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I have to opportunity to fish this lake next weekend....have fished it before, but it has been several years.....anybody fish it lately and are willing to share any reports? Thank you in advance..... 

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I  went Speck fishing there about a thousand years ago, It was low at the time and i remember thinking it looked nice. We caught a mess of fish and hey tasted good.

 

Signed: Mr. Useless Information

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It's been a while since I've been there but I remember doing well in the shallower flats area near the midpoint of the lake on the west side, easily found on google earth. Also did ok fishing the banks in the areas where there are a lot of submerged tree trunks, I think that was the east south east side but don't quote me on that. They were hitting spinners and EZs but that was some time ago who knows what they are hitting now. Good luck

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I will get back to your pm in a few days.

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Heading out around noon tomorrow...thanks for the tips guys....hopefully I will have something to share come Monday :respect-059: .....and hey gar-tracker, just for the record, we are NOT going speck fishing :tsk-tsk: .....

but thanks anyway sir! Between Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning, we should be able to come up with something. :pray:

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Ok,....report time.....got to the lake about 4:00 and after a quick trip to Bridgemaster for some necessities, we were on the water about 6:30. Went to a spot that was relatively easy to find in the dark that was suggested by another member of this forum....Thank you again for the tip.....as previously mentioned it was just getting dark, so the time of day required a little improvisation from the suggested offering from said forum member....so wanted to attract some attention and started throwing a buzzbait to create some noise.....threw that for a while, but had no takers....the guy I was fishing with tied on a white chatterbait which seemed like a really good idea so I joined him except I tied on a black one.....he boats a small bass about 14"....then another one....we make our way from one end of the suggested area to the other end and we were just getting ready to make a pass on the "outside" when I make a cast in between two grass patches.....retrieve a couple of yards....and then the vibrations stop......now as any chatterbait user knows.....when the vibrations stop.....set the hook......so I set the hook......and she made a bee-line for the boat....underneath the boat....line stripping from my spinning reel.....I turn her around and she swims out and across the clearing.....in the meantime I am asking my buddy for the net cause this is a good fish.....she turns and makes a run along the edge of the grass and I see her side in the moon light......YES!!!!...quality fish.......my buddy nets her and hoists her over the side.....OMG....a new personal best for me....her mouth was so big I could stick my fist in her mouth with room to spare.....my buddy says 8 lbs....I said I don't know....my personal best is 8.5 and this one looks bigger......so I get out the scales....9.3....9.4...9.5...9.6...9.7...9.8.....rests at 9.8. one bluegill shy of double digits.....That would turn out to be the highlight of the weekend.....all other fish caught were all in the 12 - 14" range which is all that has been being caught there lately so we were told....so thanks again for my contributor of information and thanks to the creator and keeper of this site without whom, I wouldn't have been able to get some great information......

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and yes......she went back in the water to make her babies....I practice CPR on anything over 4 lbs.

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Great fish!  Isn't it nice to have folks willing to share.  That is what it is all about.  Congrats!

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Nice fat girl.  I'm glad you guys had a good time.

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Yes Moretolife it is great to have folks like that....there are still some good people in this world, thank God!

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Wow that's a great fish Congrats!

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thanks guys.....it has been a while since I got a quality fish....quite a while....hope it is not as long til the next one.

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