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Title: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: dartag on November 24, 2018, 06:39:20 AM
Fished the Hot Ponds Black Friday.   Not sure what was up but we only caught 1 bass in 5 hours.   Wind was out of the southeast when we got there.  A little bumpy but not to bad of a ride in.   Starting at the mouth it seemed the water is higher than it has been.  We started with crankbaits in an area I always catch bass.   Nothing but foul hooking shad.  We fished all the way up to the discharge at the entrance road without a bite.  Finally at the boat dock I caught a nice bass.   We fished our way back out to the mouth without a bite.   The shore guys were catching some nice catfish.  There was a boat fishing the middle of the channel vertically jigging a blade.   He said he had caught a couple bass, catfish and shad.    We fished all the way down the middle and caught a couple carp on a blade.  The small shad were so thick you would snag one almost every time you reeled in.  Water was 56 degrees from the mouth to the discharge.  Current was moving pretty fast.  We did notice a lot of dead shad along the bank
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If you go watch out for bouys with rope floating near them.   

Hopefully the group will do better on Sunday.   My boat is now put away for the winter.  Time to get ready for Florida fishing.

Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: 21XDC on November 24, 2018, 09:52:59 AM
We caught over 50 LM in Lk Erie Friday in 38* water... All on my large blade baits.

 :)  Not bad for 5hrs of fishing... Big fish was just under 4lbs Several over 3lbs.
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: dartag on November 24, 2018, 10:30:14 AM
I am going to give up fishing and start Bird Watching.       
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: Bigbass201 on November 24, 2018, 08:07:41 PM
The hot pond has been off this fall.  It may pick up later.  My guess there is just too much food right now and you can't compete with them just opening their mouth and swallowing.  No need to chase baits.  I had a buddy that was in there last Monday and had the same deal.  They caught 5 or 6 with one good one.  They left and tried another area that was much colder and wacked around 80.  It could be these fish move if pressured too much.  The hot pond just hasn't been as good as it was 15 years ago.  Pressure will do that.  Just ask those Ohio guys that do largemouth only tournaments.  It's really hard to catch them over there now in East Harbor and West Harbor.  I seen a lot of those guys over on the Michigan side this year.  I think it's only going to deplete the Michigan side more in the future.

Just my .02.

Keep your head up.  The area wasn't the right one to be in.  It wasn't you. 

Tight lines
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: 21XDC on November 24, 2018, 08:48:43 PM
I'll let you know... I'm fishing the hot pond tomorrow... Singular...


 :)
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: dartag on November 25, 2018, 07:17:40 AM
I'll let you know... I'm fishing the hot pond tomorrow... Singular...


 :)


My guess is Mike will catch 100.   He always does in there..   He is the Pond Master. 
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: 21XDC on November 25, 2018, 07:08:22 PM
 :-[ ::) >:(  Only fished a few hours. I only caught 1 fish. It was a 4lb smallie' ... Awful...

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Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: Hollada on November 25, 2018, 07:18:03 PM
In the pond area or out front of it? 
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: dartag on November 25, 2018, 08:40:18 PM
Dang must be bad if you couldn't find them.   Frank and Mojo were in there but have not heard if he caught anything.   Time for me to get ready for Florida fishing. 
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: 21XDC on November 25, 2018, 09:57:06 PM
In the pond area or out front of it?


We fished hard out at the mouth of Erie and never had a sniff.... Caught the smallie inside the middle of the pond.


I may have seen the ProCraft run by us....
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: dartag on November 26, 2018, 06:22:22 AM
Seemed like a lot more bouys for nets in there from the commercial fishermen.  There was on net on the right side full of dead fish.   Wonder how many Game fish they kill in them.


