Friday, October 21, 2011

Reversing a Slow Day on The Lake

The closer it gets to cold weather here in the South the harder it is to find and land a quality fish on any body of water. That was the case Monday when I ventured out on Ryan Creek which is one of the main creeks that Smith Lake possesses. I was going to fish for crappie under the docks in water 30 to 35 ft deep using a small spoon jigging it up about two feet and letting it flutter back down, but that proved useless. The only thing I landed was a small spot that hit the spoon on the fall. So I decided to change tactics and go with the 5 wt. fly rod, which I had rigged with the 6 size Boogle Bug. This setup was the only thing that saved an otherwise slow day. I was fishing right before a cold front that was pushing through that night so there was a bit of top water action for a couple of hours after lunch.
This will be my last warm water fishing trip for this year. I will retire my bugs and rods until next spring. I intend to continue my trips below the dam for trout, so keep an eye for those post. Have a great weekend everyone.
Still after the Boogle Bug even in water temps 70 degrees
This Spot inhaled this Bug as if it was Spring Time--I need to work on building up my right arm because I know come Spring I will be landing Spots larger than this guy.
The weather was even warm enough for this guy to get some sun.

12 comments:

Trout MaGee said...

Thank goodness for the Boozle Bug :) Nice looking fish too. The snake is scary for sure. Thanks for sharing. Tight Lines.

blake said...

Gee, that kind of works out, I really enjoy those tailrace trout reports!

nothing wrong with spots and gills for the record ;)

Kev2380 said...

That's pretty good to still be getting top water hits. A kid down here just caught a 17inch crappie at a local lake. He was using worms but still that is a monster.

Bill Trussell said...

Trout
Can't believe I say this snake with the water that cool.

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
The great thing about the trout below the dam is they will be active all the way through the winter, so it will keep me practice for the coming spring

Bill Trussell said...

Kev
A crappie that large is awesome, and to land it on a worm is unusual.

Shoreman said...

My summer Crappie run didn't go as planned this year. Always next year. Waiting to hear some trout reports.

Mark

Mel said...

Hi, Bill. Nice to see that you are still getting some tugs on your line this late in the season. As for the snake, I can do without that kind of attention!

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
What would we do if we didn't have the following Spring to look forward too? Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
That was my last trip for this year, it is starting to get cold and the fishing is too slow for me this time of year. I got another project I am working on now. I will be doing a post on it soon. thanks for the comment

Sanders said...

Well done sir! enjoyed the report, glad you found some fish.

Bill Trussell said...

Thanks Sanders, I will continue to go after the trout, but the warm water at Smith is on hold until next spring. Thanks for the comment