Archive for the Rivers and Lakes Category

April 21st, 2015: Dragging Bottom for Freshwater Drum

Its that time of year again… time to sample the Freshwater Drum population in your local creek or river.  Get yourself an appropriate sink tip or long leader and a couple weedless lead eyed Hammerhead Missouri Buggers/ roughdubs/ or HH sculpins and its on like donkey kong… I’m using a 16 ft fast sink tip, 6ft leader and lead eyed, weedless fly. Tap bottom till something taps back. Likely spots are around boulders, rock piles, gravel bottoms, heads and tails of pools, water outlets, and tail-waters.

 

 

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Its Been A While…..Mulberry Hatch 2013!

Enjoy….

Fish on 2013: Missouri River Wild Grass Carp on the Fly

I visited “the spot” a couple days ago, seeing several large Grass Carp in the mid to upper creek, which is much deeper than the lower creek in times of low water.  After getting skunked on the Musky front I headed over to the creek for a little look see.  “Up or down the creek?”, I wonder.   Water has been so low that I wondered if they were stacking up below some of the downstream riffles, waiting for higher water while they enjoy the warmer temps of the small creek.  Bingo! about 1/2 mile downstream I found at least 1 or 2 large herds of GC.  I chased them down the creek and back up taking 6 fish, mostly on a black ops variant with sparkle tail. Silver and black on size 8 and you can’t go wrong. I fish a lot of black in sizes 4-8 in the general shape of  wooly buggers and black ops.  Size 4 is great for giant GC, commons, catfish, and hybrid bass, along with drum etc.  So when your not seeing GC you can throw the same flies or a little larger and slaughter everything else in town, and should that GC show himself …no need to change flies.

a grass carp in the water hooked on a fly

The first fish of 2013! Thank you Mr or Ms GC

 

Grass Carp Caught with a small black fly called the black ops

 

One of my best grass carp flies

Black ops sparkle tail, a new them on an old fly...does the trick

 

 

a hooked grass carp swims near a milk jug pollution

The pollution makes for a great size guage in this situation.

 

 

carp and warm water fly

For general warm water fly fishing and Carp...this is a great fly (the species list on flies almost identical to this are very near 100 diff species, for real)

Never Say Never: Winter Carp and More…

 

Grass carp caught on the fly december 2012

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

 

Largemouth

 

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!