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May 2011

Posted on July 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM Comments comments (0)

Date: May 25, 2011

Lake Level: 2 Ft. Above Normal Pool

Surface Water Temp.: 68 Degrees

Clarity: Variable


Summer is here and the fishing on Riss Lake is heating up! This is the best time of year to get out and enjoy the sunshine and catch some very big fish! While the summer bite can be challenging, there are a few important tips to remember.


Years of fishing have taught me that the very best summertime bite is early and late. Hit the water just before dawn and just before dusk and be sure to keep the noise in the boat to a minimum.


Bass will cruise the shallow depths in search of easy prey this time of year and a top-water bait such as a Pop-R, Chug-Bug, or Buzz bait will often attract a vicious strike. Another favorite bait for this time of day is the Zara Spook or Jr. Spook, which can be worked in either a lazy or frenzied cadence. Mix it up to figure out what the bass want.


With the summer sun comes the aquatic growth on Riss Lake. I often hear people groan about fishing in the weeds. While the Coon Tail and American Pond Weed present a challenge to fishermen, they do provide excellent cover to all fish species.


Fishing in the grass requires weedless baits and lots of patience. Try fishing “Texas-Rigged” plastic worms and creature baits like the Zoom “Hoo-Daddy”. These bulky plastic baits can penetrate into the weeds and catch a lot of big fish on Riss Lake. The key is to target the open holes in the vegetation and get your bait in front of the bass.


Fish often migrate out of the thickest weeds during the early morning and just before dark. During these times, fish the outside or inside edges of the weedline with topwater, plastics or shallow running crankbaits.


Summertime at Riss Lake also means some spectacular late night fishing. Bring your crappie jigs or live minnows and fish under the lights at the marina. The RLFC has installed an additional three “Bo-Jo” fishing lights this year. Last summer there were several very large Trout, Bass, Crappie and Catfish caught under the lights.


Don’t forget to mark your calendars early for the Kid’s Fishing Day August 6th from 9 AM-12 PM and the Shoreline Clean-up Day on August 27th 8 AM. These are both great events and we would love to see you there.



Tight Lines,

Marty Perrea

Avid Angler and Co-founder of Riss Lake Fishing Club


Marty Perrea 816-550-2909

Larry Chambers 816-804-5945

Brent Frazee 816-516-4744

Derek Weber 620-232-1718


April 2011

Posted on July 18, 2011 at 10:02 AM Comments comments (0)

Date: April 25, 2011

Lake Level: 2 Ft. Above Normal Pool

Surface Water Temp.: 54 Degrees

Clarity: 2 Feet


The Riss Lake Fishing Club has already hosted a number of events this Spring including several tournaments in March and April and the annual kick-off dinner and seminar at the PAC center.


This month’s upcoming events include our famous Lakeside Picnic on June 25th and the first catfish tournament of the year on June 10th. The picnic starts at 6:00 PM and is held at the shelter house adjacent to the courtesy dock and boat launch.


Don’t miss this event as it is always a fun opportunity to meet new neighbors and enjoy some of Larry Chamber’s and Brent Frazee’s home-style Barbeque. The picnic is FREE and is open to anyone who wishes to attend. You don’t have to be a member of the fishing club to attend.


Please RSVP at www.RissLakeFishingClub.com so that we plan food accordingly. Remember to bring a side dish, salad or desert and come hungry!


Last year we had over 50 neighbors and friends in attendance and enjoyed a wonderful evening together!


Now for your fishing report: The bite has been spectacular this Spring at Riss Lake! There are numerous lake records which have been broken by large fish. Most fishermen are reporting that the Walleye, Crappie and Bass fishing is the best fishing in years.


Heading into the summer months our shoreline will fill with American Pondweed and Coontail. Use plastic worms, creature baits and topwater lures like the “Horny Toad” to lure out the big ones. Fish early morning and at dusk for the prime bite.

Fish will respond well to scented lures as the water temperatures rise.


As always, I am looking forward to seeing you on the lake and at the Lakeside Picnic on June 25th!


