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31 minutes ago, Russ E said:

I mentioned your name, because your success rate at La Cygne seemed better than mine. 

I also usually fish alone and don't mind someone jumping in with me. My success at La Cygne has been spotty. A few really good days, with several slow ones, but hooking into a 5+ pound bass can quickly change things.

I've been fishing it regularly for half my life, it still beats me sometimes. I think once you accept that you're fishing for a few big bites instead of lots of fish, it makes it much easier to catch the bigger fish on that lake. I've had amazing numbers days there, but they're few and far between. I'm still looking for one of the true giants out there though. I've caught quite a few over 7, up to 7.76, but I've never cracked 8. A friend of mine caught a 9 1/4 a few years ago on a technique I'd just shown him how to do the day before 😆 

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On 9/3/2018 at 1:06 AM, Bluebasser86 said:

 

I'm a weekday guy too with my work schedule. I usually fish by myself (not counting my dog), but I don't mind someone jumping in with me, just don't expect any magical results. The big fish on La Cygne are the results of a lot of hours on the water not catching fish to catch those big ones. 

 

23 hours ago, Russ E said:

I mentioned your name, because your success rate at La Cygne seemed better than mine. 

I also usually fish alone and don't mind someone jumping in with me. My success at La Cygne has been spotty. A few really good days, with several slow ones, but hooking into a 5+ pound bass can quickly change things.

I’m sure there are a ton of the lake’s quirks to learn from both of you.

 

In reality, I will probably only ever make it out there a couple times a year. It’s a good halfway for my dad and I to fish together. Both of us have hectic schedules, so the chances of those stars aligning are slim.

 

I was really surprised at how few boats were on the lake for a holiday weekend. The campsites were full but there were only 6 trailers at the boat ramp when we started and even fewer when we left. At least 2 of those were catfishing.

 

The water temp was 90 north of the main boat ramp and 84-85 toward the dam.

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17 hours ago, Dirtyeggroll said:

 

I’m sure there are a ton of the lake’s quirks to learn from both of you.

 

In reality, I will probably only ever make it out there a couple times a year. It’s a good halfway for my dad and I to fish together. Both of us have hectic schedules, so the chances of those stars aligning are slim.

 

I was really surprised at how few boats were on the lake for a holiday weekend. The campsites were full but there were only 6 trailers at the boat ramp when we started and even fewer when we left. At least 2 of those were catfishing.

 

The water temp was 90 north of the main boat ramp and 84-85 toward the d**n.

No pleasure boating/skiing/swimming allowed, so it doesn't lend itself well to a typically family oriented holiday weekend. Works perfectly for those of us trying to avoid all those shenanigans though. 

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I decided to not let the rain stop me today and went to Lake Shawnee. And it paid off with the lake to myself, and my best bass of the year weighing in a 3 lbs and 15 oz. Spinnerbaits, keitechs, jerkbaits, and a jig all caught fish, with spinnerbaits working the best. I have a couple pictures but I can’t upload them because they are too big, any hints on how to get that fixed? 

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i did some searching on the forum so we will see if this did it?

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3 hours ago, Lincoln said:

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i did some searching on the forum so we will see if this did it?

Looks great! Nice fish

-Jared

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Thank you! 

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Anyone go to Melvern this weekend? Wondering if they got hammered by the rain. Was thinking of going Friday but don't want to make the drive if the water got muddy. 

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19 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Anyone go to Melvern this weekend? Wondering if they got hammered by the rain. Was thinking of going Friday but don't want to make the drive if the water got muddy. 

Don't know if you made it out, but I was out there today. I don't think they ended up getting much rain; the water clarity looked pretty good overall up until about a mile past arrow rock.

 

We found fish really spread out, but better fish were pretty shallow cruising fish coming off of hard bottom flats.

 

-Jared

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6 hours ago, KCFinesse said:

Don't know if you made it out, but I was out there today. I don't think they ended up getting much rain; the water clarity looked pretty good overall up until about a mile past arrow rock.

