|Posted on July 28, 2011 at 3:54 PM|
On The Lake
Date: June 29, 2011
Lake Level: 1 Ft. Above Normal Pool
Surface Water Temp.: 82 Degrees
Clarity: 3 Feet
The dog days of summer are here and the daytime fishing has slowed considerably. As water surface temperatures warm, the oxygen content diminishes, pushing fish to cooler and deeper waters. Most species will spend long hot days buried deep in the Coontail and American Pondweed which graces our shores, coming to the edges only in the morning and evening to feed.
This time of year is a great time to try some good ol’ fashioned night fishin’. You have probably heard the country song “…you and me go fishing in the dark, casting our poles and counting the stars…” Well, this is the perfect time to give it a try!
Concentrate your time on main lake points and steep rock drop-offs which are adjacent to very deep water (30+ feet). Plastic worms and jig and pig combinations are the best lure choices, although topwater action can also be good. I’ve also done well with spinnerbaits specifically designed for night fishing with a pork trailer.
Chose dark colors, preferably black, black and blue, black and red or motor oil. Fishing at night requires close attention to the line as most bites will be felt and not seen. Often, a slight “tick” in the line is all that it takes for a big bass to engulf a bait. Use portable black lights to illuminate your monofilament line for better strike detection.
Summertime largemouth bass can be a real challenge to land at night, so make sure that you have a lantern and sturdy net. A pair of needle nose pliers for hook removal is also handy.
I will never forget my first night bass fishing trip in August of 1986 when we boated over 125 largemouths. They ranged from 12”-20” and all were caught using texas- rigged 7” plastic worms. From that night on, night fishin’ is one of my favorite summertime activities!
August is a great month to join the Riss Lake Fishing Club for fun activities. Mark your calendar early for the KIDS/PARENTS FISHING DAY SATURDAY AUGUST 6th! This is a great event and a chance to watch the kids have a blast. Starts at 9 AM with a water balloon/squirt gun fight following lunch at noon.
Join us on August 27th as well for the 6th ANNUAL SHORELINE CLEANUP. Bring an old pair of tennis shoes and help us keep Riss Lake beautiful.
Until I see you on the lake…
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