Tight Lines,

Marty Perrea

Avid Angler and Co-founder of Riss Lake Fishing Club


Marty Perrea 816-550-2909

Larry Chambers 816-804-5945

Brent Frazee 816-516-4744

Derek Weber 620-232-1718


March 2011

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 11:31 AM Comments comments (0)

On the Lake…

Date: March 31, 2011

Lake Level: 1 Ft. Below Normal Pool

Surface Water Temp.: 43 Degrees

Clarity: 2 Feet

Spring 2011 is a very exciting time for Riss Lake! In my opinion, this will be the most spectacular fishing season at the lake in many years! Already many lake records are being broken.


This year we are seeing the dividends of several years of collective efforts by the RLFC to improve our fishery. The Largemouth Bass are getting bigger, the Walleye are reaching maturity and the Trout, Catfish, Bluegill and Crappie populations are all in top form.

Even with the unseasonably cold weather we experienced in March, many five- pound plus Largemouth Bass were caught.

The tournament on March 26 was won by a lunker 5.9 Pound Largemouth caught by my friend Ken Langenhan who was visiting from Wisconsin. In talking with other club members, the sheer number of 15” plus fish being caught is easily double what were caught just a year ago. Our electro fishing survey, completed in May 2010, confirms this as well. (To view complete survey results visit www.RissLakeFishingClub.com.)

Crappie fishing at the marina has been phenomenal this spring. Many anglers are catching 40-60 eight to ten inch Crappie in a few hours. As we approach the spring spawn, the sizes and catch rates will most likely improve as well. 

Perhaps the best part of Crappie fishing is that ultimate surprise when a large Trout or Bass takes the unsuspecting angler’s minnow and turns the tables. This exact scenario happened in March when Dennis Wright landed a 6 pound 4 ounce monster Rainbow on light tackle. Having watched the struggle from nearby, I would say that this was one of the most memorable fish Dennis has caught. After weighing the fish and taking a couple of pictures, Dennis released the fish to fight another day.

Another prize catch in March was a 4.1 pound Walleye, a new Riss Lake record, landed by Neil O’Brien of the Gui Shank fishing team. Neil caught this monster at 9:45 pm near the marina on a Bronze Rapala. Being an avid Walleye angler, Neil was very excited to say the least!

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Bass tournament on May 21st. Our tournaments have been very well attended this year and we have a lot of fun. If you don’t have a boat and are interested in fishing with another club member, just pick up the phone and call one of us, we’ll take care of the rest!

Looking forward to seeing you on the lake soon!

Tight Lines,

Marty Perrea

Avid Angler and Co-founder of Riss Lake Fishing Club

February 2011

Posted on March 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM Comments comments (0)
On the Lake…
Date: February 24, 2011
Lake Level: 3 Ft. Below Normal Pool
Surface Water Temp.: 35 Degrees
Clarity: 3 Feet

Spring fishing is in full swing and already a lot of very big fish are being caught. The RLFC has also sprung back to life after a seemingly endless winter. Thank you to all members that attended our spring kick-off dinner at the PAC. We all enjoyed learning new tips and techniques, catching up with friends and of course, loading up on great BBQ! (Thanks to Larry Chambers and Brent Frazee.)

On the opposite page you will find a copy of the 2011 RLFC Calendar of Events. We have a very exciting year lined up for anglers and Riss Lake residents alike. Please mark your calendars early and join us for great events at the lake.

Later this month we are hosting our first Walleye/Crappie tournament. (April 23rd) Many Walleye are now being caught between 18-20” after three years of stocking efforts. These are great fighting and eating fish.

If you are a non-boater, give Larry or myself a call and let us know that you are interested in fishing and we will find you a partner with a boat. Remember that RLFC tournaments are fun, friendly and open to all who wish to participate. Entry fee for the tournament is a reasonable $20/Boat or $10/angler.

The RLFC LAKESIDE PICNIC is scheduled for June 25th at 6:00pm. If you have never attended this event, make sure that you come this year. It is a potluck event that is gaining popularity and is a great chance to see old friends and make new ones.

Kid’s Fishing day with the infamous water balloon fight is another must for families and adults alike. This event is August 6th from 9:00-12:00 and features more great fun and food.

We are currently seeking community members who would like to volunteer more of their time to support RLFC events and projects. If you have an interest in helping set up events, host tournaments or monitor lake conditions, please email or call any of the RLFC volunteers listed below.

