Saturday Exploration…

This morning found me flying solo which doesn’t happen very often, but the rest of the team had plans this morning. With a blank day I had a hard time deciding what to do, should I go to Melvern or Hillsdale and hit the crappie or try something new. I opted for the latter of the choices.

A lot of times when it’s just me I like to go explore something new. I have been wanting to hit a little city lake about 45 minutes south of me called Garnett North city lake. I have been hearing of some great wiper fishing down there so I wanted to explore the lake when I didn’t have to worry about putting someone on the fish. When you are all by yourself, if you don’t catch a fish it’s not near as big of a deal. Today was no such day.

To start off with, I think they should call this a great CAT fish and bass lake. Since I didn’t get out too early this morning and didn’t make it down to the  lake until 9:30 which is a little past high time for wiper. But, I was more worried about learning a new lake and as it turns out this is a very deep lake. It looks like an old valley that they have damned up and flooded. There is a break from 12 ft right off into to 30 feet of water along the entire lake… Great for wipers but bad for concentrating wipers… all I can say is the first 15 fish I caught where a mixture of nice cat fish and bass. I am not an expert on cat fish but I do think there are some blue cats in Garnett. The forks in the tail are very pronounced and they are blue!!! The big cats where just slamming the crank baits at about 2 mph. Then, about 10:30 on a 2 3/4 inch black deep diving rattling thin fin I got slammed and I mean slammed! No doubt here what it was… it was about a 5 minute fight that drew a crowd of several other boats but I did manage to get this nice 22+ inch fish netted. A great start and the rumors are true there are some nice fish here…

After 5 more cat fish and a bass or two I had a double hook up… I knew the first one was a cat about half way in, but about then I noticed the other line was going straight left. Now, anyone who wiper fishes knows that’s not a cat…  After two nice fights, I had a fun double that you don’t normally get a chance to catch at the same time.

After one more nice 18″ wiper it was time to get out of the 97 degree heat since Dakota had already swam to shore once (and I had a hard time getting her back in the boat) it was DQ time. Did I mention there where a lot of cat fish but not one crappie… Garnett North, I will be back…

~ Nick

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