Here's an infographic on the cyclical feeding habits of bass by Mike Cork. For the weekend angler this chart is a great reminder on bait choices for bass year round…. Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter.
The fog was so think, I felt like I stepped on the set of a movie.
Scene: Lone kayaker appears from the dense fog wondering aimlessly toward the lake holding a half eaten cereal bar. He’s slowly dragging a kayak behind him, not realizing he’s entered a goose-poop minefield along the shore. What’s keeping him going? Is it the unknown of the fog, that record bass or something bigger? Like a home improvement list that’s been growing for months.
That’s how my wife would write the scene.
I took these foggy pics at Caesar Creek lake North East of Cincinnati up Interstate 71. I prefer to launch from Wellman Meadows boat ramp near the dam, off Oregonia Rd. This part of the lake is a no wake zone, great for kayaking and fishing.
The fog finally cleared and I preceded to master the birds nest and at the time, I thought I landed that record bass! No bass, but a carp on a jig. All in all it was a great day just to be out there.... minus the goose poop on my shoe.
One of my favorite kayaking lakes in the Tri-State is Cowan Lake, just North East of Cincinnati and South of Wilmington up Interstate 71. The lake has a 10 horsepower limit, which means very little boat wake and a great place to take kids kayaking. They have two beaches, public and campground. The public beach is a good place to launch, easy access and close to water, it's located on the south lake shore.
When kayaking with kids make the day about them and focus on what they want to do. On this trip I took my son kayaking, we started out fishing and he caught his first bass from a kayak. I think I was more excited than he was, but shortly after that he wanted to paddle and explore the lake, and that was ok with me. We had a great time and headed home at sunset.
Here’s a video titled “Get Your Kids Kayaking Fishing” I ran across it a couple years ago on Youtube. It’s from an on-line video channel called Kayak Fishing Tales hosted by Jim Sammons. Good tips on getting your kids kayak fishing.
Bass live and thrive around visible cover like downed trees, weed beds and logs. The great thing about fishing out of a kayak is you can approach these areas in stealth mode. Before you approach any cover get your gear set, last thing you want to do is start banging your paddle, poles and lures on the kayak, that’s one sure way to spook any fish.
My fishing yak is Wilderness Systems Ride 115, which allows me to stand and cast. To create that stability the kayak is wider, which means I’m giving up speed. I look at it as a better workout, plus I’m not racing anyone. When choosing this kayak it was important that I was able to stand for casting options and to stretch my legs and back.
Here’s a pic I took at Cowan Lake where I eased into a downed tree and started flipping inside and outside with a plastic worm. With this approach don’t rush and have patience. The another pics I took fishing in a weed bed. I try to fish the points along the edges and holes that appear in the interior of the weed beds. On this day I used a jig and caught a few small bass.
On windy days I’ll anchor next to fallen trees or stumps with a retractable dog leash. I’ll park down wind so I’m not blowing back into the tree. I’ll set the length so my kayak can float freely and I can easily reach over and unhook with little effort. Feel free to leave a comment on fishing your favorite cover.
If you live in the Cincinnati Tri-State area or are just passing through, you gotta paddle Cowan Lake in late July and early August for the American Lotus. It’s a water lily that grows in the lake’s shallow areas, mainly on the East side of the lake. The plant leaves are huge, up to two feet in diameter, with large beautiful yellow flowers. I’m going to date myself, but for those that remember the show “Lost In Space” and the crazy plants on that show… it’s like that.
Boats with a ten horsepower limit are permitted on lake, which makes Cowan great for kayaking and it’s very popular with sailboats. On this outing, I left the fishing gear at home for some exercise and site seeing. Here are a few pics…….
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