Looking forward to seeing you on the lake this year!  Tight Lines,

Marty Perrea

Avid Angler and Co-founder of Riss Lake Fishing Club



January 2011

Posted on February 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM Comments comments (0)

On the Lake…

Date: January 31, 2011

Lake Level: Below Normal Pool

Surface Water Temp.: Frozen

Clarity: N/A


Missouri winter with its low temperatures and frequent snow storms takes a lot of the fun out of fishing.  You could be forgiven for dreaming of swaying palms, a cold Corona and a long stretch of sandy beach. Of course, all of this could only be made better if it were just a few minutes away from terrific Bass fishing…right?

On a recent trip to Hawaii, I made a wonderful discovery.   On an island renowned for natural beauty there are ample opportunities to catch both Peacock and Largemouth Bass.  

Kauai, the oldest in the chain of Hawaiian islands, was once home to thriving sugar farms.  The remnants of these farms are more than thirty privately owned reservoirs and a goodnumber of natural streams. 

Waita Reservoir is located about ten minutes inland from the West side of the island and the popular tourist destination of Poipu Beach.  Guided trips are available through Kauai ATV tours and cost around $250 per couple for a half-day. The price included all necessary equipment, bait and drinks.  We had no problem booking the tour on short notice and were pleasantly surprised by the service, the surroundings and the fishing.

Waita is a five-hundred acre impoundment stocked withTilapia, Largemouth and the feisty Peacock Bass.  The gentle trade winds blow constantly as you cruise the shoreline casting crank baits, buzz-baits and live Tilapia under a float.  The lake record

is a 5-pound Peacock and a 7-pound Largemouth.  My wife caught her first Peacock Bass a healthy 2-pounder (see photo) and, needless to say, she was thrilled.

The coolest part of fishing in Hawaii has to be the setting. Towering mountain peaks, frosted in bright green vegetation frame the horizon. Broad valleys of grasses dot the plains leading up to the mountains and the foothills.  Cattle Egrets with their expansive white wingspans and stork-like legs stand watch from the nearby rocky shoreline. The temperature here, a reliable 75 to 80 degrees, makes it feel like summer all year round. 

If you’re interested in a great family vacation destination and want to experience a one-of-a-kind Bass fishing trip, you should consider a trip to Kauai. Kauai ATV tours can be reached at 808-742-2734.  Our guide, Brian Bodine, also offers personalized guided trips to the island’s many fresh water streams and rivers and he can be reached at 808-332-5370. 


Marty Perrea

Avid Angler and Co-founder of Riss Lake Fishing Club


December 2010

Posted on February 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

On The Lake

Date: December 27, 2010

Lake Level: 2ft. Below Normal Pool

Surface Water Temp.: 35 Degrees

Clarity: Three Feet


Winter is here in all of its glory and chances are that the snow flakes are flying as you are reading this. While this season provides little opportunity to fish comfortably, it is a great chance to evaluate your fishing equipment and to prepare for the warmer days that lie ahead.


I always take advantage of this down time to unload all of my tackle from the boat, service my rods and reels and put new line on the spools. I review my lures with the goal of reducing those that don’t get regular use and adding to the assortment that does. If you are like me, you have dozens of packages of plastic lures which have never been used.


This year I have decidedto donate my unused tackle to the local Hillcrest Ministries thrift shop. They have a “sporting goods” area where I am sure my extras will find a great home! I sort the tackle into new “Plano” brand organizers before donating it just to make sure that the hooks don’t present a hazard. I also try to allocate a few different types of lures (crankbaits, spinnerbaits, plastic worms, hooks and weights) to each box to create a fishing kit of sorts.


Servicing reels is another great winter project. Spin-casting reels (for the kids) require athorough cleaning and drying before receiving new grease. The gears are easy to access by simply twisting and removing the rear cover. Spinning reels also need a few drops of fresh gear lube placed under the spool on the main spindle.  Cabela’s sells a combination pack of reel grease and lube for less than $10.


For bait-cast reels I highly recommend shipping them to a reputable repair center like Southwestern Parts in Dallas, Texas. (www.southwesternparts.com). They charge a reasonable $24.95 + shipping per reel and do a fantastic job. Because of the complexity of today’s bait-cast reels I have found it is best to leave this service to a professional. Often, they identify a worn part like a worm gear or pawl and replace it for a modest fee. At a minimum, bi-annual service will extend the life of your expensive bait cast reels for many years.


