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Lake: John Martin Reservoir
Fish: Saugeye

Go day at John Martin

Post By: gotafish      Posted: 3/17/2017 7:28:28 AM     Points: 142    
The boat ramps opened on the 15th and was able to make it out on the 16th. Water temps were 48 at launch. Picked up some Saugeye off the Rocky points using gulp minnows. The white bass picked up where they​ left off last year. Looks to be another good year at JM if they can keep water in it. Supposed to be in the upper 80s this weekend, I think I will hit it again. Thank God for spring.
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: 3/17/2017 11:40:53 AM     Points: 1047
Nice, keep an eye out for them crappies. Last year there were in there but deep.
 Reply by: culinarypunk      Posted: 3/17/2017 11:47:46 AM     Points: 84487
The lake I miss the most!

Hope to make it back there soon!

I took you post and made it into a conditions report and gave you the credit for it.
 Reply by: Trout Catcher      Posted: 3/17/2017 11:54:06 AM     Points: 33
Where is a decent spot to get into the white bass? There this weekend. Fishing from shore
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: 3/17/2017 12:17:28 PM     Points: 1047
Trout, I've caight WB anywhere on the dam and the north boat ramp. The water temp and wind direction is key to catching WB imo. John has an abundance of WB and should be easy pickin if you can locate them.
 Reply by: culinarypunk      Posted: 3/17/2017 12:30:20 PM     Points: 84487
Fish the dam and trussel
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 3/17/2017 12:31:53 PM     Points: 11333
Anywhere you can toss a line . .the white bass are out of control.
We could not get down past them to catch other fish last yr.
 Reply by: Trout Catcher      Posted: 3/17/2017 2:04:52 PM     Points: 33
Okay going to fish the rocky points and dam this evening, keep ya informed.
 Reply by: Trout Catcher      Posted: 3/17/2017 3:15:39 PM     Points: 33
Gotafish, where did you get bit on the white bass, they are not hitting right now and I can't seem to see the problem.
 Reply by: gotafish      Posted: 3/17/2017 3:53:48 PM     Points: 142
We got into them where the river meets the lake. I think they were looking for warmer water. White twister tails seemed to work best on them.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 3/17/2017 4:34:21 PM     Points: 12342
We have an episode of FTTV coming up tomorrow (3/18, and running all week) featuring John Martin white bass. It was filmed last September. Smallish white bass were so thick everywhere we fished that I actually worry about the fishery...they are overpopulated as far as I could tell without real fishery sampling data, and they were devouring anything in their path. Most were skinny, even for white bass.

Whatever we threw, wherever we threw it...if it was any shallower than about 12 feet of water, we got constant bites. Finding 12" plus fish was much, much tougher. I caught about 8 average dinks on the boat ramp in the amount of time it took my buddy to back my truck down the main ramp. I guess if I was targeting them there again, I'd fish a Powergrub or Gulp! Minnow on an 1/8oz jighead. We were in the boat but fish were very near the shoreline everywhere and I'd expect the same in spring. CL
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 3/17/2017 6:17:15 PM     Points: 3013
Really nice fish there Fishful, one of my favorite lakes since they drained the mighty Bonny.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 3/19/2017 8:35:29 PM     Points: 285
How far is JM from Denver? like 3 hours?
 Reply by: smallieking      Posted: 3/19/2017 9:04:38 PM     Points: 1383
Are the white bass in JM bigger this year?
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 3/19/2017 9:09:54 PM     Points: 2474
Somewhere north of 4 hours I think. I haven't driven it since last year, but if you throw ANYTHING out there, you better put a couple ounces on it or the WB will eat it before it gets deep enough for anything else.

Son and I put over 90 on the bank in an afternoon, and it didn't matter what we threw! I managed to get a line down past them and caught a couple anemic looking catfish. I too am worried about that fishery. They need to up the limits on those smaller fish or something.

Put a few nets in and feed the homeless even, SOMETHING. The other fish are going to starve off if they don't. The WB's are eating EVERYTHING they can get in their mouths, and some stuff they can't! (Good money on BIG wipers being caught on WB imitations in coming months!)
 Reply by: adayspentfishing      Posted: 4/4/2017 5:19:42 PM     Points: 1
I went a few times last year and the limit was 20 any size. Doesn't matter what the limit is if there is no one fishing. I do think they were overstocked. The WB were small too, only 6-8 inches. They are fun to catch though. one every cast.

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