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Anyone have experience here? I went by this morning with my daughter to have a look around. There was NO ONE there at 10:00. It looks very fishy with lilies around the edges and a good sandy bottom. Water the color of iced tea. 

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I have put in probably 40+ hours in at that lake over 8-10 trips.  I have caught fish there (my profile pic was taken there) but not many.  Since it was the spot I caught my first bass at I kind of got stuck in a rut and kept going back hoping for more.  In all the time I have spent on that lake I think I have only caught about 6 bass and maybe 2 bluegill.  I have been told there are a lot of bass in there, including some biggies, but I just have not seen them yet.  Now having said that I have not written that lake off either.  All those pads just make me drool for some great frog fishing, I just haven't been able to make it a reality yet.

 

I think for me the issue is finding fish.  I haven't been out there since I picked up a fish finder, but without one if I couldn't find them in the pads I was out of luck.  The other point I should make is that this lake has very heavy vegetation even outside of the pads.  This really limits you to weedless lures.  Even in places where the weeds do not break the surface I struggled to use topwater lures like buzzbaits.  Things like crankbaits, or treble hook baits are straight out of the question for large portions of the lake.

 

Since I caught my first bass at this lake it will always be special to me, but at the same time I have to think there are better, more reliable, spots out there.  I just haven't found them yet.

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I have put in probably 40+ hours in at that lake over 8-10 trips.  I have caught fish there (my profile pic was taken there) but not many.  Since it was the spot I caught my first bass at I kind of got stuck in a rut and kept going back hoping for more.  In all the time I have spent on that lake I think I have only caught about 6 bass and maybe 2 bluegill.  I have been told there are a lot of bass in there, including some biggies, but I just have not seen them yet.  Now having said that I have not written that lake off either.  All those pads just make me drool for some great frog fishing, I just haven't been able to make it a reality yet.

 

I think for me the issue is finding fish.  I haven't been out there since I picked up a fish finder, but without one if I couldn't find them in the pads I was out of luck.  The other point I should make is that this lake has very heavy vegetation even outside of the pads.  This really limits you to weedless lures.  Even in places where the weeds do not break the surface I struggled to use topwater lures like buzzbaits.  Things like crankbaits, or treble hook baits are straight out of the question for large portions of the lake.

 

Since I caught my first bass at this lake it will always be special to me, but at the same time I have to think there are better, more reliable, spots out there.  I just haven't found them yet.

Now that I see your profile pic, I realize we have messaged about this place and Godale. It just looks so bassy. I will have to give it one try.

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