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|Posted on Friday, June 9, 2006 - 8:25 am: ||
Richland Chambers Reservoir
Guide Steve Schmidt
Lake Report: June-9 2006
Water Color: Stained
Water Temp: 74 to 80 F
Boat Ramp: Oak Cove Marina
Equipment:Boat – 2001 21ft Xpress with 225 Merc
Rod – Danco Custom Rods
Reel – Shimano Sahara 200
Line- 10 lb McCoy’s Clear Mono
Lure- Drop Shot Rig 3” Hand Pour (Stick baits)
Lure- Kicker Kraw 3-1/2 Color- Watermelon/Red
Fishing Report Black Bass:
The lake level is almost 6 feet below normal. You NEED to pay attention where you run on the lake. Where we have been catching fish is down at the pipeline area off the main lake on the north side as you head toward the dam. Watch for a No Anchor/No Dredging sign on the rip-rap. About 100-150 yards out from this sign work a Carolina-rig across the pipeline.
Also the old 287 roadbed has been producing fish working a Drop shot rig & C-rig. Need to work the drop shot as closest to the old road bed. But you need to keep your boat in the 12 to14 ft of water. The key is work the bait close to drop offs and ledges. When you work the bait just let it sit there and count to15 then move it. These fish will hit it like a crappie the larger fish will just swim off the bait. These fish are moving back forth from shallow to deep water. When I say shallow I’m talking about 4 ft of water. When work use a start and stop retrieve this will help put a few more fish in the boat but the drop shot has been the most productive for my customers and me.
The c-rig has been good as well working the old 287 road bed on the 309 flat. But keep in mind the drop shot is going to keep your bait suspended. I have using a 12” to 14” liter from my hook to the Tru-Tungsten drop shop weight. On the C-rig I have been using a 3/8 tru-tungsten weight on 30 Mean Green Braid with a black swivel and 2 glass beads (http://www.tru-tungsten.com/), just past the swivel I will have a 18 liter on 17 McCoy’s Mono with a 2/0 wide gap Gamma hook.
In closing the earlier morning bite over the shallow road bed and drop off, keep a Black/ Black buzz or Pop-R type bait (baby bass). The problem you will catch a few white bass.
A few creeks that are hold fish and getting ready to move up are:
· 309 Flats ( 287 road bed)
All these areas can be found on a Lake Products Map.
You also want to try another new scent product call Lunker Sauce (www.lunkersauce.com). It has an applicator just like shoe polish applicator, there is not a mess working with it and this stuff stays with your bait BIG TIME.
All the areas I mention in my reports are off the Lake Products maps. If you would like help in finding any of these stops drop me a line or call me and I would be happy to e-mail you the GPS coordinates.
If you’re on the water and you get hungry, try the restaurant at Oak Cove Marina off the Hwy 287 Bridge to the south. They have some of the best hamburgers and steak fingers on the water, and they’ve just added some terrific homemade desserts. They also have motel rooms, R.V. hook-ups, fishing pier, camping and gas on the water. To contact Oak Cove about tournaments, guide service or rooms, call 903-872-0888. http://www.oakcovemarina.com/
Be careful on the water, as you know there are no true boat lanes on the lake. If you have any questions please give me a call or drop me an e-mail. We also have a video out on the lake, which is a great tool to see the lake before you burn a tank of gas to find the fish. Check out my website www.schmidtsbigbass.com to get more info on the video
And always please wear a life jacket when running the big motor and kill switch.
I’d like to take the time to thank the fine folks at Oak Cove Marina 903-872-0888 and my Sponsors: American Rod Smith, S.O.B. Lures, Lunker Sauce, Assalt Baits, McCoy Fishing Line, Kicker Fish Bait Co, West Boats & Xpress Boats, and Tru-Tungsten.
Please Practice Catch and Release
Tight Lines and Good Fishing
Schmidts Big Bass Guide Service
682-518-8252 (hm) 817-929-0675 (cell)
Schmidts Big Bass Guide Service