2013 May 12 - FISHING REPORT
Once again May is proving to be the absolute BEST Spring month for fishing (and catching) on Richland Chambers!!! The continual Cold Fronts we had in March and April have given way to more mild and seasonal temperatures and the fish have responded. Adam and I are on the Lake six days a week now and will continue to offer Morning and Afternoon trips until the temperatures heat up, and we then only conduct Morning trips through the Summer months. About the only difference you can expect when taking an AM versus PM trip is that the Hybrid Stripers always seem to be a bit more active in the early morning in the Springtime. The White Bass bite ALL DAY long and you can expect to load the box just about every trip out!
Our feathered friends (Gulls, Terns, Egrets, Herons and Loons) make it easy to find the fish in May. Many mornings they are lining the banks, sitting off the windblown points or dipping and diving picking up baitfish over school fish. It's always best to approach a school of feeding fish slowly and upwind. Turn the big motor off and use your trolling motor to stay near the school. This accomplishes two thing...(1) You don't spook the school fish and (2) You show courtesy to others fishing the same school of fish. Fellow fishermen who troll through the fish with their big motor roaring scatter the fish and upset those who are "working the school properly".
Check out the Hwy 309 Flats and the South Shoreline from Fisherman's Point to Ferguson Point for early AM activity on the Whites and Hybrid Stripers. In the PM, it's hard to beat the Pelican Island and Old Hwy 287 Roadbed. As always we catch the majority of our Whites on the RSR Slabs we've used for years, but in May we catch an equal amount on Sassy Shads on a 1/4 oz. Jighead and RSR's Tail Spinners. Check out the RSR site @ www.rsrlures.com for any and all of these baits.
Crappie are making the move to their Summer spots (Timber, Brushpiles and Bridge Columns) and should be on a Summer Pattern in the next few weeks. Small minnows are hard to beat when fishing for these tasty fish!
If you're looking to load the freezer with filets and enjoy a Morning or Afternoon on the water, give us a call or email. Hope to see you soon!
Royce & Adam Simmons
Gone Fishin' Guide Service
2013 Feb 05 - FISHING REPORT
While I'm partial to the Fall & Winter months and the really BIG fish that can be caught on RC, Adam loves the Spring and the BIG numbers of fish that are ALWAYS caught!
Based on the past twelve years of Guiding on RC, here's what occurs in the Spring. Hopefully, this will help you plan and make the most of your fishing time this year.
MARCH is when the slow bite of Winter gives way to an aggressive bite as the water temperature warms into the high 50's, and the White Bass & Hybrid Stripers think of spawning and eating. If the Creeks are flowing, many of the fish will move up them to do their spawning. But, if we experience little rainfall, the fish will spawn on the long sloping & windy points on the Main Lake. Check out the Pelican Island and 309 Flats areas for fish, gulls, baitfish and activity in both the AM & PM. By mid to late March, Crappie will begin their move to the shallow water to do their spawn. Small minnows and jigs in 1'-3' water are deadly for these tasty fish.
APRIL is THE MONTH for consistently catching Crappie on RC. As mentioned for March, the fish will be in the shallows and on their beds for spawning purposes. It's lots of fun to watch that cork go under, lift the pole and have a great big ol' slab on the hook! The Whites and Hybrids will be finishing off their spawning activities and most days be feeding aggressively. Keep a Rat-L-Trap and 1 oz. Slab handy as you'll catch them feeding on top and also on the bottom.
MAY is my favorite Spring Month as the volatile weather (T-Storms & Rain) is usually over, and the fish have settled into a pattern that lends itself to easy limits of fish all day long. You catch fish this time of year on Slabs, Rat-L-Traps, Tiny Torpedo's and just about any shiny bait of your choice. Check out the South Shoreline from Fisherman's Point to Ferguson Point for early morning activity and then the Old 287 Roadbed for Afternoon fishing. Watch for the Gulls as there will still be a few around to help you locate the fish.
Adam and I have had the pleasure of fishing with many folks over the past twelve years. About half our trips are with Kids and we pride ourselves in being able to say we truly offer "FAMILY FISHING FUN"! We hope 2011 is the year you choose to take that first Guided Trip on RC, or your one of the many friends who will fish with us again this year!
Good Luck and Good Fishin'!
Royce & Adam Simmons