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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:34

Fishing at Table Rock Lake

Though we at Shotem and Caughtem did not get any bragging photos from our weekend excursion to Table Rock Lake this weekend we did make some observations that might make you adventure more eventful than ours.  We went out several different days at different times.  During most of our adventure we witnessed a large amount of bait fish in the water.  The shore lines and many of the docks were riddled with hundreds of small bite sized fish.  Off our lines many of the strikes either felt on the line or observed from the top line of the water came from small over aggressive fish trying to eat way more then their mouths would allow.  I watched as many of my top water baits were heckled by fish too small to fit the bait they were trying to engulf.  

Many of the fish we hoped to see at the end of the lines would come right up to shore or close to the dock or boat only to shy away at the last minute.  The water was impressively clear all weekend long, up to 15-20ft in some places.  We feel like the impressively clear water and the high amount of bait fish created an environment where the fish could stand to be picky eaters.  When ever this has been the case in the past we probably should have switched to live bait, a hook and a bobber.  Unfortunately since our weekend also consisted of a little rest, relaxation and some drinking with friends we kept forgetting to get the minnow trap in the water.  For the next couple of weeks at least with the lakes in the Midwest we would recommend only using live bait until the weaker bait fish have been eaten and the large fish get a little less picky.  Now admittedly we were not after bluegill which were more than willing to eat anything we through in the water.  

Hope our research helps you post some photos to the Caughtem gallery and let us know how your experiences went this weekend in the comment section below.

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Another great bass fishing spot here in the Midwest is Grand Lake in Oklahoma.  It was the first lake hit by the BassMaster tournament this year and will be a spot many head to for this Memorial Day Weekend.  We at Shotem and Caughtem did a little fishing homework for you.  

The Crappie spawn is about over which means that it is about ready to be prime crappie fishing.  Crappie have been hitting on live bait and shallow spinners.  Weather conditions look to be nice in the mid 80's but a chance of rain Sunday and Monday.  Fish seem to be biting early mornings and mid evenings with a small window right after lunch.  Lake levels are good and reports show that many areas are clearing up.  Catfish have been hitting on Shad.  Bass have been hitting on worms, shad and top water baits.  Bass fishing has been spotty but what bites have been happening have been well worth the wait.  Water temperatures are hovering in the mid to low 60's dependant on time of day.  

Let us know how your fishing trip goes this weekend in the comment section below and as always post photos to the Caughtem Gallery and tell us your story. Most of all have a safe and fun holiday Shotem and Caughtem weekend!

 

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We at Shotem and Caughtem are doing a little self indulgence by doing a fishing report for Table Rock Lake since that happens to be the spot we will be heading to this weekend.  The bass fishing is one of the best in Missouri at Table Rock lake and we can't wait to get our lines wet for the first time this season.  Water levels have risen to just above normal levels and we hope this has woken up the predators. 

Reports say that the Shad have begun to spawn in the graveled areas off points and along shallower coves.  Top water baits have been doing well in the lighter colors around depths of 5-20 feet.  Weather looks to be hit and miss with scattered thunder storms all weekend and highs in the mid to upper 70's.  The lake as of this past week has been relatively clear making the lighter color baits more noticeable and seem to be the preferred color baits.  

St. James River trout will be enjoying the cooler lake temperatures which seem to be in the high 60's.  As always we recommend a small hook and some Jolly Green Giant canned corn as bait.  Always seems to work.  

If you are headed out this weekend to any Lake we hope to see your Lake or River Monster photos in the Caughtem gallery and share what is working for you.  As always leave comments in the section below.

 

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When we at Shotem and Caughtem were young our Dad took us to Aspen Colorado for Memorial Day Weekend.  While we were there he had planned a trip to one of Aspens great trout fishing lakes.  We hope that some other Dad's out there will be making the same kind of trip this Memorial Day Weekend.  Aspen Colorado has some of the best fishing lakes and streams in Colorado.  As we reported earlier last week it is a perfect time to go trout fishing with the recent caddis hatch and we wanted to give you a fishing report. 

To match the recent hatch it looks like the weather will be perfect for spring trout.  Temperatures all weekend look to be in the low 70's making some of the hikes needed to get to the best lakes and areas very comfortable.  Also, it will bring the fish closer to the shoreline during the mid day so the fish can warm their bodies and hunt.  

We at Shotem and Caughtem have a great trick for those of you that have never tried trout fishing in lakes.  Especially the ones that are rarely fished because they require a bit of a hike.  Just an hour hike can get you to some great lakes around Aspen.  Here is the tip.  With a small rod and reel, a handful of small hooks and weights, a couple of light weight bobbers, and a can of Jolly Green Giant Corn you have all the gear you need for fishing.  I was able to fit all this plus some survival gear in a small backpack weighing about 10 pounds.  

If you know of a great Aspen Colorado fishing lake and have some tips and tricks you use for trout fishing let us know in the comment section below.  As always share your Memerial Day catches in the Caughtem gallery and share you story.  Please check with local laws and regulations before your adventure.  

 

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