for a lot of people. Who here has a report?

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2020, 05:44:44 PM »

58-60 degrees where I fished. Overcast. Struggled today.  Got one good fish really shallow and found a school deep on a sharp break but could only get one to bite.  It was tough today

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2020, 06:26:16 PM »

62F water temps today. Overcast, slight precipitation. Bass on beds everywhere but as usual I couldn't catch them once I saw them. Caught 15-20 today on 1/2oz jig, Tokyo rig and Crawtube. Best fish came off shallow wood with the Jig. Best 5 went just over 13# anchored by  a 4.25# fish

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2020, 07:01:17 PM »

Lake Z today.  Ultra clear 64F water caught 3 littles, two on a swimjig and one on a 1/2oz juice jig in the wood.  Lost what may have been a bigger one in the slop on a skinny dipper. Saw a few fish still on beds but I think for the most part this lake was post spawn. Overcast post frontal conditions may have made the bite tougher (at least that's the story I'm going with).

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2020, 06:42:43 PM »

Lake M today. 60 temps, fog and overcast when I started. Once the sun came out fish were stacked in the shallowest warmest (66 when I left) water I could find.  They were spooky so long casts with weightless plastics was key. Best 5 went 22#. Largest fish was 4.75#

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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2020, 01:02:32 AM »

22# is nothing to sneeze at. nice haul.  ~c~
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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2020, 06:54:10 AM »

Man, you keep that up and you're gonna put a real hurtin' on the others in IBASS when it starts.

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2020, 03:46:54 PM »

Lake O 74-76F water temps. Bluebird sky, post frontal, most bass appear post spawn Sunfish beds in the pads super shallow got a few small ones on a skinny dipper got 2 decent ones off docks and one on a deeper break on a neko rig. Pretty tough and never got a pattern going

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2020, 01:32:05 PM »

Lake O 74-76F water temps. Bluebird sky, post frontal, most bass appear post spawn Sunfish beds in the pads super shallow got a few small ones on a skinny dipper got 2 decent ones off docks and one on a deeper break on a neko rig. Pretty tough and never got a pattern going

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2020, 01:36:43 PM »

Tried a brand new lake this morning.  When I launched I was disappointed to see the entire shoreline was weed choked 50+ yards out. Water temps were in that 75F range again.  Air temps were slightly cooler and there were  a couple clouds todays. Since bank beating was out of the question I spent a lot of time scanning points and islands. Found a few rock piles with some scatter coontail and milfoil. Ended up dragging a jig around. Best 5 probably weighed around 17". Including a 19" + 18.5 + 18" + 16.5" + 16" fish. A couple of the big ones had bloody tails.

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« Reply #19 on: June 06, 2020, 01:38:35 PM »

Way to go Craig. ~c~
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« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2020, 07:25:58 PM »

Went to Lake W again on Sat June 27 with the club and man almighty did we crush them. Water was 77 when I started and shot up to 82 at one point. Air temps were high 80s it was humid and there was no wind.  Caught a quick limit throwing a swim jig and paddle tail around docks but around 930am is when things got interesting.  I was dragging a jig around a hard bottom area in 7-8 fow that had some rock, foil and sunfish beds. Caught a 19" and quickly hit spot lock on the TM. The next 2 hours my buddy and I didn't move and just fan cast the jig with the biggest bulkiest trailers we had. Ended up culling all our fish and by the end of it we had 37# of bass in the livewell between the two of us.

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« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2020, 11:16:16 AM »

All right Craig sounds like y'all had a very productive day on the water. ~c~
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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2020, 08:02:36 PM »

Lake J. Water temps 65. Fishing was slow but got a few nice ones deep dragging a jig over a hard bottom break

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« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2020, 08:17:02 PM »

A few of the right ones for sure.  :shocking: Nice catches.  ~c~
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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2020, 07:44:41 AM »

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #25 on: October 07, 2020, 09:32:40 PM »

Lake C: Water temps dropped from 66 to 56 in the last week. It was overcast most of the day but there was a feeding window between 8:30-10AM where they were chowing under/around docks. Best 5 ended around 17#

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Re: 2020 Open Water
« Reply #26 on: October 19, 2020, 11:36:15 AM »

My season has come to an end. Went to Lake W water temps were 49F. My rock spine wasn't working for me, I was lucky enough to find a 5 pounder near a lay-down and some warmer water were I rounded out a limit on a chatter baits. We've got snow and cold temps in the extended forecast so I'm hanging it up. Good luck to everyone still fishing

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« Reply #27 on: October 19, 2020, 11:40:43 AM »

Congrats on a great season and thank you for letting us follow along ~c~ Come winter in Louisiana and keep catching those giants.
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