Paw Paw Lake 12-2-17 with video

Paw Paw Lake 12-2-17 with video

Joined: September 2nd, 2009, 8:20 pm

December 5th, 2017, 6:19 pm #1

Last trip of the year?  I am not sure but seems likely with the long term forecast.  But, I did complete fishing every month of this year from my boat.  Spencer and I weren't able to fish on the same days but we did a big bass contest since we were both going to the same lake.  I fished it first on Saturday morning he fished Sunday morning.  Weather conditions were very similar, very little wind and clear skies with lots of sunshine and a bright moon each night.

I left home at 5 am and drove towards the bright moon thinking how I could maybe get some cool video fishing under it.  But halfway to the lake a line of clouds rolled in and ruined that chance.  I started off at the Coloma launch and stayed in the channels for the first hour or so with air temps around 35 and water temps still about 44.  I was half fishing half setting waypoints of things with my fish finder.  I tried the black spinnerbait and blade bait mainly.  When I got to the main lake it was still dark and I slowly motored between two spots looking for deeper fish thinking I would try that this trip.  I think I marked some scattered fish but no grouping of fish so I kept going to my spot and tried that with no luck.  

Next I moved all the way across the lake and did try out deeper there but my heart just wasn't in it.  I made another move to a big point.  When I got there I noticed a bird fly off of a tree on a hill and saw another one still in the tree.  It took a second to realize it was a mature bald eagle sitting there.  But when I tried to fly my drone for a closer shot of it my battery was too cold to allow me to fly.  I tried to warm in up in my hands but the eagle took off before I could manage too.  I have heard of eagles attacking drones so maybe it was a blessing in disguise.  But after messing around with the battery I finally got it up and around for 10 minutes.  Once that was done I could start fishing again, I still needed to catch a big bass to beat Spencer.  I tried the point for a while but it seemed void of life in the clear, cold and calm water.

I moved to another area and was about to give up and was making a few casts with a new Live Target Baitball Spinner Rig, it's like an A-rig spinnerbait.  And as luck would have it I got my first bite on the 4th or 5th cast.  It was a 17.5" 2lb 6oz largemouth and gave me a shot at winning.  So I stuck with that bait for a while in that area but no other takers.  

I moved again to what has been a good area this last month alternating between the baitball rig, a shallow jerkbait, and a deep jerkbait.  It took a bit but when I got to the best spot of the good spot I got bit on the deep jerkbait.  It was another decent fish at 17.75" and 2lb 8oz.  Both those fish came when there was a little ripple on the surface of the water.  

Next I tried in the channels and the water is so clear I could see stumps and other things that explained some breakoffs in past trips.  I also saw 4 or 5 bass just sitting on the bottom not willing to move at all.  And I scared away one really nice bass.  I couldn't get anything to bite in the channels and stopped at 11:15 am.  Here's the end of the trip picture and the video.
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Spencer only manged one 15 inch bass on a jerkbait and lost the winning fish at the boat he said.  He also had one other good one bite at the boat but didn't get hooked up.  All 3 of his fish hit at the boat making him think he was fishing his jerkbait too fast and they were comitting to it once he slowed it down at the boat.  He didn't throw much of anything else he said.
2016 Big Fish
Largemouth: 21.5" 6.46 lbs. Secret Lake Mar. 26


Smallmouth: 22" 5lb 4oz Kalamazoo River


Pike: 31" Paw Paw Lake
Muskie: 
Walleye: 
Brown Trout: 20", Delaware River, July 30
 
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Joined: December 16th, 2006, 11:45 am

December 5th, 2017, 9:36 pm #2

You looked very happy with yourself putting that first fish in the box, and you should have been.

Have you ever tried a white or silver Senko in those channels?
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Joined: February 1st, 2009, 2:04 am

December 5th, 2017, 9:55 pm #3

If it's your last trip, it's a good end to the year
"Gone fishin', be back for deer season!"
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Joined: September 2nd, 2009, 8:20 pm

December 12th, 2017, 1:25 pm #4

I usually stick to green pumpkin Jack but my daughter bought a pack of shad colored senkos for my birthday and I tried them on this trip under a few docks.  I'm sure they will see some action in the spring here.

It certainly looks like the last trip now and it was a good trip and a good year.  Looking forward to early spring at the secret lake.  
2016 Big Fish
Largemouth: 21.5" 6.46 lbs. Secret Lake Mar. 26


Smallmouth: 22" 5lb 4oz Kalamazoo River


Pike: 31" Paw Paw Lake
Muskie: 
Walleye: 
Brown Trout: 20", Delaware River, July 30
 
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Joined: December 16th, 2006, 11:45 am

December 12th, 2017, 9:38 pm #5

Green pumpkin was always my far and away fave too but I thought with the fish you've been getting on soft shad baits that the silver may work.
My partner Dan always liked the blue Senkos with a dipped chartreuse tail or else he was throwing jigs.
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