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We Found Hard-Fighting Wipers and Caught Many 5lbers

Post By: FishHuntNow      Posted: 4/7/2021 3:51:29 PM     Points: 1643    
I love Spring time fishing! Most every species is ready to aggressively feed to put some pounds back on especially Wipers, they eat more then most fish to keep active and boy were they aggressive! Between me and Paul we must have caught over 30. All returned to the water and swimming strong.

I highly recommend some Wiper fishing if you want a hard fighting fish, fair warning you may not want to trout fish again. ). Here is a video [log in for link]

Also some pictures below of our catches and the beautiful day.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Apr. 7, 3:52:37 PM     Points: 1643    
A few more...
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: Apr. 7, 5:23:46 PM     Points: 634    
Those things are all muscle. I run into a few every spring with my crappie jig. They'll destroy the transmission on a new ultralight reel. I would need physical therapy if I caught 30.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Apr. 7, 5:46:10 PM     Points: 1643    
Yes they are! I seriously thought the very first one I caught was a snagged carp or something, it startled me and it felt like a rock pulling me. Thankfully my only accidental catch with a crappie rod was a 19 inch walleye I was vertically jigging that I got.
 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: Apr. 7, 7:49:35 PM     Points: 2169    
That's an EPIC day! Thanks for sharing. I saw a dead wiper floating at Jackson last year that had to be close to 36", my guess is it was hit by a boat or died of old age.... Unreal how big they get. My buddy lost one last year that stripped all the line off his reel after destroying the drag on a cheap set-up We both looked at each other in disbelief on how fast that thing took off.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Apr. 7, 7:55:01 PM     Points: 2468    
There is a reason I spend a lot of time at Jackson in the summer....Wipers are FUN. They will absolutely put your skills to the test. I love catching them. I've yet to find the elusive big boys out there, but I KNOW they're there...

Some day I'll get one....and some day I'll win the lottery too....yeah. Power of positive thinking.

Nice catches and again a good video.

Edit: No, that is NOT Jackson, just a similar type of lake.
 Reply by: Native_BW      Posted: Apr. 7, 10:40:11 PM     Points: 0    
Nice job! No Drum? You think the Wiper fight hard for their weight.

Too bad the lake is gonna be a good bit busier now... 🤦🏻‍♂️
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Apr. 8, 4:09:59 AM     Points: 74    
I don't always target them but when I do I need a new forearm.
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: Apr. 8, 8:25:11 AM     Points: 112    
Great day! Congratulations on that PB wiper!
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: Apr. 8, 9:03:53 AM     Points: 168    
Some good action there!
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Apr. 8, 10:27:27 AM     Points: 1643    
Ass bass or cash,

That is a massive wiper. I'm going to Swanson this year should be a blast and hopefully i can catch a 25 plus incher.

D-Zilla, thank you sir, a compliment coming from you means a lot. I don't ever target wiper, goingafter walleye or crappie I've caught a decent amount of wiper. This day put my tackle to test. Glad I have a Shimano reel in these situations. Can't wait to target them from my yak.

Native_BW. No drum i was surprised, i thought my first walleye was one but no luck. The lake is wakeless so many boats don't want to launch, there's no dock and have to walk a mile plus for good shoreline fishing. I don't mention the name.

SirGreg. After my lake trout outing which gave me a sore hand and shoulder, this pretty much did the same.

 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: Apr. 8, 10:53:32 AM     Points: 996    
Great Job guys! Nice to see there are still quality fish in there. There's been talk that quite a few have been lost. Got a 12.5 in perch last year, near where you got the walleye, which really surprised us!
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Apr. 8, 11:01:36 AM     Points: 2468    
You get them in your Yak, and even sub-keeper size with drag you around. Be ready for a tow job if you find the big boys. I got a LOT of 12-14 inchers last year out of Jackson and they would literally spin my kayak around in circles. Nevermind the ride you get from carp when you hook one....that is EPIC.

Nothing like trolling flicker shads and running through a school of wipers though, it's a rush for certain.

I think that's why they rank so high on my list of favorite species to catch.

I can't wait to get my kayak down to SC this summer for a little Striper action....some of the stripers coming out of the lake my family lives near are MONSTERS. 40" fish! I can't wait to get ahold of one of those....the one time I did it completely stripped my rod of line and I NEVER saw the took my bait and RAN. I think I was a little "under powered" then...I'd only taken my medium gear to fish with. Now I have some much heavier gear down there in storage waiting for my next visit.....

I honestly can't imagine hooking a 30" plus wiper on "Colorado" gear.....
 Reply by: snotsickles08      Posted: Apr. 8, 11:27:15 AM     Points: 23    
is this jackson reservoir? looking to take my boat to some new places instead of fishing for trout and pike all the time. thanks!! you can email me at if you dont want to say on here.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Apr. 9, 2:58:41 PM     Points: 1643    
Wingman, I didn't know perch were in here. Perch are my nemesis when it comes to open water I need to figure them out sometime.

D-Zilla, I have a Top Angler peddle drive kayak, I should get it out sometime for some wiper fishing I bet it would be a blast! I'm thinking McConoughey someday.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Apr. 9, 8:03:04 PM     Points: 2468    
Be careful if you do. Big Mac is a LOT like the mile when the wind comes up it's brutal and sudden! I'd love to put mine on there, but that is a long drive for a day of fishing.

I plan to hit my mudhole Sunday with my son, maybe we'll find some of those pretty stripedy fishes. Too bad I won't have my kayak though. Always next weekend, and every weekend until September as long as the water levels hold!
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: Apr. 9, 9:02:04 PM     Points: 112    
FishHuntNow: Blue Mesa is a great lake for open water Perch. Love to see you shoot some footage down there.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: Apr. 9, 9:20:20 PM     Points: 1492    
Were these Wipers caught in Colorado or do I need to expand my horizons?
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: Apr. 9, 9:36:22 PM     Points: 996    
FHN, we didn't know there were any perch there either. It was the only one we caught. We released it, so hopefully it made lots of babies :-) Need to watch the weather there, its tough getting across the lake when there's whitecaps, and you need to be wakeless.

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