Post By: Ziriux Posted: 1/25/2016 2:32:52 PMPoints: 0
I just drove over to Harper Lake while on lunch at work. It looks like it two weeks time, assuming we dont have a huge cold front or much snow the ice may melt off. The middle of it already has open water and slowly melting out across the lake. The water is getting lower by the day.
They drain it a bit for the run off. Just as a FYI there is no ice fishing or fishing open water if there is any ice. So yes it would be nice to see it free up and get a line wet on a long rod. Thanks for the update
Hey, thanks for the info on the draining part for the run off. :)
I am very aware of no ice fishing or even fishing open water with ice there. This will be my 5th year going on that lake at least 2 to 3 times a week. Never noticed that they drain the lake, it explains why it feels back up easily every time.
Reply by: Ziriux Posted: 1/26/2016 8:55:44 AM Points: 0
That sounds great! Hopefully we run into each other and have some great success. I've had some great luck there the moment the ice melts off, the end of March and basically all April I've had some great success.
Reply by: Ziriux Posted: 1/26/2016 11:12:03 AM Points: 0
There is no fee to fish here. It is a 100% free, and you can even use boats such as kayaks, paddle boats as long as there is no motor on it. It is not necessary though shore fishing is amazing here. In the late February all the way to May you can catch them from the shore casting out 15-20 feet and catch fish anywhere from 13-17 inches. Kastmasters, the golden colored ones and salmon eggs are very effective. :)
Good luck catching a bass in Harper brother. A few years ago and even last year I caught a nice 13 inch bass. That's only 2 total! There's barely any bass in there. It's not swampy or humid enough for then in Louisville to get too big and catch easy.
You'd think that, but the last 3 years I've been going there, it's usually just me and around 5pm, when people get off work only about a couple show up and don't really know how to fish so they don't catch anything.
Yea, i'm hoping this weeks freeze is the last of it, harper was just about to melt off until this week which im sure re-froze it pretty good again. By beginning of march it should be ready to go.
I highly suggest you fish it through March if you can. Salmon eggs and lures work too, but Salmon eggs for sure catch. All the pregnant female trout come out and eat and that's when you get it. Last year I kept the 20' inch fish which I wish I didn't she would have been much bigger, but I'm sure someone else would have caught her and killed her.
Attached are the latest pics of Harper Lake Ice. We are not allowed to fish until the lake is fully melted off but by my calculation of a quarter of it being melted off already and as you can see in the pictures the ice being thin and cracking each hour that passes by Friday or Saturday it should be gone!
Reply by: Ziriux Posted: 2/14/2016 11:14:47 AM Points: 0
I'm going to go see the city of Louisville rec department to be sure, but just in your experience and knowledge I'm curious if this boat is ok. I would almost consider it close to a paddle boat style, since you sit upright haha.
Do you have luck fly fishing at harper, I ask because i see people with a fly set up and harper and never see them catch anything while i'm catching them on kastmasters, panther martins and salmon eggs. What I'd like to do is do a float with fly at the end since i'm not a fly fisherman and don't want to get the fly kit.
Yea, i don't know how well you'll do with that set up here. Good luck, let me know when you're at this lake, just post on the forum here. This weekend I'm out to Vega till sunday ice fishing. I hope you do well.
Harper is free of ice and fishing slow. Flies have been good in the past. Water is clear and low but not sure if it'll effect fishing with flies. I have not caught a fish there yet this week but I haven't tried the east, and north side yet. The fish seems to be out further still which I am surprised to see. Boating don't start til May 1st but I would like to see you guys out there.
Pilgrim my friend, you're not going to catch squat with salmon eggs until mid march. It's almost a fact, i've learned that over the last 5 years and just by researching. Yet i always start fishing with them before switching to anything else.
I was at harper this morning already no bite, the water is way to cold. Since you'll be using a fish finder i take it you'll be on a boat? If you are make sure you got a boat or kayak permit. Also May 1st is the time you are allowed to use anything on water, that is assuming you're using something to get into water if not ignore my paragraph. :)
Let me know how it goes. Maybe we can all bump into each other out there.
Z, very right. No luck with the salmon eggs. I had excellent luck at St. Vrain state park with eggs Jan/Feb. Although, all stockers and only a few big ones. I wish I would have seen your post before heading out, I wouldn't have cast an egg line today.
I was fishing from the shore. I've got a pole for my fish finder. I didn't end up using it. Earth worm's were doing the trick.
Unfortunately, this guy was too deep set to release.
Reply by: Ziriux Posted: 2/26/2016 9:22:22 AM Points: 0
Nice job on catching the trout, I'm glad you were able to get some fishing in and catch one even. I assume night crawlers will work too.
Yea brother, I will be out there, easiest way to identify that it's me on the lake you'll see some dude wearing a black hat with an orange gander mountain logo on it. I usually fish the west side of the lake since it's closest to the parking lot. I get lazy :p
I usually just fish the West and South shore as that's where I have had the most lucky. I've tried the North shore but don't think I've ever tried the West. Any luck North or West ever? Where do they stock it at? I got a note saying it won't be stocked until April with trout and again in September with catfish. When its stocked it will be packed with those large families taking all the fish they can get everyday. I have witnessed this the past two years.
The west side and the south is very good. West being the best side, they like to come towards those rocks in the shallow. Caught my biggest one 19 inch rainbows last march right along the southwest side of the lake on salmon eggs.
They stock it the 2nd week of April I've noticed usually.I didn't know this whole time until i read the whole sign that they put catch fish in there. I've never caught one but than again I never try to catch them either. I know there's carp in there and you see a school of 20 at a time in the warm summer months.
I see a lot of families there, but a lot of them aren't good at catching fish either. If it was up to me I would mandate catch and release in the whole state so that we have monster fish over the next 3 to 5 years. :)
No I've been going the past couple of years as I live and work a mile down the road. I'll be waiting until it starts picking up to get a little more excited. I might head down in a couple of hours to try again if the wind holds down.
Reply by: Ziriux Posted: 2/29/2016 10:55:25 AM Points: 0
Nice job fishslap! They have not stocked the lake, which is all more impressive that you caught that many. I'm not a fly fisherman so that's most likely been the success of your catches. My worm, salmon eggs, power bait, spinners and lures are not getting any action.
Reply by: Ziriux Posted: 2/29/2016 11:18:13 AM Points: 0
Yea usually mid to end April. I like catching the fish before the stocking happens, bigger and nicer fish. I'm a catch and release guy, I like to see the fish get bigger.
I don't know how you feel about this sportfisher, but I'd like them to mandate only a 2 fish limit and encourage catch and release, it would be nice for the lake to have some bigger game fish in there. What do you think about that?