Big Fish of the Day
This little stretch is almost always holding a couple Hybrids, a Drum or two and sometimes you might find catfish. Thanks to the pumps that come on every 10-15 minutes and discharge into the creek, this spot is usually hot…sometime more than others. You might have heard me lamenting a big fish i hooked in the discharge a week or two ago…it was a super powerful fish that struck a big hammerhead sculpin right in the discharge as it erupted about 6ft off the bank. I went back today as i often do… I started out with the same fly…I started by dappling the outer edges of the rocks right around some submerged vegetation and wouldn’t you know it, before my very eyes a big hybrid comes up and gulps the fly! it was a really nice fish like some of the others I’ve been catching lately..
That was nice! and look who showed up on the very next cast straight into the rushing discharge.
That was enough to keep me casting for another hour or so, the fish usually hit real quick when they are present so any lul indicates the fishing is probably done, but I don’t quit easy. When the pumps went off I knew it was time to throw right up in the discharge…a tap on the line and bingo! Big fish on. Forgive my self photography
This bad boy ran me up the creek then came back down…and ran me a couple more times… i had to crank down the drag danger tight just to make sure he didn’t get me in the snags. what a fish! I never checked for broken stripes, but the fish did seem flatish and broad so im going to say Hybrid striped bass, cuz I’ve never seen a stripper, but on second inspection of all the photos I don’t see any broken stripes..?. This fish was a good 5 inches bigger than any of my previous catches and did about 2-3x the running. All time best or damn close.
After that I got a drum on the same fly. summing it up….
Here’s a quick teaser for all you Great Lakes guys and general warm-water guys, no particular order…more coming soon. Oh yeah, check out the
Great Lakes and all around freshwater Page too if your interested.
Hammerhead Rough Dub Crayfish
Great Lakes Blind Squirrel
Hammerhead Depth Charge
Rabbit Charger Deep
HH Fatboy 2 Tone
HH Rock Dartrer
Pink Mallard Meat
Painted Puglisi Craw
HH Barred Reactor Bug
Back in early December I made three trips to warm water discharges on the lower Missouri River. The first trip was to the Labadie, MO power plant discharge. Access is from boat launch 1 mile down river on the opposite side. I made the trip in search of Hybrid Bass, but landed a number of Skipjack Herring and even a little largemouth.
Above is the view down river to the boat launch. Getting up and across river in a kayak is one hell of an adventure…add freezing weather and…well you get the idea. Best to have a boat.
This is a Skipjack Herring. This fish really seems to love a two handed fast as you can go retrieve. The fly is back to you in about 3-4 seconds when your going really fast. The fish will slash the fly repeatedly until you can set the hook, sometime bursting out of the water on the take. I’ve heard these fish are excellent light tackle sport. I enjoyed catching them even with my 8wt…
Oh yeah! This is the bad ass I came for. This fish had me hootin and hollarin, man these fish are a blast! Just wish I could find more of em in one spot.
Another nice skipjack
The next two trips were to Portage Des Sioux warm water outlet via Dresser Island boat launch. Its a mile plus to the next portage over the rock wall into the Mississippi and then into the power plant outlet.
on the road again…
View of the plant from the launch site.
There was a lot of Grass carp action going on in the shallow mud flats, I only managed one fish this day…
Closer to the discharge the water was thick with Goldeye…I’ve never seen so many goldeye in one place! I got hits on virtually every cast, getting a hook set was another mater all together. Somehow, someway they are tough to hook….but 1 in 3 or 4 usually came to hand.
Oh yeah! I love you Hybrid Bass….Tickle tickle.
Till next time!
P.S. if you haven’t already , Check out the latest “all fly” issue of Carppro Magazine for my piece on Carp flies, and lots of other great topics all relating to carp on the fly!