 

We found fish really spread out, but better fish were pretty shallow cruising fish coming off of hard bottom flats.

 

-Jared

Thanks, just the info I needed. I fish during the week and can't go until Friday, but no rain in the forecast so it shouldn't muddy up between now and then unless something drastically changes. 

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Need some advice.  I am going to Hillsdale tomorrow to fish and I haven't had a lot of luck there.  Where are some of the areas of the lake that you guys have success in at Hillsdale??

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Last time we were at Hillsdale (few weeks ago) if you were fishing deeper than 5' you were too deep. 

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11 hours ago, doughboy1979 said:

Need some advice.  I am going to Hillsdale tomorrow to fish and I haven't had a lot of luck there.  Where are some of the areas of the lake that you guys have success in at Hillsdale??

Scott's Branch is always a good place to start. Up past the Tontzeville/Gardner Rd bridge can be good but navigation gets tricky in areas too. 

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Anybody been to Leavenworth State Lake??  Wondering if the water level is back near normal?

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On 9/5/2018 at 3:22 PM, Lincoln said:

I decided to not let the rain stop me today and went to Lake Shawnee. And it paid off with the lake to myself, and my best bass of the year weighing in a 3 lbs and 15 oz. Spinnerbaits, keitechs, jerkbaits, and a jig all caught fish, with spinnerbaits working the best. I have a couple pictures but I can’t upload them because they are too big, any hints on how to get that fixed? 

If someone invested time in that water prizes can be had. I find the lake to be an amazing swimbait lake. Huge shad out there. Plus, It's 45 mins from my house in Olathe. Once I get a motor on my boat I'll be taking it to work and going directly there to fish, post work. I did notice this year there seems to be less grass in deep water. I winder if the lake was treated?

 

Has anyone been on Middle Creek lately?

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24 minutes ago, skunked_again said:

 

 

Has anyone been on Middle Creek lately?

It's been fishing really good, lots of frog fish.

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3 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

It's been fishing really good, lots of frog fish.

Thank you.

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7 hours ago, skunked_again said:

If someone invested time in that water prizes can be had. I find the lake to be an amazing swimbait lake. Huge shad out there. Plus, It's 45 mins from my house in Olathe. Once I get a motor on my boat I'll be taking it to work and going directly there to fish, post work. I did notice this year there seems to be less grass in deep water. I winder if the lake was treated?

 

Has anyone been on Middle Creek lately?

It really is a great little lake that I’m lucky to have just minutes from my house. As far as Swimbaits go the farthest into that I have gotten is keitechs and they do tend to produce well. Personally the best bites I’ve gotten into on that lake was last Nov/Dec on jerkbaits. The size so far is bigger on average this year so I’m pretty excited for that bite to come back. Plus now having a bow mount trolling motor should help fight the wind that tended to make certain parts of the lake to challenging to fish last winter. As far as the weed treatments go I haven’t heard anything, but I do know that they are still extremely thick in the shallows. And I’ve seen them as deep as 10’ in certain areas. 

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Melvern was a little tougher Friday, but still caught plenty to keep it interesting. Both of us caught all 3 species, plus I had a couple drum and a keeper eye.

 

Took the boy Thursday and caught a real nice one. My 5th fish over 6 for the year at 6.58 pounds on a homemade 1/8oz micro finesse jig.

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Very nice bluebasser86!!!!   Went to Gardner Lake on Saturday for about 2.5 hours and we caught about 10-12 bass.  Maybe 1 or 2 keepers, but the rest were small.  The hyrdila was really bad, probably from all of the rain a couple of weeks ago.  We were snagging the hydrila down to about 8-10 feet, so it fishing painful as it seemed like every other cast we were catching that crap.

 

Buddy and I mostly used crankbaits.  I tried using worms and a jig, but caught nothing using them.  

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