Post By: deLume01 Posted: 7/19/2020 4:07:09 PMPoints: 9
Landed what CDOW is calling the new Wiper record. It hit my girlfriend's lure first and she snapped it off, a second later it destroyed my lure. Amazing fight for a good 5/8 minutes, pulling drag. When we finally got it in, my girlfriend netted it and her lure was on one side of the mouth, and mine on the other! After getting official measurements we spent 40 minutes in vain trying to revive her back. Feel truly blessed for this wonderful gift.
Reply by: dang1 Posted: Jul. 22, 10:55:05 AM Points: 0
broke one and on to the other... that's awesome just coming trhoug freight-training EVERYTHING in his path, they don't reproduce anyway, and are delicious table fare. Good on ya for trying to let someone else experience it but meh?... it was his time. congrats on the fish of a life time.
The thing about wipers is, they are Pelagic (probably spelled that wrong). It means they follow the food. You'll certainly find spots they'll be "usually", but they might be hungry for something different that day and over at the Arby's.
I've been chasing them out there for years, and very rarely do you find them in the same spots. It takes a lot of hunting some times.
Anyone know if the lake is dry yet? Planning on trying my luck in the morning again, haven't decided if I'm going to lazy fish, or take the kayak. Have to check wind/weather reports still.
Last report shows outlet still running in "drain the tub" mode, weather looks freakishly fantastic. I think the Dinkfish II may be making the trip in the morning. Hopefully the wind reports are right, and I can get some quality time with my kayak in this week.
Gonna chase me a few fishies...hopefully anyway. Been a much slower year out there than I've had the past few, but I KNOW they're still in there! (Because I never keep any.)
I know there is at least one more trophy in there (or there was last friday) because I was watching him/her bust shad at the dam Friday morning. Looked like someone was throwing HUGE rocks in the water he threw up so much splash.
Won't know until tomorrow what it looks like. I'll be out there around 0630 or so. Last week, it was already low enough that I wasn't seeing the typical deep draft wake boats and such. It sounds like they've not shut off the outlet either...
Try calling the ranger station there? Usually pretty helpful folks out that way.
I'm hand launch, so I should be ok. If it's as low as some are saying, the ramp might be out of the water by now. For boaters sake, I hope not. If you do get on, be careful, the water out there gets mighty skinny quick in some areas!
Had to walk ankle deep to launch the kayak, found less than 10 feet of water everywhere I went. (of course i don't have a fish finder so that's a guess) Got one small drum on a flicker shad, and NOTHING else. Wind was calm, barely a breeze. Water is DIRTY. I couldn't see a fire tiger flicker shad a foot down kind of dirty. Carp still jumping all over, and water still pouring out the outlet.
Saw a few skiers/jetskis, but no deep wake boats. Was one pontoon on the water, not sure if it was a resident or launched today though. Most of the mooring bouy's are out of the water along the west bank now. You can walk on dirt/sand/mud along much of the dam. (it looked like anyway, I was out in the kayak) Bit of a haul to get to the water at the sailboat ramp, and they've got the gate down so you have to go over the brush. Saw at least one wake boat TRY to launch and turn around at the ramp, won't be long before you can't launch I'm guessing.
Reply by: D-Zilla Posted: Aug. 6, 3:42:14 PM Points: 2425
Going back tomorrow, looking for Mr. Rubberlips. I'm guessing by now I can probably wade across the lake in a couple minutes, but I'll let ya'll know how it looks. Going to my favorite spot along the dam, maybe I can collect my lures along the way too....
Hopefully it's not a dry lakebed by now, and they're hosting drag races.
Reply by: D-Zilla Posted: Aug. 7, 1:23:27 PM Points: 2425
So.....heartbreaking as it is.....
Jackson is REALLY low. I saw a few boats out, none of the big boys though. Mostly fishing boats (or jet skis) Didn't see any of the deep draft wake boats or party barges. Probably not safe to launch it. I fished from the lake bed 10 feet in front of the base of the dam.
Water still brown/green. Visibility still around 8 inches to a foot.
Rubberlips did decide to grace me with his presence. 28.5 inches of him. GREAT fight, healthy release. Finally managed to catch what I assume has been stealing my worms all season....
PERCH. Yes, seriously. Caught 2 about 6 inches each on worms from the bottom. Missed MANY more. They'd not let it sit more than a minute down there and they were all over it. Went through most of my worms today feeding them too. Watched folks wade out waist deep about 100 yards out, water is still pouring out, still a nice vortex in front of the gate house, only now it's only about 5' from the waters edge.
Sad to see, but happy they at least let me fish it. Farmers need water, and the weather hasn't cooperated this year. Probably going to keep going weekly from here on out, might end up a salvage operation before too long though. If they haven't all gone down the outlet, they'll be boiling soon.
If you get your boat on it, BE CAREFUL. There isn't a lot of water left, and what little structure is in there could be right below the surface now.
Reply by: D-Zilla Posted: Aug. 8, 4:58:52 PM Points: 2425
PLENTY of shore now, you can walk around the lake on the lake bed! It's quite possible, but watch your lures it's really shallow water. Was watching folks wade out waist deep to cast lures so they had some depth under them.