If the snow is still flying at the end of February, it’s definitely time to buy some fresh fishing line and put the finishing touches on my equipment. You can’t go wrong with 4 to 6 LB test Stren in Moss Green color. This inexpensive line blends well with the color of our lake and is abrasion resistant. Braided lines will work well for timid early season Crappie that can be caught in the Marina towards the end of this month. For heavier bait cast equipment try 8 or 10 LB. Berkley Siege.  Its low-memory, low stretch and color make a perfect combination for catching big Bass on Riss Lake.


Dedicating an afternoon to your equipment is a great way to get yourself in the fishin’ frame of mind.  And when the weather does break you’ll definitely be prepared to hit the water!



Marty Perrea

Avid Angler andCo-founder of Riss Lake Fishing Club



November 2010

Posted on February 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM Comments comments (0)

On the Lake…

Date: November 13, 2010

Lake Level: 2ft. Below Normal Pool

Surface Water Temp.: 51 Degrees

Clarity: Two Feet



“Bass fishing is not rocket science, but you’d never know that if you overheard two anglers talking!” 


This is one of my favorite sayings and emphasizes how we fishermen over-think everything.  Fish may have a brain the size of a chickpea, but many days they seem impossible to figure out.  Anglers buy into an endless menagerie of lures and equipment in our effort to “figure them out.” If you spend any time at all hanging out at the marina, you will almost certainly hear a discussion involving “patterns”.


The term “pattern” refers to identifying a specific feeding behavior and replicating that same pattern in other locations around the lake.  It is a both a description of the location of the fish and their feeding disposition.


Patterns can be simple such as bass locating themselves in shallow water and chasing small baitfish.  In larger lakes they can be more complex as these lakes offer more types of structure, more depth ranges and a larger variety of food sources.


In Riss Lake, a prevalent pattern is bass locating on deep weed edges and eating small bluegill.  They use this cover as an ambush point for their prey and it provides them access to water temperatures that are more favorable and stable than shallow depths.  An inexpensive depth-finder allows you find these remaining grassy areas and target fish with lures that mimic their prey.


Identifying a successful pattern requires that you piece together all of the elements of a successful technique.  Lure choice, color, size, speed of retrieve…all of these make a difference on your catch rate. All of these variables are meant to “interface” with

the naturally occurring feeding habits of the largemouth bass.


Once you have identified a successful pattern, you should experiment with different lure sizes, retrieve speeds and time of day to tweak your catch rate.  My best days of fishing on Riss Lake have often been the result of a successfully identified pattern.


To learn about other productive patterns, or to share your own,don’t forget to join the Riss Lake Fishing Club for our New Year’s Social at Nick and Jakes on January 4th at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP by calling Larry Chambers (816-804-5945) or Marty Perrea (816-550-2909). 


Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year that is filled with family, fun…and fishin’!!!


Marty Perrea

Avid Angler and Co-founder of Riss Lake Fishing Club


October 2010

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 2:23 PM Comments comments (0)

On The Lake


Date:  October 28, 2010

Lake Level: Normal Pool

Water Temp.:  60 Degrees

Clarity:  Murky with 1 Ft. Visibility


2010 Trout Season Has Arrived!


Thanks to all who attended the RLFC stocking event on October 26th at the marina. Crystal Lake Fisheries, Inc. delivered around 1150 pounds of tasty, feisty, fresh Rainbow Trout!


If you have not had the experience of landing one of these beautiful fish then take some time this fall and winter and get out on the lake.  This species will bite well through the colder months and will take a variety of baits.  They are not too difficult to catch (unless you are participating in a RLFC trout tournament that is!)


Use a lightweight or ultra-light spinning rod with 6 pound test line and cast lures into shallow flats like the back of Cemetery Cove or near HWY 45.  Trout can be caught on small, brightly colored crank baits, in-line spinners like “Rooster-Tails” and almost any casting spoon (Castmaster, Little Cleo, Vibrax, etc.)


Work lures quickly and with an erratic motion.  Trout will often follow the bait for long distances before hitting it.  A sudden change in the direction or depth of a lure is often enough to trigger a bite.


Another method of catching Trout is bottom fishing with Berkley brand Powerbait.  This brightly colored dough can be fished a foot or so off of the bottom using a tiny treble hook and a split-shot sinker.  Again, target shallow flats and watch your line closely for strikes.


Remember to handle all Trout with care.  These fish are especially sensitive to rough handling and die easily.  We encourage you to harvest as many Trout as you plan to eat but be gentle with those you release.


