Friday was the day after our first real cold front. East Fork Lake was super “low” this year and the Corps of Engineers were still pulling water. Some of my excellent “Fall Fishing” coves were actually to low to fish this year in late October.
I played hookey yesterday from work and Chad was off also. We decided to head for East Fork Lake. Our objective was to fish a few nice cuts we typically fish this time of the year. The cuts were just not producing any fish on the hook! So, Chad and I decided to change our tactics and go out in the Lake and fish the main body. We fished a few rocky banks and had no luck.
Then to my surprise I caught a nice keeper bass on a bare mud bank that had a few little stickups. Nothing else was working in our stategy so I decided to change the tactic again and fish a different type of stucture. Wow, this was what it took! This method worked! It became a blast! The bass we were finding were in the clear warm water on mud banks…SHALLOW! The bass were eating the baits we were throwing. I was using a shad crank-bait and Chad was throwing the good ole jig and minnow. We were both having some real fun! Chad actually caught 6 species of fish today using minnows. He caught Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Musky, Hybrid Striper, Bluegill, and Catfish. I cherish these days as unforgettable…that’s what compels me to write these Blogs.
From about 2:30 PM to 4:00PM we had a bonanza. We fished two main lake spots (100 yard stretches) and caught probably 15 keepers and 10 short fish. Not bad for an October day on the Fork. Actually this was a banner day of Bass fishing in just a few hours. It was worth writing about!
I shared these spots with my dear friend Rod. He is fishing a tournament there today. If he wins today it will be his third consecutive win on the Fork. Good Luck Rod!
It’s Saturday and Chad has the minnows ready. We’re headed for the Ohio River. It’s the right time of the year for some great Ohio River fishing action. I’ll keep you posted. Until next time, God Bless and enjoy life , fishing.