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Old 05-02-2011, 08:00 PM
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Default High water strategies.

I'm sure most of us are faced with high water right now, and for us guys in Wisconsin, conditions are gonna be less than optimal this opening weekend. But I'm not gonna let that stop me from trying to get bite or two. I thought I'd starts this thread to see what y'alls strategies are for high, cold water.

I'm hoping the high water will concentrates the fish in. I'll try dragging tubes, grubs or hair jigs. I'm gonna find some small feeder creeks on google earth, I that I hope will have clearer warmer water. Maybe I'll even try tossing a red rattle trap seeing if the rip at it cause it pisses 'em off to much!
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:34 PM
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Sounds like a plan there, Smalliekid.

I always look for eddies along the banks or behind islands. Mouths of feeder creeks are good places. Find the seam that runs from the main river across the mouth and concentrate on that line.

Our river is in the 50s now and the creeks are hitting the low 60s. My late Winter and Early Spring hair bite is mostly done. I am now concentrating on plastics, JBs, crankbaits, and an occasional spinnerbait.

We may be going out tomorrow for the first time since the tornado warnings went though. It's been a few days and it will be during pre-frontal conditions. The weatherman is calling for t-storms tomorrow evening with the air temp reaching 80 degrees by late afternoon.

Our weekend looks like another washout on the main rivers once again. Tomorrow may be the best day of the week to get out.

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Old 05-03-2011, 06:47 AM
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I haven't found the cure for high, cold, choclate milk water.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:11 AM
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Our weekend looks like another washout on the main rivers once again.
I still have hope. Not much, but some. If we only get rain like Monday's it might make it down low enough for the weekend. The predictions show it headed back into the "flood zone" though.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:21 AM
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fuzzy: The cure for chocolate milk water is.... BOURBON!

It makes ya forget your not fishing!!
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:42 AM
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fuzzy: The cure for chocolate milk water is.... BOURBON!

It makes ya forget your not fishing!!

Do I just add it to the bag of tubes? If I get them drunk enough will they just come up to the top? or do I have to hit them in the head with the empty bottle? If I have to drink the whole bottle, might as well lay down in the boat in the garage.

We have been fishing some flatwater and catching small LM. I want to get back on the river, though. I haven't seen a spring like this since NY created the C&R Bass season.
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:53 PM
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Tubes impregnated with bourbon... now that's a great idea. Definitely would be a killer on those Kentucky Spotted Bass. I don't think they could resist some smooth, smooth Elijah Craig dipped tubes, maybe with a cheez doodle trailer?
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:25 PM
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Thanks the tips guys, not sure I can get the bourbon though!
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:08 PM
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My solution to high, cold water (the river I fish is 6' over average), is to fish the lake in front of my house for largemouth. They're quite a bit of fun until the river gets back to normal. Water temps are still a bit cold, but I've been catching some and have had a few good evenings.
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Water has definitely been up here in Virginia, but temps are quickly warming. only about 2 weeks ago the lower New River was in the 40's, its not hitting 60+. I have had sucess recently on ratl traps and spinnerbait ( musky seem to like them too , lol, caught a 36 and a 38 incher the other day while smally fishing) The big guy pictured below was caught on a tenessee shad ratl trap.
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