1. Only 2 today. Caught this within the first 15 minutes, then a smaller one a bit later, then it went quiet.

    15.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

    1. Jeff B 0
      The beautiful thing about fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable. At the end of every cast is excitement, hope and sometimes a tree ...more with a hole in it that your lure barely fit in, but you NAILED IT!
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      I was getting frustrated, I need to relax more out there.
    3. Jeff B 0
      Nice catch Mark! Beats doing yard work ANY DAY!
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      I agree, to windy.
    5. Drew H 0
      Same, 2 today. Rough day! A little too windy for my taste as well.
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  2. Got out for a few hours this morning, caught this guy right at the end. God is good.

    17.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Chatterbait

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Frank, surprisingly there wasn't a whole lot of people there today.
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice, Mark. I didn’t want to fight the crowds.
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Brian
    4. Nice fish Mark and I agree God is good
    5. Mark Merlin 0
    6. Paul Reich 0
      What color chatterbait?
    7. Jeff B 0
      You're killing with that chatterbait. Well done!!
    8. Mark Merlin 0
      ty bud
    9. Rick S 0
      Nice one Mark!
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  3. Hey all, I plan on being at Moraine, next Saturday morning around 6:30am. Anyone who wants to join me feel free. Launching either at lower 528, or McDaniels. Post ...more if you can be there. I'll be in my Sea Eagle 285 with Trolling Motor.

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Decided to launch at lower 528 if anyone is interested.
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Anyone interested in maybe going to Loyalhana??
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  4. Caught 4 total today at my undisclosed location. I can't wait until the crowds leave Moraine so that I can return there on Saturdays.

    Channel Catfish with a Spinnerbait

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      I was the only one on the lake today. The Bass here aren't very big yet. Lots of Catfish and Crappie.
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice to have a spot away from the holiday crowds.
    3. Jim Holland 0
      Nice, Mark. Yeah, hopefully, the ding dongs will be off the water soon enough, cause the bite is picking up.
    4. Jim Leise 0
      the only catfish I think i;'ve caught on a top water lure.
    5. Jim Leise 0
      I caught a catfish on a whopper plopper....well almost caught it. it broke my line as i was lifting it into the boat. probably about a 20+ inch catfisth. if ...more you happen to catch a catfish with a whopper plopper (sexy shad) let me know lol
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      No, other 3 were Bass
    7. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice one Mark!!
    8. Rick S 0
    9. Brady Field 0
      were they all catfish on a spinner bait?
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  5. A small day, caught 6, one nice 12 inch Crappie. A beautiful day overall.

    Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Thanks Chad
    2. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice Mark!!
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  6. 1 of 4, none very big, this one was 14 inches. Thanks to Jeff for holding it for me, I had treble hook in my finger and couldn't do both.

    14.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Crankbait

  7. A slow weekend for me, just two in the boat, missed four.

    15.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Chatter Bait

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Nice catches, Mark.
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Steve, I'll try that.
    3. Steve Wendt 0
      Throw white double bladed spinnerbaits, tipped with a white Mr twister, you'll catch piles of bass beating the shoreline and weedline.
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Frank
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice fish. Most of what I caught was dink city. These are nice fish.
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      I have a feeling, had I used leader on my braid I would have landed those I missed.
    7. Rick S 0
      No skunk in the boat!
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  8. A long, hot morning, but I enjoyed every minute. Caught 2 Sunnies as well. The Bass didn't cone until almost 11:30.

    15.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Yum Dinger on a Texas Rig

  9. I promised not to give out the location here, but, caught 18 total fish, mostly Largemouth. I missed a Bass on a Rooster Tail, went right back to that spot with ...more a Spinnerbait and caught this. The Cat was 19 inches.

    16.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Nice! You've been talking to Rick, huh? 😄
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Thanks all
    3. Rob C 0
      Excellent Mark!
    4. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice day, Mark!
    5. Rick S 0
      A good day in anyone's book
    6. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice Mark!! Sounds like a good spot.
    7. Mark Merlin 0
      This was not Lake Arthur
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  10. Caught 9 total fish, 5 LM, 1 SM, 2 nice size Crappie, and 1 Bluegill. I missed 4 others though, 3 LM and one SM. Oh well, I'll take it.

    2 lb. 1 oz. 17.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Chatterbait(Chartreuse)

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Jeff, I'm really enjoying fishing for Crappie on my light Rod, it's a blast.
    2. Jeff B 0
      That's a good day right there Mark. Variety is the spice of life! 👊
    3. Rick S 0
      Nice Mark!
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty, almost gave up hope today. I missed so many figured it was going to be one of those days.
    5. Jim Holland 0
      Nice bag, Mark!
    6. Drew H 0
      Not a bad day! I am hoping to get a smallie or two this year.
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I took up fishing again in 2016, and can't think of a better way to spend a morning.

Fishing Favorites

  • Species Bass
  • Waterway Lake Arthur, Glade Run Lake
  • Lure Poppers, Jigs, Spinnerbaits