Do you love big bluegill?
We have had a lot of rain here in Oklahoma over the last two weeks. Some lakes are two, three and in places four feet above normal levels for this time of year. I'm sure we all know how this effects spawning Sunfishes.
In my part of Oklahoma we have soils with high levels of iron oxide. Do any wade fishing right now and your "tidy whities" will be as red as the infield dirt at Yankee Stadium. Think crushed brick red. Since these soil particles are clays (very small, very light in weight) suspended particles muddy the water around here for weeks.
What I would like to do is start a disscusion on how to deal with high water and turbid conditions. What do you do different, or the same, when fishing in high and/or muddy water? Do you look for clear water or change tactics to deal with conditions? Does going deeper help? What about topwater? Do you think Bluegills, Red-ears and the like stay on or near their nests even with the reduction in sunlight or increased silting-in?
I know "muddy" and "high water" are subjective terms and mean different things for folks accross the country but give it a go. Unless you fish in Death Valley you have had to deal with elevated lake levels and off color water.
So... let's hear it. How do I catch fish with the crappy conditions I have?
Keith, I think you will rcognize this spot, bouy is on the west side. Was using eggsucking-leach on sinking line as you can see I was quite a ways out from the bouy. I like big black flies this was in the evening. I agree with both Bruce and LotF,R. Road trip for sure, but if you can't trip go low and slow.
Thought it might be about time to bring this post back.
Anyone already in the rainy season? We haven't had any measureable rainfall since November or so but when we break a drought, we generally do so with a flood.
So.. who is dealing with high and/or muddy water already this year? How are you doing so?