Hooked up this past Saturday with my old buddy, Todd Clanin. Todd and I used to get out and do some small creek smallie chasing back in the day. Todd is now not only a great smallie angler, but also chases muskies quite a bit. He just bought his first fly rod and is getting ready to chase the mighty muskie with the long rod. Todd and I fished McMaster Lake located within Snakeden Hollow Recreation Area.
I had never been to Snakeden. When I was a kid, I fished a few of the strip mine lakes that are now part of Snakeden. My father had a friend who had permission to fish the strip mines before the state bought them. We ice fished and had a great time (early 80’s).
McMaster Lake is the main lake at Snakeden and what a neat lake it is. Crystal clear water with every type of habitat and fish could want. Standing timber, downed timber, beautiful weedbeds, and rocks…..............wow! Todd fished with standard muskie hardware, while I utilized only the 10 weight fly rod. We encountered a nice, sunny day with little wind.
We fished, for the most part, the whole lake. To make a long story short, we had plenty of near misses. We had 14 follows from 14 separate muskies and NOT ONE ate our offerings…...amazing. I had never seen anything like it. Of course, I am totally new to muskie fishing, but even Todd remarked that 14 follows without a strike is pretty amazing. While it was great fun fishing this new lake, it was still a little frustrating to have that many near misses.
I am planning on getting back to McMaster as soon as possible. While the lake is approximately 150 acres, I still feel I could get my Coosa kayak out on the lake and do some damage. Of course, I may go back with Todd as well. You might remember that Todd Clanin caught and released an amazing muskie from McMaster a few years back that measured 54 inches!! We had some fish near the boat that were over 40 inches, with only two out of the fourteen that were considered small fish.
I will be back…....................
A must see to believe….................
Watch the whole video as they take the scale to a local grocery store and have the scale verified….................................All I can say is WOW!~!!!!
AS ALWAYS…...............HAIL TO THE SMALLIE
Not a lot to report. Last Saturday I did get out on the Vermilion. River was in wonderful shape and for the first time in 2014, I was able to wet wade…...............yippee. I am not a big fan of waders. Sure, I wear them, but only when I have to. When wet wading season arrives, I am ecstatic. And, when wet wading season ends in the fall, I am not a happy camper.
I solely fished on Saturday with the fly rod. Took a 7 weight and started with a blockhead popper. This was the first day of the season that I have even tried a topwater. I caught a couple of smallies and a handful of rock bass - nothing like topwater bassin’ with regular rods or the fly rod. I only waded about a 1/4 mile and caught 5 smallies. Poppers and a new streamer called the K-Zoo shad were both productive. I got out around 9:00 and quit at noon. If I knew what was in store weather wise, I would have fished all day.
Mother nature really has messed up the local rivers. Rain, rain, and more rain this week. I had to reschedule two guide trips for this upcoming weekend. Hopefully, the high water has not messed up what was shaping up to be a great year for the spawn…...........we will see.
We need a dry week…...............
AS ALWAYS…..............HAIL TO THE SMALLIE