Enjoy fishing for the latest addition to Riss Lake…and be sure to check back next month Riss Lake Life issue for our favorite Trout recipes!


Tight Lines,


Marty Perrea

Co-Founder Riss Lake Fishing Club 

More info at www.RissLakeFishingClub.com



September 2010

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM Comments comments (0)

On The Lake


Date:  September 26, 2010

Lake Level: Normal Pool

Water Temp.:  71 Degrees

Clarity:  Murky with 2 Ft. Visibility


Welcome to the colors of fall at Riss Lake. The air has taken on an unfamiliar chill and the leaves will soon be showing us a spectrum of color that is truly inspiring to behold.  This is a great time to get the family out for a front row tour of autumn leaves around the lake.  It is also a great time to break out the spinnerbaits and catch some huge largemouth bass.


As the days grow shorter, the underwater vegetation along the shoreline will begin to die back.  This means that baitfish and prey have fewer and fewer places to hide from Ol’ Bucket mouth.  Fall bass fishing can be some of the most enjoyable fishing of the year.  Bass are once again in predatory mode and will strike at lures that present them with a chance to fatten up before winter.


Good lure choices for the fall season include reaction baits like spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  White is a generally a good choice for spinnerbaits and black/chrome or blue/chrome is a great choice for crankbaits like “Rat-L-Traps” and “Rapalas”.  Crayfish patterns will also work well for mid and deep running crankbaits.


A faster retrieve, worked along the edges of remaining weed beds can draw some very aggressive strikes.  Cover lots of water, searching for areas where fish are caught or baitfish activity is observed.  The backs of coves and main lake points are often the best spots.


When fish are caught, slow your fishing down and try a variety of slower moving baits.  Tube jigs and plastic worms will catch other fish that lurk nearby.  Fall weather tends to concentrate fish into schools so take advantage of this to catch several fish in the same spot.


Most importantly, take time to sit back, relax and take in the beauty of the place you live!  We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful place to fish…in our own back yard!


Thanks to Larry Chambers, Brent Frazee, Derek Weber and all the members of the Riss Lake Fishing Club who attended our year end dinner at the PAC on October 5, 2010.  This was a fun and informative event.


Tight Lines,


Marty Perrea

Co-Founder Riss Lake Fishing Club 

More info at www.RissLakeFishingClub.com




August 2010

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM Comments comments (0)

On The Lake


Date:  August 28, 2010

Lake Level: Normal Pool

Water Temp.:  79 Degrees

Clarity:  Clear with 5 Ft. Visibility


Riss Lake has never looked better!  This morning I joined sixteen residents in our Fourth Annual Shoreline clean up.  We met at 8:00 AM to coordinate our efforts and make a clean sweep of every inch of Riss Lake. By 11:00 AM we had collected more than ten large garbage sacks filled with everything from tennis balls to beer bottles.


This is one of my favorite annual fishing club activities because it is an opportunity to see our neighbors and friends pull together for a great cause.  Each of us enjoy days of relaxation and great fishing on Riss Lake. The privacy and solitude that the lake affords us is matched only by its beauty.  The Shoreline clean up is a great way to give back to the lake and to Mother Nature.


Each of the last four years has seen a marked decrease in the amount of refuse that we collect.  I believe that our consistent annual effort keeps trash from accumulating and makes for a speedy clean up.


I want to thank everyone that attended especially: John and Ruth Barber, Larry Chambers,  Todd Maxwell, Greg Kays (Newest Riss Lake Resident), Gary and Pat Ross, Brent Frazee, Dan Mack, George Zigelhofer, Frank Yeager, Neil Sarah and Dan O’Brien, Don MacCallum and Linda Gocken.         


Thanks go out to all who attended the Kid’s Fishing day on August 7th as well.  We had a terrific turnout and enjoyed seeing the kids land some great fish.


Be sure to join us this TUESDAY OCTOBER 5th at the Riss Lake Fishing Club Year-end BBQ Dinner at the PAC center in Parkville.  The event is FREE and open to all residents of Riss Lake. Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM and we will have a guest speaker at 7:00 PM. 


Thanks again to all who make Riss Lake great!


