Can we ask for more?
Summer-like weather and excellent conditions, and a record number of RVs filled the local parks. Dallas Johnson, operator of Ingrams Marina, was out Saturday morning taking pictures of "the most folks we have had in 3 years." I talked with some folks from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Arizona. Everyone was fishing, fellowshipping and cooking out. What a way to live.
For the first time this year, I was on the lake two times. Tuesday, after visiting anglers in Harvey Creek, Freeman Creek and Blount Creek, I decided to try my luck in Hammock Creek. The crappie was all "slabs" on Thursday.
Bruce Traylor and I took a nice catch, fishing minnows in the pads.
Crappie fishing has been good for some and not so good for others. Reports are coming in to both Whippoorwill and Ingrams Marinas of crappie being taken in shallow water, 2 to 3 feet in the lily pads. Fishing 15 to 18 inches should remain strong for a month or more.
Bass fishing remains good, with some bass still remaining around beds. However, most anglers are fishing post-spawn areas in deeper water. Reports of bass weighing 6 to 8 pounds have been coming in to both local marinas.
Next week I will give you more about the upcoming bass tournament.
Catfish are still being taken and reports of good numbers are coming in. Ronnie Baggett and his wife reported a nice catch off his dock. Still, the best bait is prepared catfish bait and worms fishing on the bottom.
With the warmer water, bream are beginning to be active with some good catches being reported in 6 to 8 feet of water, using crickets and worms.
No reports on shellcrackers, but I am sure reports will start coming in soon.
Water condition is level and stable, stained clearing with temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees.
Hope to see you soon. Until next week, "tight lines and good fishin’."
Wayne "Captain D" Dudley is a fishing guide at Lake Talquin. Look for Captain D every week.