Heartland Outdoors: Meandering

Top 5 Update

Monday, March 13

So, nine days ago I took the sandbags out of the truck bed to make room for the little boat for my first fishing trip of the year with temps forecast to hit the low 50’s.  Then, one week ago tonight as the temps climbed into the 60’s, me, Julie and the four kids had an impromptu slumber party in the basement after being roused by the weather siren and tornado warnings about 10:00pm.  Yesterday the sandbags went back in the truck while anticipating 3-5” worth of snow.  Midwest spring weather at its finest.  But at least when the conditions were reasonable several of us managed to fool some bass.

Mark Bass

Weight: 3-0
Angler: Mark Balbinot
Date: March 4
Location: Fulton Co. Camping and Rec. Area – Little Sister Lake
Lure: Bill Norman Minnow Jerkbait (chartreuse with black back)
Water Temp: 48F
Structure: Stump in about 4’ of water

Top 5 Weight: 17-11 (5-2, 3-0, 4-2, 2-12, 2-11) culls 2-7

Link to Mark’s video of outing (cool as usual with an added bit of nostalgia):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRN_O1gnvOo


Randy Bass

Weight: 3-6
Angler: Randy Sampson Sr.
Date: March 4
Location: West Central IL public water
Lure: Jig (crawdad) with pbj trailer
Angler Comments: Very windy colder than I thought it would be only caught 3 bass.

Top 5 Weight: 11-8 (4-14,3-6,3-4)

Troy Bass

Weight: 6-2 (22.5”)
Angler: Troy Jackson
Date: March 4
Location: Little John Conservation Club
Conditions: Air temp 48F, H2O temp 44F, sunny/windy
Lure: 3/8 oz. Jig (black/blue) with #11 pork trailer (black/blue)
Structure: Dropoff in a pocket with about 7’ of water
Angler Comments: About 25 minutes into my first outing of the year I got my first and only bite to date (details in last week’s fishing report).  All downhill from here I suppose…
Top 5 Weight: 6-2

Well it looks like a nasty week around here again before things take a turn for the better with some more favorable weather.  Even so, here’s hoping some can get out there and reel in some more additions.  Talk to you later.  Troy

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