Ponds, Creeks and Lakes... fishing reports and pics

From Ken HUSKER O’Malley on ponds, Hickory Creek and Heidecke Lake.

The ponds by us are real starting to turn on with this nice weather. Bass have finished spawning. 6 plus bass an hour has been a welcome sight. During the evening, a lipless crankbait has worked best. Mostly male bass. During the day, larger bass have been caught using a tex posed senko or fluke. Weeds are getting thick. Dropping the bait down in pockets have been the pattern.

On another note, I fished Hickory Creek a week ago. Still was slow as the water temps need to come up to get those smallies active. One largemouth and a few rock bass. It was amazing to see what the floods did to the creek. It is completely different now. It was like fishing a new body of water.

On yet another note, hit Heidecke on Friday. Post frontal conditions. Blue bird skies, cold morning temps, and NE winds! Great fishing conditions. Considering the conditions, we did pretty good. Walleye, white bass, crappie, and stripers were caught. The jig bite went away by 8:30, so I grabbed the trolling rods and started to cover water. That was a good decision as the biggest fish of the day came on crawler harnesses. Water temps were 65 to 66 with clarity at about a foot. Temporary launch is not as bad as everyone has said. Yes you need patience, but is perfectly fine for launching boats. I would recommend two people though.

From Steve Welsh on Lake Shelbyville.

We have been hammered with rain all week and cooler temps. The water temps have fallen eight degrees to 64 and the lake is still up six-feet and slowly falling. This has slowed the walleye bite but we are still catching them. I have been averaging about 20-25 a day with about half of those big enough to clean. We are still pulling bottom bouncers and spinners. White, white and pink has been the best colors. They want a small blade so don’t go bigger than a number three.

The willows still have some crappie in them but your best shot is to spider rig out in the mouths of the coves they just spawned in. The big white crappie really never came to the bank to spawn with the fluctuating water and they either dumped their eggs in deep water or will absorb them.

The white bass are starting to show up in current areas and in deep basins suspended and on top of flats.  The best method to catch them is trolling Bandit crankbaits. Just watch your depthfinder for the depth they are suspended at. You will catch crappie trolling as well.

We have drier and warmer temps coming back mid week so fishing should be good. Then rain coming back at the end of the week.

Steve Welch

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