1. Hey! THAT'S not a Bass!

    Channel Catfish with a Chatterbait

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks Jeff. That thing tried to rip my arm off! I had one specific goal. Get my damn chatterbait back! So, that meant no line breaking, which I still don't ...more know how it didn't, especially once it got wrapped in my kayak anchor line for a moment!
    2. Jeff B 0
      I caught one Saturday on a 1/32 oz jig with a pink/silver tube while Crappie fishing. Cats get hungry too...lol. Nice catch Jim!
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  2. Finally! A topwater bite! Not only THAT, but a FROG BITE, to boot! Cross Creek Lake has been sprayed, and all the heavy grass vegetation is in mid die off, which ...more means there's not a lot on the surface, but there were huge amounts of this stuff, under the surface, just waiting to load up on your lure. So, I started with a Booyah Toad Runner, and finished the day with my favorite, a Paddletail swimbait on an Owner Flashy Swimmer hook, swimming it through these large areas of dying grass, which got me 2 more to round out the day.

    Largemouth Bass

    1. About 60 years ago my grandfather tied a. Live bull frog with a turtle hook on his back. And put a big bober and under hand piched the whole rig into Connyconeson ...more creek at Zelenople the frog was swimming for theweeds on about the 3rd try ( grandfather) keep pulling off the weeds. Frog was SMASHED by a 4 foot+ musky..Greatest top water action this kid ever saw. Been throwing jitterbugs and frogs ever since. Love it.
    2. Jim Holland 0
      Frank, I've developed a frog bute addiction.
    3. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks guys! Yeah, Drew, they sprayed, and so it's in mid die off. most of it's off the surface, but there's still a ton under the surface, withering.
    4. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice, Jim! Topwater is so much fun.
    5. Drew H 0
      Nice job! I need to get back there. Maybe this week - It was pretty weedy last time I was there so I am interested to see what it looks like now.
    6. Rick S 0
      Nice work Jim!
    7. Mark Merlin 0
      Excellent day Jim, wtg
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  3. North Park Lake proved difficult, today, as they sprayed a large swath of it for weeds, scattering the fish. None in their usual haunts. And the other half of the ...more lake remained horribly choked off. Only bites were these two that came off of some last remaining, isolated lily pads clumps that survived the spraying, about 30-40 feet out from shore.

    Largemouth Bass with a Strike King Rage Swimmer

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Yeah, it can be. Has been in the past year or two, it seems. I think there's so much weeds for them to hide out at this point, it can be like finding a needle ...more in a haystack.
    2. Drew H 0
      I feel like north park is pretty rough to fish, but at least you got something!
    3. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks Rick! Only 2 bites of the day, so when they bit, I hit hard and fast, before they could change their minds! πŸ˜†
    4. Rick S 0
      Nice Jim!
    5. Jim Holland 0
      Yeah, me too, Jeff. I know the part that they haven't sprayed is horribly choked with weeds. Gary, there's some tanks in there to be had. I've been ...more watching and fishing it since they redid it and reopened, and it has become a pretty nice fishery. That was sort of my home lake, while my daughter attended La Roche. This was one of my first visits back since she graduated and moved to Maryland.
    6. Gary Henzler 0
      I've really been wanting to get back out there. It's been years since I've fished it. Growing up in Bellevue, that was our first choice if trout fisheries. ...more Fished it year round as a teenager.
    7. Jeff B 0
      Nice catches Jim! I'm curious as to how the spraying will affect the fish and ecosystem in the long run.
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  4. Best of 3 during a 6 hour tournament challenge, yesterday. Caught several more, but, unfortunately, were under the 12 inch limit. Live and learn. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

    18.0 in. Largemouth Bass

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks guys!
    2. Rick S 0
      Nice work Jim! looks like a good day to me!
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Nice one Jim.
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  5. Decided to get out and practice a few techniques that are not part of my comfort zone. Last time was weightless worms. This time, I decided to focus on Drop Shotting, ...more as well as scope out a potential body of water for an upcoming challenge. Six, in all. First one thrashed and snapped my line with my bait still in it's mouth. Second one, my phone must not have got the shot like I thought. The true memory of the day, was at around 1 O'clock, when I decided to check out a shallow bay. Paddled through a giant bait ball. Spun around, put down the drop shot and picked up a black paddletail. On the 2nd or 3rd cast, I had my bite. Didn't think much of it, until a tank all of 6 or 7 pounds jumped next to my kayak, and spit the bait! God, I wish I had landed her! Totally dwarfed my PB of 5 pounds! At least I have the memory.

