I’ve got a collection of public walk-in only lakes that I have fished since 2013. All told I have wandered the miles of strip mine terrain on seven trips during the last four years with diminishing results in the last two years. While 2013 and 2014 produced four bass at four pounds or better in five trips, 2015 and 2016 only have a 1-11 to show for Top Bass in two outings.
Last year was particularly ugly as I was eaten alive by mosquitoes and fought armpit high weeds across the entire site once stepping off the interior road that bisects the area. On top of those nuisances, the quality of the bass that I fooled left much to be desired with only four at 12” or better for a Top 4 weight of 4-13. Just not my day and I began to wonder if I would pull such a stunt again, vowing to re-read the blog posting I submitted about the misadventure when pondering a 2017 visit.
But, hey, time heals all wounds and here I am in a mosquito free Midwest January hankering for that first bass bite and making some plans/resolutions. As such, I’m going back for more in 2017 but with some better timing.
The pictures below aren’t of our best catches from the area but instead are intended to highlight the terrain during the different months I’ve visited the site (along with my brother, Brent on a couple occasions). It’s more important to look behind the bass and their anglers to get the point.
September 29, 2013
April 12, 2014
May 23, 2015
September 18, 2016
As you can see from the 2014 photo, the vegetation is definitely more friendly to walk-in only access before spring gets a chance to hit full stride (site doesn’t open until April 1 each year by the way). Therefore, the resolution is to add the site to my list for the fifth straight year but to do so nearer to opening day rather than closing time (site also shuts down after September 30). Here’s to short weeds, no skeeters and an overdue boost to my site Top 5 that presently sits at an even 20-0 (4-6,4-3,4-2,4-0,3-5). Talk to you later. Troy