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Thread: Puddingstone Reservoir 4-3-2020

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    So since school is out, I've been heading over to Frank G. Bonelli park to fish pretty much every afternoon this past week with some pretty good success (2-3 fish a day, but all 1-2 lbs). I walk along the dirt bike trail, finding little openings and clearings to fish from. Today, however, my dad decided to come with me and that means taking the boat. We launched the boat at around 3 pm, and started on the east side in very shallow water 3-6 ft where we caught two including a really nice female. We then switched gears and made a run to the west side, starting by the first dam closest to the marina and working our way through the first cove, picking up four more little guys before calling it a day. Water temp was about 67-69 degrees, warmer on the east as well as quite a bit murkier (maybe because the prevailing wind blew that way). The water on the west side was cooler and pretty clear, with a very light algae bloom happening. We talked to a regular there who complained about the amount of fishing pressure Puddingstone was getting due to all the other lakes being closed and how all the bedding bass were being heavily fished, resulting in them either scattering or a severe case of lockjaw. Either way, that's how it seemed as all the fish we caught were on extreme finesse setups (Weightless wacky rigged senkos in green pumpkin or watermelon) and flourocarbon leaders. We did mark a lot of big bass downscan on the south side where they bed, but couldn't get them to bite at all. No complaints however, as I'm just happy to be out there on the water, catching fish. Hope this information helps. Tight lines y'all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Striper15 View Post
    So since school is out, I've been heading over to Frank G. Bonelli park to fish pretty much every afternoon this past week with some pretty good success (2-3 fish a day, but all 1-2 lbs). I walk along the dirt bike trail, finding little openings and clearings to fish from. Today, however, my dad decided to come with me and that means taking the boat. We launched the boat at around 3 pm, and started on the east side in very shallow water 3-6 ft where we caught two including a really nice female. We then switched gears and made a run to the west side, starting by the first dam closest to the marina and working our way through the first cove, picking up four more little guys before calling it a day. Water temp was about 67-69 degrees, warmer on the east as well as quite a bit murkier (maybe because the prevailing wind blew that way). The water on the west side was cooler and pretty clear, with a very light algae bloom happening. We talked to a regular there who complained about the amount of fishing pressure Puddingstone was getting due to all the other lakes being closed and how all the bedding bass were being heavily fished, resulting in them either scattering or a severe case of lockjaw. Either way, that's how it seemed as all the fish we caught were on extreme finesse setups (Weightless wacky rigged senkos in green pumpkin or watermelon) and flourocarbon leaders. We did mark a lot of big bass downscan on the south side where they bed, but couldn't get them to bite at all. No complaints however, as I'm just happy to be out there on the water, catching fish. Hope this information helps. Tight lines y'all!
    Good report! Have you seen anyone catch a Crappie there lately?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Striper15 View Post
    So since school is out, I've been heading over to Frank G. Bonelli park to fish pretty much every afternoon this past week with some pretty good success (2-3 fish a day, but all 1-2 lbs). I walk along the dirt bike trail, finding little openings and clearings to fish from. Today, however, my dad decided to come with me and that means taking the boat. We launched the boat at around 3 pm, and started on the east side in very shallow water 3-6 ft where we caught two including a really nice female. We then switched gears and made a run to the west side, starting by the first dam closest to the marina and working our way through the first cove, picking up four more little guys before calling it a day. Water temp was about 67-69 degrees, warmer on the east as well as quite a bit murkier (maybe because the prevailing wind blew that way). The water on the west side was cooler and pretty clear, with a very light algae bloom happening. We talked to a regular there who complained about the amount of fishing pressure Puddingstone was getting due to all the other lakes being closed and how all the bedding bass were being heavily fished, resulting in them either scattering or a severe case of lockjaw. Either way, that's how it seemed as all the fish we caught were on extreme finesse setups (Weightless wacky rigged senkos in green pumpkin or watermelon) and flourocarbon leaders. We did mark a lot of big bass downscan on the south side where they bed, but couldn't get them to bite at all. No complaints however, as I'm just happy to be out there on the water, catching fish. Hope this information helps. Tight lines y'all!
    Good report! Have you seen anyone catch a Crappie there lately?

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    I haven't seen or heard about anyone catching Crappie yet. Hopefully once the water warms a little more, they'll show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Striper15 View Post
    I haven't seen or heard about anyone catching Crappie yet. Hopefully once the water warms a little more, they'll show up.
    They were on a strange bite 2 months ago there! Usually April is the Crappie month but it's been quiet at a lot of lakes so far!

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    yes they are there now.

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