Tight Lines,


Marty Perrea

Co-Founder Riss Lake Fishing Club





July 2010

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

On The Lake


Date: July 18, 2010

Lake Level:  Normal Pool

Surface Water Temp.: 84 Degrees

Clarity: Five Feet




In recent weeks surveys of Smithville Lake in Clay County have revealed the presence of Zebra mussels.  Zebra mussels are finger-nail sized, black and white striped mullusks that are native to the Caspian Sea in Asia.


The mussels were inadvertently introduced to the United States in 1988 and have since spread though out our rivers and tributaries. They were first discovered in Missouri in 1999.


Female Zebra mussels can produce as many as 1 million eggs per year. They develop quickly and clump together to cover rock, metal, rubber, wood, docks boat hulls, native mussels, crayfish and even aquatic plants.  Because a single mussel filters about 1 quart of water per day and discharge mucus known as “pseudo-feces” they can devastate the plankton population and eventually the entire ecosystem of our lake.


Zebra mussels “hitch-hike” to new un-infested waterways by living for several days out of the water.  They often attach to the hulls, motors and anchor lines of boats and survive in livewells, bait containers and engine cooling water systems.


In order to protectour lake the Riss Lake Fishing Club and RissLake Homeowner’s Association requests that you take special precautions if you use your fishing vessel at Smithville Lake (or any other area lake) before loading it into Riss Lake.


Inspect:  Visually inspect for mussels on your boathull, trailer, livewells and remove all water weeds that hang from the boat or trailer.


Drain:  All water from the livewell, bilge, and motor before leaving any body of water.


Dump:  Trash left over bait on land before leaving a body of water.


Rinse: Clean your vessel thoroughly with a hard spray from a garden hose before launching your boat in un-infested waters.


Dry: Boats, motors and trailers need to dry in the sun for FIVE days before introducing them to Riss Lake after having been used in infested waters.


Please take the time to protect our most valuable resource. Zebra mussels have the potential to destroy our healthy ecosystem and diminish the great fishing and recreational benefits of our lake.


For more information on how you can help protect and preserve Riss Lake contact Larry Chambers (816) 804-5945  or Marty Perrea (816) 550-2909.


Tight Lines,


Marty Perrea

Avid Angler andCo-founder of Riss Lake Fishing Club



June 2010

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 5:36 PM Comments comments (0)

On The Lake


Date:  June 29, 2010

Lake Level:  Above Normal Pool

Water Temp.:  78 Degrees

Clarity:  Stained 2 Ft. Visibility


            In Fishing, as in sales, presentation is everything!  Catching fish in Riss Lake in the summer months can prove to be more challenging than most other times of the year.  Water temperatures on the surface can reach 90 degrees and the growth of aquatic vegetation prevents many fish from ever even seeing your lure.


            The key to “cracking the code” of lethargic summer bass is to alter your technique and propose a deal that the ol’ bucket mouth can simply not refuse.


            Start by fishing the time period when bass are most active.  The best times to fish are 7pm until 7am Monday through Sunday.  In addition to lower surface temperatures, lower light conditions are more conducive to feeding as fish do not have eyelids to block sunlight.


            Next, chose smaller baits and concentrate on a slow and methodical presentation.  As fish metabolism slows down in the summer, most fish become even more selective about the meals they consume.  Avid anglers tend to agree that nothing matters more than careful lure presentation and a natural “presence”.


            A well-placed lure that closely resembles the fish’s normal table fare is far more likely to be eaten than flashy, noisy or obnoxious one bait that draws interest in a pre-spawn spring pattern.


            Above all, use either live baits or realistic replicas that mimic baitfish, crayfish or other critters that are residents of Riss Lake. Pay attention to the nuances of color and behavior of baitfish for this time of year.  A good example of this is the bright chartreuse tail of bluegill near the marina docks. Chose lures that replicate natural prey.


            Also pay attention to your retrieve.  Concentrate on slowing down and imparting a “lazy” cadence to your bait. I have found that letting a lure settle after an initial cast and quivering it in place (with no forward movement) will draw some particularly vicious strikes.


            Finally, remember that warm surface temperatures exert a constant stress on fish because warm water holds less oxygen.  ALWAYS, wet your hands before handling fish and release them quickly to the water.  Fish kept in live wells will often perish in summer months.


            With careful lure selection, thoughtful presentation and a measure of patience, you may well land your biggest fish of the year during these “Dog Days” of summer at Riss Lake.


Tight Lines,


Marty Perrea

Co-Founder Riss Lake Fishing Club