Saturday, September 17, 2011
This was a kayak fishing trip that I had set out to harvest some fish for an evening dinner. The day was cool and beautiful. I have had some incredible stringers and large catches in the month of September, so I was really looking forward to the fishing!
I was on the main lake and kayaked most of it.....cool temperatures after Labor Day are excellent for kayak fishing, due to the fact that you have most of the lake to yourself, without much motor traffic.
I had a spinning rod with a bottom rig/night crawler set up (which can be a great rig when the panfish really fire up) however, I did not have much luck with that rig. Lake Sherwood has a "Under 12" take all you can Largmouth Bass" set up, so I figured I would try and take enough for a small meal for myself once I got home. I accomplished the goal on this trip!
I had the most success on a texas rigged watermelon trick worm (6")....that has been my "go to" worm this year in regards to bass fishing...once again it delivered!
Friday, September 9, 2011
Loutre River, Montgomery County, Missouri Sept 5th, 2011: lots of fish in shallow pools- but you have to get to them!
This was a challenging kayak fishing trip on the Loutre River, Missouri. The word "river" really should be replaced with "stream". I ended up going about 4.5 miles total, but I think half of that time was spent portaging with my kayak cart (really glad I decided to bring it along!). No complaints, however. It was a really nice day to be out, cooler than normal, and windy.
About half way through the trip, I caught the shadow under the kayak of a huge Gar..big fish, small pool!.
As you watch the film , you will see the typical catch on this stream. No smallmouths, but all Largemouths. I also caught quite a few really small sunfish as well. I had a gold mini spinner, with a red jig head and a plastic minnow. This seemed to really tear them up. Almost all of them were laying deep in structure or in grass next to shore with heavy rocks...structure is key in a small stream.
Now here is what is great about small stream fishing- you are probably the first fisher they have seen! I could tell that this is a spot that a lot of people do not fish. Probably due to the fact that the fish are typically smaller and the effort to get to some of these spots is intense at times. It is a lot of fun to see what you will pull from a stream in Missouri!