Was windy but not too bad. Trolled live medium shiners in the usual places. Got about 12-14 bass and one crappie. Mostly LM maybe 3 spots.. Water was fairly clear lakewide. Water temp 73-75 unheard of this late in the year.
Some nice ones there. I'm going to have to hit it in the AM and enjoy this cool June weather while I can. I'll bring the finesse wand and the spybait in case I strike out on slabs again. Have not thrown it yet this year.
EDIT: didn't go - had to rescue #1 son stranded with a dead vehicle. Looks like the alternator... oh well. Guess I'll go tomorrow.
When I arrived at the gate, there were so many Jon boats. I asked if there was a tourney, but guys said no. Probably 30 or so boats and when I made it back in about 50 -100 people on the lake. Very crowded. I caught 2 swimming a jig with a rage craw.
I only started this thread to help stay on top of the local electric water. Cant believe their was that many people out on the water.
I always liked the no crowd vibe of Lathem.
Hopefully it will die down crowd wise.
I knew it was going to be crowded on a NICE Saturday. No biggie. I don't think you can blame this thread. The lake has alot of deep water and even the largemouth school like spots and follow bait. They go to their deep haunts when pressured. The fishery is not harmed. I think it's well managed. I didn't see anyone do any better than a few bites. Weekdays are definitely better! Despite what I heard, I'm pretty sure it was an impromptu tourney. As they all seemed to get off the water at the same time. I'm not a tournament hater. In fact, I would like to have a reservoir boat and fish some tourneys. There were some nice rigs with Elco outboards. They throw off a wake headed up lake! Impressive rigs with huge electronics. The lake was plenty big enough. Even though I counted 8 boats around me in the narrows, everyone got along and were respectful. Its unreasonable for me to expect to fish on Saturday and have the lake to myself!
I bought a Garmin Echomap+ 93sv to run a Panoptix LiveScope system on my "big" boat. This was back a few months when they were on sale for $599.
Since I already have a Humminbird Helix 9 MSI+ on the big boat with amazing side scan, and I wanted the Garmin only to run LiveScope, I decided to put the Garmin 2D/DI/SS transducer on the kayak. I bought an extra cradle mount and power cable so I can just snap out - snap in the head unit from boat to kayak.
The 'bird side scan is better than the Garmin - but not by much. The Garmin holds it's own.
Eventually I'll make a LiveScope XD holder for the kayak. Once you use it - you always want it. Do you really need it? No, I've caught fish for 40 years without it, but it really is cool to have.
Going to HL mid morning tomorrow. Got a new Trolling motor set up to try out and I may even get the new Garmin out of the box and hook it up. Been fishing for 50+ years and never owned a depth finder till now.
HA! Me too! I just send down a heavy jig to see what the depth is. Fan cast until you get a bite to show you where they are. But graphs are so good now, they show fish so well. I may have to break down someday.
@weagle : Nice job with the ol' Cardinal. Got my old C 3 fixed up but haven't used it yet. How did the trolling motor work out? Less paddling = more fishing IMO.
Regarding the opening time: One day I went last week, I was first in the gate when it opened. I was surprised to see a red truck and trailer already parked. Went way down the lake and around the bend, and there he was in his boat, fishing. So SOMEONE gets to fish the lake earlier in the morning.