    Largemouth Bass

    1. Jim Holland 0
      My pleasure, Mark. Go get em!
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Jim
    3. Jim Holland 0
      I've only launched at Long Boom boat launch, but I wouldn't advise venturing into the stump field to the left of it, first time. Many of the stumps are just ...more below the surface, and if you're not careful, you can end up stuck on one, or flipped into the water. I would probably launch at Lake Wilhelm Boat Launch #3 https://maps.app.goo.gl/8zSDtJwRG3TKUyxc9
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      I'm thinking of heading here Monday. Where is a good place to launch my Kayak?
    5. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks, Mark!
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      Thats a great day though, wtg.
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  6. Best 3 of 7 caught today. Green Pumpkin Senkos with purple flake, Texas Rigged weightless was the hot ticket, today. Pitching it around grass edges. Last one of ...more the day was caught on a Drop Shot, with the same Senko.

    Largemouth Bass with a Green Pumpkin Purple Flake Senko, Texas Rigged, Weightless

    1. What ever happened to the green punkin tube jig bite at one time this was THE BAIT on cross creek I guess the fish got used to seeing it guess things change
    2. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks Kevin
    3. Nice catches Jim !!
    4. Jim Holland 0
      Sure seems like it, Frank. I gotta buy another pack!
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      that color of Senko is magic at Cross Creek
    6. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks Rick!
    7. Rick S 0
      Nice catches Jim!
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  7. Got back out, and got on the first two, back to back, pretty quickly. Had to drag the 2nd through 25 feet of weeds. Then, nothing for 4 hours. Paddled to dam, and ...more picked up 2 more. I got distracted, by a tangled rod on the second one, and he swallowed it and ran back into the weeds while I wasn't looking. Got him up to the boat, struggling through the weeds, and the rod exploded. Found out he swallowed the hook. succesfully removed the hook, and tried reviving multiple times, but he still didn't make it. 😞

    Largemouth Bass with a Strike King Rage Swimmer (2.75), in Bluegill

    1. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice catches. Ditto to what others have said, sadly, it has happened to all of us.
    2. Rick S 0
      Sadly it happens, and to al of us. We do the best we can. Nice catches!
    3. Jim Holland 0
      Yeah, I've never had it happen with a Bass, before. Never happy when an animal is hurt.
    4. Jeff B 0
      Nice fish Jim! Sorry to hear about the loss. You did your best! I would feel the same.
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  8. After a morning of nothing, the fish finally woke up at 10 a.m.. Due to the pandemic, lake upkeep has gone by the wayside. I've never seen Cross Creek so clear ...more (6 to 8 foot visibility!), yet so weedy! Decided to fish a main point, looking for post spawners, moving back out. Thought it was an average fish, till she decided to pull back and almost ripped the rod out of my hand and tried to pull me out of my kayak! Landed 3 more, in the 14 to 16 class, before calling it a day.

    4 lb. 4 oz. 5.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Strike King Swim Jig W/ Paddletail Trailer In Bluegill

