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They just drained a local lake that I used to fish to repair the dam. I haven't been out there in the last couple years though because the fishing had gone way down hill. So hopefully when they fill it back up the fishing will improve over the next few years. I found some honey holes, but I was really suprsied at just how bare most of the bottom of the lake was. So here's a bunch of pics I took.

So for the first one: This is just a view near the dam.

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Here's a fishing dock that the creek channel swings pretty close to.  Also notice the nice rocky point in the background.

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Here's a one of a couple footbridges I found.  This would probably be in about 10 feet of water.  It's not shown but there is a big flat just to the left of this pic with the channel running in front of that.

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Here's the second foot bridge.  It's really hard to see.  All you can really see is the top of it.  This one is right on the channel and is probably closer to 20 ft down.

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Here's a long main lake point. (on the other side of the lake).  Too bad it's pretty bare.  Hopefully they will plant some vegetation on it or soemthing.

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Here's a nice rock point with a shelf. The rock point extends down to about 10 ft deep and then there is a flat shelf. Then another small bare point that extends down into the channel to 25+ ft deep. (not really able to see in the pic)

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Here's a closer look at that small rocky point.  I am actually standing in what would be about 10 ft. of water.

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Here's a rock hump that's a little off the shore.  You're actaully able to see the top of this one when the lake is full.

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Here's something that really caught my eye. A nice piece of wood. Above is a huge flat that will hopefully have some vegetation on it when they fill it back up. And below the old creek channel.  PRIME TIME!!!!

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And the last one:

A poor soul who lost their boat. It's really hard to see. It's the only thing over there on that bare shore. It looked to be a old fiberglass runabout boat.

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Rock chalk man,  your youngsters have been getting it together lately!!  

Too bad we don't have pictures like this on all lakes to explain patterns like spawn.

Picture number 2 shows what looks like could be a channel with all the bends.  You could say picture this as a creek channel cutting through the flats, the bends in the channels are where prestaging fish will hold until the temps get right for them to move up on the flats.   That ditch, gut, channel may only be 2 ft deep, but its enogh to hold them there until the time is right.

#3 looks like an old road bed that I would c-rig if conditions are right, if in a creek arm, another good staging spot for prespawn.

Would be good time to have area club build brush piles and tire reefs and ask about stocking floridas with a catch and release policy on bass to build it back up again.   Would love to have opportunity to build my own from scratch.

Go jayhawks!!! Go Big XII,   Marchmadness is not that far off.

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those spots look like they'd be killer spots.  I like the tree at the end of the flat and the first footbridge you showed.  Both of those would seem to hold some pretty good fish, along with the flats and points.

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do you think they would allow you or someone else to come in and add cover to the lake?  if so that would be awesome.

then you could kind of map or at least know where all the cover is in the lake...

Alfred

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do you think they would allow you or someone else to come in and add cover to the lake? if so that would be awesome.

then you could kind of map or at least know where all the cover is in the lake...

Alfred

Remeber I am in Kansas and 90% of the population think there are only two kinds of fish. Catfish and Crappie.  ;D Everything else is junk.

And yes it looks like there has been a lot of "Crappie" fisherman out there putting down some Chirstmas trees. Those will hold some bass as well. Hopefully before they fill it back up I can get a GPS and go out there and mark some spots by actually walking down in the lake and marking them. It was too d**n cold and windy or I would have went up the other arm today. ;D

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theres a lake here in my town, not a great fishing lake(way too pressured) or a big lake, but..its water, right?  Anyway, I was probably 9 or 10 when they drained all the water that had previously been there and went about renovating and building it bigger, with a new dam.  I used to walk the bottom all the time, playing in it with my friends and doing the kid thing.  Makes me mad to think back and realize I could have taken pictures and known where just about everything was in that lake had I done that.  I would love to have some pictures of it before it was filled.  

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Those are great, KU.  Seeing the type of structure that I read about all the time was extremely helpful for me.  When I read about them again I will see some of your pics in my mind and know exactly what is being talked about.

Awesome... Thanks!

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They drained mine about 1/3 of the way down to kill off the pervasive grass that we have.I got some pretty good pix of structure I could use.I don't have any pix as good as yours as far as a complele picture of the structure though.

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What lake is it? By the way find any old lures in those brush piles :D ?

It's Douglas County Lake. And nope, all the brush piles and rocks had been picked over pretty good. I didn't  see anything.

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A few years back they drained the one lake I fish down about 3/4's of the way. I went in and took pic's with an old disposable camera. After they filled it back up, I took a two of my friends there and was able to remember where the drainage ditches and the creek channel were. I was able to pull 3 out that day (if I remember right, the water temp was still in the 40's). Hold on to those pics, they will come in handy!

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Nice.

I hope you drew yourself a map and x'ed everything that you found.That one stump looks like the perfect home for a big fat pre-spawn staging female,waiting for the water to warm so she can roll up on that flat and take care of business.

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Thanks for posting the pics KU!  I'm going to go out there sometime this weekend or next with my GPS to mark spots and take some pics.  Now I'll be anxious for the lake to fill back up so I can compare my boat electronics with the pics.  Should be a good learning experience.  

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