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Well I hit the bank today was like 50 some degrees today in Fort Wayne and I got skunked. I wasn’t shocked, new place and I don’t believe it’s quite time to hit it hard yet. 

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First time poster, but I got out on Feb 19th and did catch one real nice bass...2nd largest I've caught in Indiana. Water temp was 38 and this past weekend it just cracked 40.

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14 hours ago, 260Bass365 said:

First time poster, but I got out on Feb 19th and did catch one real nice bass...2nd largest I've caught in Indiana. Water temp was 38 and this past weekend it just cracked 40.

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Gorgeous fish and welcome from a fellow hoosier. Post this again on Fishing Reports forum and you'll get a lot more looks. This thread doesn't have the participation that it used to. I'm as guilty as anyone for that.

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I've not been regularly posting in here either.  Have been out three times so far this year, one Sunday in Feb, then the following Sat & Sun right after a hard Friday night rain where we got 1.5-2" overnight.

 

First trip out, I caught 5-6 under 2lbs & lost a 5-6 lber at the boat at a small public reservoir.  The following weekend after the big rain the small reservoir was chocolate milk at the upper end & had leaves floating all around the best stretches which would have needed a 1-2oz punch weight to get through but cleared off near the lower end of the lake, where we caught all of our fish.  Caught 7-8 under 2lbs, no big ones.  Next day went to a private strip pit over near Terre Haute & the only bite we got was a 4-13 that my step son caught & up to this point is his PB.  All fish were caught on 1/2 oz. Dirty Jigs flipping jigs with Rage Bug trailers.

 

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Made another trip over to the strip pit early Sunday afternoon & upon arrival, was a bit breezy & water was stained from the 3-4" of rain we got over the previous few days & nights. Water temps still cold to the touch. Started out throwing a 1/2oz jig getting a bite & drop in the first dozen or so casts. No more takers so after hitting a few key areas, I switched to a bluegill colored chatterbait with a paddletail Keitech trailer. Still no takers. Threw out a white & chartreuse single Colorado blade spinnerbait with a Zoom twin tail grub trailer & had this 5-5 beauty absolutely crush it right off the end of a laydown in about 5 FOW. She also had a bluegill tail just barely sticking out of her gullet - gluttonous hog, but that’s the way we like ‘em, don’t we?

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My dad had a smaller fish on a spinnerbait as well but it came unbuttoned. I only saw the head of it & was guessing it was probably under 3lbs. Only 3 bites for the day but always worth the trip when the bigger gals are hungry.

 

Overall the fishing was slow but the big gals are chewing right now, which is why I love fishing this time of year.

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Went back to the same strip pit Sunday afternoon - was a bit windy but manageable.  Dad wasn't in the mood for waiting so one lap around the place was all I got in this time.  Had 2 bites on a jig but both were dropped before I could set the hook.  Water didn't feel much warmer.  Friday night storms probably still had them turned off.  Probably wasn't on the water for much more than 2 hours.

 

Warmer weather coming this week & I expect to see fish on beds before the end of the month if the 10 day forecasted temps hold true.

 

Haven't had a chance to get back to the public lake an hour south of me yet.  Will be the first year I've fished it the whole year - will be interesting to see how the fish behave & when & where they spawn.

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Wind, rain & cooler temps didn’t keep me indoors for long. Got out Sunday on the public lake with my son dragging jigs once again. More males moved up shallow & water temps were warmer than air temps. Managed 12 to 15 fish total with the kid catching the biggest of the day, a nice fat 4-12 off of a shallow rocky flat:

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My dad & I returned the next afternoon & managed another 15 with me catching a nice fatty that went 4 even.

 

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Cooler weather seemed to delay the rush to the shallows a bit. More small males than previous outings but no sightings of beds nor irritated tails. My bet is the next full moon will be it. They’re close.

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  • 3 months later...

My nephew fished in the Bass n’ Gals junior pan fish tournament on Saturday on Lake Monroe,,,,,,,,,,,and won!

Five years old and won his first tournament with 13.79 pounds, 120 panfish. Caught on his own!! 
Well done!

 

 

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Been awhile since I’ve posted but had a very slow post spawn & summer this year at my usual honey holes. Took our annual trip to Rainy Lake in June & had a blast catching smallies up to just shy of 4 lbs. on topwater. After that, I was night fishing with little success save some shorties here & there.

 

Around Labor Day weekend my son & I were out fishing one evening & he had this 6-1 beauty crush his Jackhammer chatterbait of a small shallow point:

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As you can tell, he was pretty pleased with his new PB & dad couldn’t have been more proud.

 

Kept fishing this gem of a lake off & on as much as possible with a few under 3-8 & many shorties up until yesterday afternoon when this 6-12 hog absolutely crushed a 1/2oz Booyah Blade single Colorado spinnerbait in white/chartreuse with a Zoom split tail trailer in some relatively shallow laydowns - felt like I set the hook into a log:

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Sorry for all the marked out areas but this is a gem of a public lake & it’s getting hit pretty hard this year. I’m fairly certain this particular lake has already turned over & is in the process of normalizing into late fall/early winter conditions. Will continue to fish until I get too cold or the water is too hard. Hopefully not my last post for 2023, with any luck. If it is, I can’t think of a better way to end the year. Already looking forward to ice out & dragging jigs next year!

 

Tight lines, guys!

 

 

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Just an opportunity to revive the Hoosier thread.

 

So here it is late Spring in Indiana and not much fishing to be had for me. My canoe project is still underway and the weather has been consistently inconsistent. 70’s one day and 50’s the next, nightly temps in the 40’s, with almost constant rain. It’s been tough to even get the lawn mowed with the crazy weather!

 

I’ve been to the river a few times but nada. Most of the last month, or better it has been blown out from high water. I do know a few folks who have done ok the few times they were able to catch the water down, but I haven’t been that fortunate. And I guess it’s really mostly dependent on where you’re at on the river system.

 

Additionally my Wife has developed a serious health issue and our attention has been pointed in other directions and suddenly fishing doesn’t seem that important.

Hopefully a warm summer will develop and the fishing window will open wider for the Hoosier State.

 

Tight lines all!

 

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