    1. jim lachut 0
      nice bass!
    2. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks Kevin. For me, Cross Creek can be rather hit or miss. I definitely have developed my goto spots, over the past couple years. You should give it a shot, if ...more presented with it.
    3. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks Frank! I always take compliments from you and Rick with great humbleness. You guys are far better than I!
    4. nice bass Jim πŸ‘ that's one place I've never fished is cross creek..
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      great bass, Jim!
    6. Frank Yamada 0
      great bass, Jim!
    7. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks guys. They seem to come rather often for you, Rick, and bigger! LOL!
    8. Kevin Rock 0
      I love it Jim. β€œwe’re going to need a bigger boat!”
    9. Swim jigs in green or blue seem to de the ticket
    10. Jim Holland 0
      They do, especially down toward the dam. Right now, though, everything but the 5 foot and less, shallow section on the far east end is super clear. I had to rethink ...more my usual game plan, there, cause some of my usual baits thrown were NOT gonna be effective. White always works well for me, there. Not Yesterday! Had to go very natural. Bluegill imitators were the name of the game.
    11. Drew H 0
      Nice! I have noticed there are parts of Cross Creek that get just stupidly clear.
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  9. Got out on Arthur, today. Started the morning with a White Crappie, followed by 4 Largemouth. One of them had been attacked by a Muskie or Pike, recently, cause ...more the poor guy was all chewed up. Sad that I couldn't do anything for him. Hopefully he will heal up. All measured between 14 and 16 inches.

    Largemouth Bass

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks Rick! Was certainly a better day than I have been having, so I'll take it. Yeah, it was busier at launch than I'm used to, from 422 Launch, and then ...more it got progressively worse. By 1, it was getting nuts, and I was just trying to time the boat launch to get off the water. Gonna only get worse, heading to Monday.
    2. Casey Clark 0
      was it super packed again? i had to go to 3 diff ramps last sat jus to park trailer
    3. Frank Yamada 0
      sounds like a decent day
    4. J Petey 0
      Great Day!
    5. Rick S 0
      Nice Jim!
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  10. Been a rough weekend. Stayed local: North Park on Sunday, and Peters Lake, today. Nothing but dinks, in both cases.

    12.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Vexan Fatboy Squarebill in "Penny's Bluegill"

    1. Was at peters lake today wind was blowing my hat off was on the spring valley side throwing a white hair jig on a under spin rig hit a BIG Largemouth 10 feet from ...more shore SNAP went my UL spinning rod tip..moral of the story always loosen your drag.
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Drew that was me who talked to you on Saturday. I think I called you Derek though.
    3. Drew H 0
      Yeah that was me back at the end of march! I did have my gopro with me, but unfortunately I had'nt masted the whole "is it recording?" thing yet. All ...more catches are a great influence! Maybe I need to worry about my spots getting crowded soon, lol.
    4. Jim Holland 0
      I'm surprised, Frank. I woulda though the spawning would have popped off, by now, up there.
    5. Jim Holland 0
      That's right, Mark. I saw Drew's video on that. Almost made me go to Arthur, instead. Drew, your catches are becoming a bad influence! LOL!
    6. Jim Holland 0
      Was that you, Drew, that caught that? I remember someone pulling a cow out of there! finding and catching them hasn't normally been bad, just dinks, like you ...more said. THIS time, though, was rough. Got desperate and started pitching a Texas Rigged Senko, and STILL nothing. Barely even saw any baitfish.
    7. Drew H 0
      Peters is ROUGH. All I ever see is dinks there, aside from that time I got a 5lber, that was a big surprise!
    8. Frank Yamada 0
      I was at Presque Isle on Sunday. I caught a bunch of junk fish (sheepshead), a couple of perch, and only one bass. Bass were definitely post-frontal. I read that ...more bass are staging in PI, but have not begun to spawn
    9. Mark Merlin 0
      Jim, give Glade Run a try, nothing real big there yet, caught a 14 and 15 inch last time out there, plus theres Trout.
    10. Mark Merlin 0
      Then theres Drew who caught 23 in Saturday in the same location I fished yesterday lol
    11. Jim Holland 0
      Yeah, Frank. The wind picked up, and had a hell of a time, maintaining boat position. Mark, I seriously considered going to Arthur, yesterday. Glad I didn't. ...more woulda sucked worse, to drive that far and have the same results. Really having a hard time figuring out what phase they are in. Not seeing any activity to clue me in, otherwise. No beds, very little to no baitfish.
    12. Mark Merlin 0
      I was at Moraine Saturday and Monday, caught nothing. Staying local as well for a while.
    13. Frank Yamada 0
      That east wind has made it tough
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Fishing Favorites

  • Species Smallmouth Bass
  • Lure Paddletail Swimbait