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#1 cjbs2003

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Posted March 31 2008 - 03:03 PM

Anyone on the forum fish Raystown Lake? I used to fish it quite a bit while I was in college but since leaving PA after college I haven't been back more than a couple times. Now that I have a little bit more leave to take from work, I am hoping to get back to Raystown Lake a bit more. I hear many guys talk trash about how bad the fishing is at  Raystown, but I always loved the lake. I'd love to hear from anyone else who fishes the lake... Stripers, smallies, largemouth and other fish as well!

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Posted March 31 2008 - 06:29 PM

i havent fish the lake for awhile  i fish the feeder river the raystown branch alot and i love the smallie fishing there    a guy named Bassinbrett from what i heard fishes the lake quite a bit

#3 RobbyZ5001

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Posted March 31 2008 - 06:54 PM

The lake is absolutely beautiful and I have only fished it once. This topic is a sore subject for me! Just had a tournament there on Sunday caught 0 got bit 0. There were 40 degree water temps just tough.

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Posted March 31 2008 - 07:17 PM

lol then you werent fishing with a jerkbait and you weren't fishing points and or ledges.  All the smallmouth there right now are schooled up on ledges, all similar sized fish in a school.  And the largemouth should be off points.

Yeah i've fished it quite a bit in the past few years and every year I fish it the bites are getting harder and harder to come by.  There are alot of big bass in that lake however, my average fish now is almost 3 lbs.  now i would fish jerkbaits and shakey head worms on ledges (last year this week I caught my PB smallie there).
In the summer fish weeds with a with spinnerbait when its sunny, and when its cloudy fish a frog over the weeds and sometimes pitch tubes into the weeds.  Thats a largemouth pattern.  For smallies just keep going with a jerkbait down ledges until you hit a school purple back and pearl sides are the best color for raystown.

And thats about all i got for you, if you need to finish out a limit go to a ledge near the dam and fish a tube jig or dropshot along those ledges, that usually produces a quick bunch of 12-13 inch smallies
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Posted March 31 2008 - 10:57 PM

Bassnbrett101 go ahead and fish it catch a new PB! Good Luck bud! I guess you know better then the guys in my club with more then twice your age in fishing experience and probably near your age just fishing Raystown. I am guessing you have logged or remember distinctly the temperature, past temps., and current weather and I guess it must be the same as last year at this exact time. I guess the fishing that was continuing to get worse and worse every year stayed exactly the same last year and this year as well? I don't know you are the lake pro I am new to the lake.

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Posted March 31 2008 - 11:39 PM

lol I'm no local and I'm not trying to put you down in anyway.  From my experience thats what the lake does this time of year.  I fished it the past couple years in early april and last year at one point we had an inch of snow on the boat.  
All the guys that brought in a limit last year caught them fishing jerkbaits on ledges and points.

and btw I DID beat alot of guys with more than twice as much experience as me last year at the PA Bass state classic on that lake.  I was the only person under 40 to make it to divisonal teams and I am the youngest person from PA to EVER make it to divisonal teams..... Thanks for making me feel like an *******
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Posted April 01 2008 - 09:11 AM

lol then you werent fishing with a jerkbait and you weren't fishing points and or ledges. All the smallmouth there right now are schooled up on ledges, all similar sized fish in a school. And the largemouth should be off points.

Yeah i've fished it quite a bit in the past few years and every year I fish it the bites are getting harder and harder to come by. There are alot of big bass in that lake however, my average fish now is almost 3 lbs. now i would fish jerkbaits and shakey head worms on ledges (last year this week I caught my PB smallie there).


I basically took what you said like you were laughing at me saying I sucked and that anyone could go to Raystown this time of year and do amazing. I am somewhat new to this competative bass fishing game but I know that 15 mph winds, 40 degree water temp, the water was cold and muddy as well. All of this in the midst of a cold front are not "ideal" conditions. Another thing I threw the jerkbait for the majority of the time I would say about 70% of my day. I also threw a jig a good 20%. I tried pig and jig and a T-rig speed craw. All we fished the whole day were points and ledges. I don't know how you wanted me to take the "lol then you werent fishing with a jerkbait and you weren't fishing points and ledges". That is basically a big kick to the grapes. I am by no means a pro, and you probably won't hear me talking like I know everything. You should have got ahold of Ike when he and Marcia Rubin fished Raystown. They only got one dink.. maybe with your expertise you could have informed them that no matter what is happening on a given day that he could have just fished the spinnerbait when it was sunny, when its cloudy use a frog, and sometimes pitch the tube. Then fish the dam to finish out the limit!

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Posted April 01 2008 - 10:34 AM

no no i say lol all the time.  I always take things in GOOD SPIRIT, like thats alright you'll get em next time.  And for raystown, everyone has had days like that there.  I even had one there last year i didnt catch any keepers at all, it was a prefish day in the middle of summer too.

I didn't mean for you to take any offense to what I said, I'm sorry.  I just like to laugh ;D
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Posted April 01 2008 - 10:41 AM

And last year when Ike was there, the fishing was bad.  It was the middle of summer and even the locals said it was the worst fishing they've seen in years.  You just couldn't find any fish.
I was there either the week before or the week after Ike was there, i remember somebody mentioning it to me at the launch ramp, and i caught one keeper that day.  It was an anorexic smallie that probably woulda went 3 lbs if it was full bodied.  I was so frustrated i was trying a jig in 50-60 ft of water of the ledges on the upper part of the lake, to my dismay there were no takers.
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Posted April 01 2008 - 06:39 PM

lol I'm no local and I'm not trying to put you down in anyway. From my experience thats what the lake does this time of year. I fished it the past couple years in early april and last year at one point we had an inch of snow on the boat.
All the guys that brought in a limit last year caught them fishing jerkbaits on ledges and points.

and btw I DID beat alot of guys with more than twice as much experience as me last year at the PA Bass state classic on that lake. I was the only person under 40 to make it to divisonal teams and I am the youngest person from PA to EVER make it to divisonal teams..... Thanks for making me feel like an not a very nice person


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Posted April 01 2008 - 06:43 PM

You could, but I still can't sign my name in cursive  ;).  I woulda never brought that up but i'm tired of people telling me stuff like that.  I just got the guys that I fish tournaments with to start listening to me lol.  

Granted that post probably looks alot like bragging, but in my mind its evidence  ::) lmao
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Posted April 01 2008 - 06:44 PM

I'll take one too,if you don't mind bret.
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Posted April 01 2008 - 06:48 PM

Sign it , To wtrdog,someday you will be a pro,and be just like me... :;)
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Posted April 01 2008 - 06:50 PM

lol i wish
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Posted April 01 2008 - 06:51 PM

Sign it , To wtrdog,someday you will be a pro,and be just like me... :;)




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