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How’s the water

  • bigesox
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    Cedar Falls, Iowa
    Posts: 309
    #1218233

    Brushy is usually the last lake to turn on. How is the water? Is it clear and how warm? It’s a 2 hour trip for me, but I’m headed that way as soon as it is time. Any posts would be appreciated.

    baldwin4
    Participant
    NE IA
    Posts: 736
    #685347

    Curious also Crappie bite should be happening soon. Lilacs are blooming

    bigesox
    Participant
    Cedar Falls, Iowa
    Posts: 309
    #683693

    A DNR guy told me it’s still a bit cold. I’m going to try it this weekend anyway. We’ll just have to go deeper than I might think.

    It sure would be nice to hear something from someone who’s been there recently. It’s a big lake, I’m not looking for honey holes just a general report on water temps, clarity, whether fish are being caught etc.

    brittlab
    Participant
    North Central Iowa
    Posts: 187
    #685746

    wednesday nite bass league guys are catching some decent bass. talked to a guy out in a boat today and he said the water temps were upper 50’s-60 he was catching bass today in about 15 fow

    bigesox
    Participant
    Cedar Falls, Iowa
    Posts: 309
    #686122

    Well it wasn’t easy with the wind, but we caught about 20 crappies and several bass on Saturday. The wind kept us out of a couple places I wanted to fish. I don’t like being a pinball in all those trees, so we fished where we could. Crappies are still a bit off. When did the gills get so spooky. Now all the fish have been educated. I remember the good old days when you could drop a worm on the head of a bass with a big sinker and he’d eat it. Not now.

    fluff47
    Participant
    NE Nebraska
    Posts: 164
    #686230

    Bass fished Saturday and Sunday. Water at the dam started out around 45 at the dam and raised into the low 60’s up around the north boat ramp. With sunshine and 70 it warmed up in the afternoon. Saw a few (few) fry up north but nothing on any beds. With the full moon & warmer weather this week that many happen big time now.

    We caugh lots of fish, more shorts than keepers but would have had a limit for 2 guys both days, nothing big, all around 2 1/2. Most seemed to be on the flats, not far off the creek channel, in 5′ or less. You could see most of the bites shallow crank’n around laydowns, trees and brush. The spinnerbait picked up with the wind and swimbait where it was quiet. My non-boater picked up his limit flip’n a baby brushhog behind me both days, not as many bites but just as many keepers.

    Fluff

    andyjcraig
    Participant
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Posts: 390
    #686635

    Fluf, get any incidental walleyes?

    nater3
    Participant
    Webster City, IA
    Posts: 198
    #686831

    Living only five miles away, I need to get out there still this year.

    bigesox
    Participant
    Cedar Falls, Iowa
    Posts: 309
    #688171

    Stinking wind. It made fishing difficult again Saturday. I paid my respects to my uncle Curt the Iwo Jima vet who is buried in the Duncombe cemetery then I tried the crappies. You could catch them if you could find them. Let’s just say you could build a campfire with all the sticks in the bottom of my boat by the days end. I’d recommend cruising until you see some hovering in the trees, then slowing down and fishing. Stealth is also important since they’ve seen lots of lures.

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