Still worth going to see the Bald Eagles that live in there.    Funny I have had 7 people contact me from Facebook asking how they can get in there to see the Eagles.   Would be a good charter business for someone with a charter license. 
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: mikesmiph on November 26, 2018, 08:26:32 AM
Several of us were in there yesterday. Nobody did well. A bunch of junk fish caught/ snagged? I never had a bite, but only fished 2 hours. I seem to be having motor problems. Was late getting to the pond, and had to leave early. No decent sized bass that I heard about. Frank did catch a giant carp but he had no net and never got it in the boat. Best part of the day was the meal after.
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: Mojo on November 26, 2018, 07:49:18 PM
It wasn’t a horrible day. Nothing like the 25 lb day I had oh maybe 10 years ago. I’d say I haven’t seen one over 4 lb in 5 years. Anyway, we had an all species day, I caught 3 keepers none over 3 lb.  2 LM on cranks and one SM on a tube. Seemed to get bit more as the sun came out. Water near the outlet was 63 degrees, not terribly stained. The number of 4- 6 inch shad caught was crazy for sure. I think there are 2 areas that could produce more if we worked them more. For me it was being surrounded by my quality quality quality friends Sunday. And met 2 more really stand up guys ! For me, having these small but meaningful annual get togethers are the very events we will remember long after we’ve forgotten the outcome.

You guys should really join us up at Franks in July. That is a hoot ! And we catch 5 lb LM.  Bobs Swap meet - absolutely the best of the best.

Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: Mojo on November 26, 2018, 08:02:20 PM
We caught over 50 LM in Lk Erie Friday in 38* water... All on my large blade baits.

 :)  Not bad for 5hrs of fishing... Big fish was just under 4lbs Several over 3lbs.

Would you have to be bananas to catch them in 38 degree water  Mikey ?
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: 21XDC on November 26, 2018, 08:08:41 PM
I fish in temps down to 29*   :o  I dress for it... It shortens winter.  ;D
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: Mojo on November 27, 2018, 12:35:52 PM
I fish in temps down to 29*   :o  I dress for it... It shortens winter.  ;D
Let’s try it again. Hey Mikey, would you say I’d have to stick my finger in the dyke to keep from catching 50 LM IN 38 degree water ? Lol
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: 21XDC on November 27, 2018, 02:37:20 PM
Nope... I was not fishing the banana dyke... Nope!  I was fishing from the back of someone else's boat. I had the first 10 fish from the back, And he was fishing his smaller blade baits in front of me..  8)

He asked for one of mine and started catching. I caught over 30 LM and he caught over 20 LM...  Made a believer out of him...
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: djkimmel on December 01, 2018, 12:58:10 AM
More secret spots... good to know they're out there. So we all know it's worth it to keep looking. I haven't even checked around here other than driving across the river in my car. The area near the power plant is open but I have to guess the lakes have ice on them now. Maybe I'll go for a short road trip this weekend and heck our few Lansing-area lakes for ice coverage. Though I don't go ice fishing on 'new' ice. I only go ice fishing on thick ice...
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: Bigbass201 on December 08, 2018, 10:04:09 AM
Mike,

I know your secret spot.  lol    It's been hot this year and there have been as many as 6 boats in that small area.  Keep sticking them buddy.
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: 21XDC on December 08, 2018, 11:11:19 AM
 :o  I went there last Sun and there was already 3-4 boats in there... I left. I'm Not going to join the crowd.


Guys drive 2hrs to fish 10 acres..  ::)

They are mostly from OH. :o
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: Bigbass201 on December 28, 2018, 07:55:59 AM
I don't blame you.   That place will cool off just like the hot pond with the bite.   Pressure will put those fish on the lookout for another wintering home.   That area I've been fishing for over 20 years and it's never seen pressure like this.  Joe Thomas even did a show in there 15 to 20 years ago.
Title: Re: Not so Hot Pond Report
Post by: djkimmel on March 11, 2019, 09:34:30 PM
Well... Ohio doesn't have 11,000 lakes. Hard to blame them for wanting a little variety. Same goes for those large numbers of rabid bass anglers in Indiana who only have a few hundred lakes.

Another reason why I'm thankful every day I was born and raised in a state full of lakes and rivers, and surrounded by even more water (those 'big' lakes).