This month I took the plunge and invested $44.59 (with fees) for an out of state Iowa fishing license in order to take a shot at some relatively new water in nearby Scott County. For today’s installment we’ll run down the results which admittedly lack some quality fish. At a later date I look to also submit some observations on the fishing hole based on my early impressions.
June 19 6:08am First Iowa Bass 12.5:” 1-2 Buzzbait
Date: Two visits – June 19 & June 28, 2016
Location: Lost Grove Lake, IA
Time: 9.5 hours (4.75 each trip)
Weather: 6/19 - Sunny/breezy 6/28 – Partly cloudy/windy
Air Temp: 6/19 – 72 to 85F 6/28 - 64 to 68F
Water Temp: 6/19 – no reading 6/28 – 80F
Totals: 25 bass (6/19 = 19 bass 6/28 = 6 bass)
Lures: Senko wacky rig (green pumpkin black flake or natural shad) – 17 bass, Booyah Buzz Buzzbait (salt & pepper) – 7 bass, Strike King Red Eye Shad (sexy shad) – 1 bass
Top Bass: 1-9 (Senko)
Top 5 Weight (only 2 at 12” or better): 2-11 (1-9,1-2)
June 19 9:51am Current Top Bass 14.5” 1-9 Senko wacky rig, definitely leaves room for an upgrade
Notes & Nonsense
Hot and Cold – During my first visit I was able to get regularly bit on a diet primarily consisting of Senkos while the early morning temperature rapidly climbed. Trip number two came in the midst of a break in a recent heatwave with temperatures that felt closer to high school football than MLB All Star break. I guess I’ll attribute the tough bite to a “cold front” having the bass kind of confused. It truly left me confused as well since the only thing they would bite was a buzzbait, just a weird day.
Small Bites – In addition to the small bites from the bass, the size of the lake coupled with my modest watercraft setup means that I have to chop the lake up into manageable pieces. My plan is to hit five or six different sections of the 390-acre body of water as I rack up visits and eventually get a look at the whole thing. Two down, with less than stellar results.
Topography – I have managed to secure a decent topo map of the lake from somewhere on the internet so it is cool to get look at what is going on below the surface in terms of contours and some manmade structure items. However, there are a few issues with my cut-rate depthfinder setup and GPS from my phone. A work in progress quite unlike my normal stomping grounds that are rather familiar after twenty five or thirty years of acquaintance.
Looks can be deceiving
Not Much of a Boat – As I was casting around some flooded bushes near a walk-in access area a couple fellows on the bank looked my way and one of them said, “That ain’t much of a boat” to the other guy. Glancing around the crowded lake that Sunday morning I counted six other watercraft including a couple tricked out bass boats; 250HP, Power Poles and so on. Easily over $100,000 of fishing equipment within view certainly lent credence to his observation. I also got to hear the same guy say, “Hey, he got another one” as I landed a pair of bass while they were watching including the 1-9 pictured above. I’m sure they meant no offense in their evaluation of that old 8’ johnboat and I took none, just got a laugh knowing that you can’t judge a book by the cover.
June 28 5:58am First bass Buzzbait, was hoping they would get better…they didn’t.
So, there you go, an attempt to make something out of not much (and a picture of a 10” bass to go with it). Many years ago there was a promotion of some sort that featured a tagline “Big fish in Iowa.” I don’t doubt that it is so, but I sure haven’t figured out how to fool one from across the river quite yet. Recently, on the Illinois side, however…more on that next week. Talk to you later. Troy