I took a guide’s day off this Labor Day Monday, slept in a bit, and then took my wife, Miss Rebecca, out fishing. Actually, I took Rebecca out reading, and I did the fishing, but, it was the “shoulder to shoulder” time together that counted! Without the pressure of producing for guests today, I did some exploring as the seasons gradually begin to change. I found, for the first time in a long time, fish sufficiently congregated on Stillhouse to sit and vertical jig for.
After looking over a few areas and boating one short largemouth off a deep rock cluster at Area 90, I headed to Area 056 and put out a single downrigger, and covered ground at a pretty good clip while studying sonar. At the breakline found at Area 664, there was both bait and bottom-hugging gamefish, as well as a few suspended fish in this same general area. I moved on past, brought up the ‘rigger, eased back over the fish with the trolling motor and began to jig for these fish. The response was instant as the fish remained in place and responded to both a smoking approach, then, as they “got smart”, they responded to an “easing” technique followed up with a smoking retrieve. In about 2 hours’ time, I steadily pulled 31 fish off this area — all white bass — and all on Rattle Snakies — both the 1/4 oz. silver and the 1/8 oz. white.
With family plans made for midday and beyond, the sun heating up, the fishing slowing down, and the Labor Day pleasure craft beginning to proliferate, we called it a day right at 10am and headed back to the dock.
TALLY = 32 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 7:30a
End Time: 10:15a
Air Temp: 76F at trip’s start.
Water Surface Temp: ~82F
Wind: Winds were light from the SSE at around 7.
Skies: Skies were fair.