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I go to the Rez like 2-3x a week, I do pretty good. Sandy Run is pretty legit most the time- Trying to fish them a little deeper this time of the year- some more cranking, cause 5 last saturday during that wicked wind we had- it was annoying for sure but the bites were of the chart.

 

Learning the deeper water, I have 2 really good fish finders that show promise, it's just a matter of getting my bait deep enough in an effective manner to trigger strikes .. that's the kicker! The Rez is the best!

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The bass must have all topped off on Sat, because Sun was fairly slow going.

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Anyone know when Fountainhead stops renting out boats for the season?

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OPEN FULL TIME

March 27- November 5
Sunrise- Sunset

PRIVATE LAUNCH ONLY

November 6-November 26
Sunrise- Sunset

 

I am a very harsh critics of most park websites...but NOVA does a great job of keeping theirs' updated.

 

https://www.novaparks.com/parks/fountainhead-regional-park


 

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Thanks @Choporoz!

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GOD DANG I HATE THE ROWERS !!!!!!!!!!! THE MOST INCONSIDERATE MOFO'S ON THE RESERVOIR!!!!!!

I wrote them a nasty email this week, one of their hotshots in the motorboats got within 5ft of my boat and quickly turned to avoid hitting me, he didnt hear me yelling at him !!!! idiots man..

the boaters, the kids, the adults, all of them, inconsiderate, they'll have all the space in the world but get right up beside you .. stop...then scream into the bull horn?! I don't understand are you doing ?!

 

i hate them, were going to have it out one day.. if im lucky enough ill knock one out. rant over.

 

side note, i fished there mon-yesterday.. tough fishing man, i tried dropshot and a little deeper methods, did catch a nice one on a good carolina rig setup but its tough now and its like 5ft shallower than summer time which is starting to really suck.

 

need to join a club or something, need to meet more people to bring fishing sometimes.

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I, too, have had my problems with SOME of them.  I ask that you please take a deep breath.  There are some very considerate coaches out there, too.  I don't want them painting all fishermen with a broad brush.  The fact is, we're going to have to coexist on there.  I don't know much about the history (or politics, even), but I suspect that if it becomes us vs them, we're going to get crushed.  Many of these crews are part of or affiliated with schools, and I'd bet that when push comes to shove, we're going to get the short end.  I'm not trying to 'take their side' in any sense....but I can tell you that they aren't going away and despite some bad coaches, we're going to have to find a way to share the water.  I try to call out what I see as bad behavior, but I also go out of my way to thank the ones that are thoughtful, communicative and/or respectful.

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we need a meeting of some sort- i offered to do that.

when they see fishermen and have the entire other side of the resevoir to go to with nobody theere, then they SHOULD exercise that space. getting within feet of my boat is unacceptable.

we all have rights. its public water. its not like there going to ban fisherman, thats laughable.

having to find coves and travel far from lake ridge is utterly ridiculous to 'hide' from the rowers.

just irritates me. such disrespectful priks.

things will get out of hand eventually. its coming. its inevitable

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I’ve had some serious run ins with them!! To be fair, most of them have zero clue about etiquette on the water but there are quite a few that do and will make an effort to “go around” you. The problems that I encounter the most are the “kids coaching kids” out there. They will tell you that they have been told to stay on the right side of the water and that’s about it. They take that to mean they have the right of way and it your problem to get out of their way which couldn’t be further from the truth. To say they have run between the bank and my boat any less than 20-30 times a season is an understatement. When they get close, I ask them to pay attention next time and that they were well aware of my location hundreds of yards away with plenty of time and distance available to not have to do what they just did. Sometimes this is met with the”I’ll do better next time” but that is often time the exception rather than the rule. We have taken the solution of an air horn and used it on occasion to warn them. The singles and doubles are very good about avoiding us, it’s the 8’s nod the chase boats that are the biggest problem. Very difficult to reason with hem when they think they own the water!!

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would  love to but have  no way of getting  there i have  no boat  fish  with  bro -in- law  and  he  don't  want to  travel  that  far  lol  with  jon boat

 

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A couple of late season Yak trips to the Rez paid off for me.

