|Posted on December 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM|
On The Lake
Date: October 30, 2011
Lake Level: Three Feet Below Normal Pool
Surface Water Temp.: 57 Degrees
Clarity: 2 Feet
December is here and holidays will soon be upon us! The fishing season is winding down as the water cools and the days grow shorter. This season provides us with wonderful opportunities to gather and share and count our blessings. They also make for the perfect chance to spin a few fish tales since you’ve got a captive audience!
If you’re geared up with proper clothing and the temperature stays tolerable, this is still a good time to catch some crappie and rainbow trout on Riss Lake. The fish will school more tightly in the winter and require more effort to locate. Once you’ve found them, this is still a great time of year to fish.
My best luck through December is often in the shallow coves around the lake and along the rocks that line both the North and South dams. Shallow areas with dark bottoms and rocks tend to stay just a degree or two warmer than deep areas. Fish will congregate here where plankton and minnows are present.
Choose smaller baits with less action and concentrate on a slow and steady retrieve. Live baits like minnows and night crawlers also work well. Remember that all fish species are cold-blooded meaning that their metabolism slows as water temperatures fall. They will not chase baits as aggressively and are careful about expending energy to feed.
Wind blown points and bluff can also produce fish. Flashy baits like casting spoons bounced along the bottom can also draw strikes.
A big thanks to all who came out in October to watch the Trout Stock. We had about 30 club members and their families attend this unique event.
This year we stocked approximately 1100 pounds of farm raised trout which ended up being about 928 individual fish. Remember that trout will not reproduce in Riss Lake, so feel free to keep and cook any fish that you wish to keep.
We always suggest that you return lunkers so that other anglers can enjoy the thrill of landing a big one!
Wishing you and your family the very best holidays and a Happy New Year! See you on the lake in 2012!
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