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Lake: John Martin Reservoir

Good Day at J-Mart

Post By: dblendc      Posted: 5/14/2018 10:38:05 AM     Points: 256    
Fished Friday the 11th from 9 until 1. My wife wanted some practice driving the boat which sounded like a great idea. We put on, and were into the white bass within 15 mins. Anything silver and shiny and those w/b would be on the attack. I used a storm shad with a purplish hew, and a skinny shad rapala all day.

My oh my, some of those white bass had chunky bellies on them. Also caught 3 crappie as well. Funny thing, those crappie were so aggressive they took the same lures as the white bass. Must have been in there doing battle with the w/b school. Lastly, I was able to boat a wiper. Much bigger than the white bass and he sure put up a good fight.

Overall, it was a lot of fun. I am already planning another day on the water.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 5/14/2018 8:47:45 PM     Points: 333    
Nice work getting the whites and a nice wiper plus bonus crappie. I need to retire so I can get that far with the boat. JM holds a special place in my memories, learned how to fish there in Grandpaís boat.
 Reply by: fullcurlram      Posted: 5/20/2018 10:36:35 AM     Points: 35    
Thanks for the report! Did you happen to see masses of shad along the bank or anywhere for that matter? Not too many years ago about this time we experienced so many shad along the shoreline near the dam you could literally scoop them out by hand--obviously the fishing then was super!
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 5/20/2018 10:47:02 AM     Points: 63890    
I havenít seen Shad like that in a couple years. The lake is over run with white bass. I havenít caught a Shad in my cast net in 3 years but can catch 10 white bass every cast.
 Reply by: gotafish      Posted: 5/20/2018 10:55:27 AM     Points: 142    
I was out yesterday and no shad to be seen yet. The shad didn't really show up until June last year. I would expect that this year. Wiper and white bass everywhere. Crappie are hard to catch because of the numbers of whit bass and wiper. The Crappie we caught were 9-10 inches and black as coal. They are on the banks in the trees. Last night we caught a half dozen channel cats on squid and cut shad. JM is getting really good.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 5/20/2018 7:24:09 PM     Points: 14734    
Congratulations, sounds like a ball.
 Reply by: Perchpatrol      Posted: 5/20/2018 10:27:04 PM     Points: 570    
Was just wondering how John Martin is doing. Iím fishing/camping there this Tuesday 22nd - Friday 25th. You picking up the wiper on topwater? Sounds like I need to figure out how to get below the white bass.
 Reply by: catfishking      Posted: 5/20/2018 10:37:36 PM     Points: 867    
I fished John Martin today caught some decent whitebass and wipers on rattle traps also got into some crappie and gills good day out there
 Reply by: oldguy      Posted: 5/21/2018 8:19:05 AM     Points: 245    
The white bass and crappies are smaller this year at JMart.
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 5/21/2018 9:05:06 AM     Points: 63890    
Anyone use the fish cleaning station? Just checking if it was open.
 Reply by: PikeMartin      Posted: 5/21/2018 10:52:35 AM     Points: 215    
Fish cleaning station is open.
 Reply by: devon234      Posted: 5/29/2018 6:16:33 AM     Points: 168    
I was there a couple of weeks ago and I caught tons of white bass and a load of crappie. One cove I caught a saugeye, white bass, crappie, bluegill, and largemouth bass.

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