Heartland Outdoors: Meandering

Top 5 Update

Monday, March 06

This week features a handful of belated February bass that hit the email last weekend after I had already constructed the Monday update.  But hey, always good to have some fish stockpiled for another week to get Monday morning off on the right foot.

Bruce bass

Weight: 3-15
Angler: Bruce Zilkowski
Date: February 19
Location: Newton Lake
Lure: Rapala SR5 (black/white)
Structure: Submerged weeds
Angler Comments: The first two fish were caught in the same small pocket of submerged coontail weed about 10 yards from the shoreline. I could feel the bait ticking the weeds and they both popped it when it did.

Bruce bass+

Weight: 2-0
Angler: Bruce Zilkowski
Date: February 19
Location: Newton Lake
Lure: Rapala SR5 (black/white)

Bruce bass

Weight: 3-0
Angler: Bruce Zilkowski
Date: February 19
Location: Newton Lake
Lure: Rapala SR5 (black/white)
Angler Comments: We decided to try the warm arm and the fish catching rate improved dramatically but once again the Newton “monsters” eluded us. Still I was culling fish by the end and it sure was a very enjoyable day. Pretty fun to get a bona fide limit on the first outing of the year.

Bruce bass

Weight: 2-5
Angler: Bruce Zilkowski
Date: February 19
Location: Newton Lake
Lure: Rapala SR5 (black/white)

Bruce bass

Weight: 1-5
Angler: Bruce Zilkowski
Date: February 19
Location: Newton Lake
Lure: Rapala SR5 (black/white)
Top 5 Weight: 12-9 (3-15,3-0,2-5,2-0,1-5)

Mark bass

Weight: 5-2
Angler: Mark Balbinot
Date: February 26
Location: Fulton Co. Camping & Recreation Area – Lake #3
Lure: 3/8 oz. underspin with LFT Magic Shad
Water Temp: 47F
Structure: Sunny flat in about 4’ of water with some grass patches
Angler Comments: Decided to brave the gusty winds today since the sun was shining. Still was pretty cool out there. Went to Fulton County Camping and Recreation Area near Bryant since I knew I could at least get out of the wind at times. Fishing was really slow today but managed to get 2 bites. One of the toothy variety (Muskie) that decided it needed my favorite crankbait more than I did. I always buy them in pairs for unexpected loses. Started throwing that underspin lure and was rewarded with one bite. I did see some small bass and bluegill sunning themselves on the end of tree limbs. I can’t complain too much since it is only February.
Top 5 Weight: 17-2 (5-2, 4-2, 2-12, 2-11, 2-7) culls 2-4

Video link to Mark’s outing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qbR9da5fbw

Nicely done, fellas, hard to believe we’re only a handful of days into March and already have a real solid haul of bass to kick off another year.  I finally got a chance to take my shot Saturday but I’ll keep anyone who cares in suspense on a possible Top 5 contribution until next week.  Instead, I hope you’ll first tune in for the fishing report on the trip later this week.  Talk to you later.  Troy

 

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