 

11/15/17 - Launched out of Lake Ridge Marina. Water Temps: 52  Size: Just under 20" / 5#  Lure: Spinnerbait  Location:  Middle of a cove in submerged timber. 

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11/30/17 - Launched out of Fountainhead. Water Temps: 47  Size: 20.25" / 5.5# (PB for the 2017 season) Lure: Jig & Pig  Location: Main Lake Point 

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Anybody hit the Rez in March 2018 yet?  The yak is out of hibernation and ready to go.  I'm planning a trip on 3/19.  I can't wait!

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On 3/12/2018 at 7:38 PM, SeeNoSun said:

Anybody hit the Rez in March 2018 yet?  The yak is out of hibernation and ready to go.  I'm planning a trip on 3/19.  I can't wait!

Did you ever head out....?

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I went yesterday.  Not much action with water temps at 44.5 but it was great to get on the water again.

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I hit the Rez on 3/29 (along with everyone else with a rod and reel) and water was 50 degrees.  No luck.  I went back on 4/1 and it was still 50 degrees but there was hardly anyone else on the water.  A nice quiet afternoon! Here is my report for both trips.  I launched out of Fountainhead and hit every cove, main lake point and secondary point all the way up to Wolf's Run.  I'm on a pedal Yak so the ground I can cover in an afternoon is limited. I did not see any activity in the back of coves, on secondary points or main lake points.  I did see huge clouds of baitfish on my FF in the main lake channels suspended just above the bottom. 

 

Anyone else having anything to report?

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I rented a boat saturday out of fountainhead. Fished from 10 to 6 and only got 4 (all within 30 mins around 4:45). Every bite came flipping in the back of a pocket.

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1 hour ago, RichF said:

I rented a boat saturday out of fountainhead. Fished from 10 to 6 and only got 4 (all within 30 mins around 4:45). Every bite came flipping in the back of a pocket.

 I must have left too early.  I pulled out around 4pm both times. 

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Went out fishing Monday and really didn't catch anything.  Lots of shad as we were coming back in.  I really need to learn how to fish deep this time of year.  We were marking fish at around 15-18 feet routinely but nothing was biting.

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Went out on the 22nd. Highest I've ever seen and of course muddy. Caught one and lost a huge one fishing the banks in flooded areas. Did not go out to main channel but sure there was plenty of debris.

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Got out there yesterday for first time in months.  Rented boat from Fountainhead - didn't take the gas motor; just trolled pretty much between five fingers and Fountainhead.  Despite the oppressive heat, the bite was surprisingly good.  Nothing huge, but decent numbers; biggest was just a hair over 3....I did lose a couple very heavy fish.  Apparently the tourny guys did very well yesterday - I was told that big bag was 25, and a couple other boats brought in over 20.   I struggled with the deep bite that I expected to rule the day.   But dropping jigs down ledges and into mid depth brush (6-15') was very effective. 

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Heading out to the Rez tomorrow.  I think I'll launch out of Fountainhead. It looks like 57 degrees, partly cloudy and a bit windy. Hopefully I will report back with some good news. 

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It was crazy windy today but I survived to tell the tale...

 

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Took the kayak out of Lake Ridge on Saturday....the 36 degree temps weren't much of a problem, but the wind was.  Marked suspended fish from 8-17 in a few areas but couldn't coax a bite.  Made my way across the lake where I thought I'd get in the lee, but there was no getting out of the wind -- came back across through whitecaps -- only stayed about three hours...had I gotten even one bite, I probably would have pushed it more

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10 hours ago, Choporoz said:

Took the kayak out of Lake Ridge on Saturday....the 36 degree temps weren't much of a problem, but the wind was.  Marked suspended fish from 8-17 in a few areas but couldn't coax a bite.  Made my way across the lake where I thought I'd get in the lee, but there was no getting out of the wind -- came back across through whitecaps -- only stayed about three hours...had I gotten even one bite, I probably would have pushed it more

I'm assuming you meant air temp was 36 degrees.  Just curious... what was the water temp?

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