First...some recent updates:
I got out Monday night to the Prairie Ridge South pond. It was windy, and I’d hoped to see (and fish for) grass carp back in the east end of the pond, but there were several other people fishing back there, so I didn’t even go on that side of the bridge. I ended up catching a couple bass and around 20 bluegills, with some nice ones up to at least 8.5”.
I fly-fished during lunch on Tuesday at the backwaters below Saylorville. Tried for carp. Might’ve had one take, but no hookups. There were some visible carp feeding in the area, and I made casts to a handful of them. Mostly tried an egg pattern, both with and without an indicator. It was really shallow where I was fishing.
Last night I went to Georgetown Park pond. It was pretty calm for a change. Caught 15 crappies, 8 bluegills, 1 bass, and 1 catfish (25.5").
The catfish was awesome fun and extremely strong. Since it wasn't 27", it isn't the same one I had caught at least 3 times before. I caught the catfish and most of the crappies on an unweighted #8 white Woolly Bugger.
I also finally hooked another grass carp! I had cast near the grass carp, and it looked like the grass carp moved towards the fly, then sunk out of sight. Then my line started moving away so I set the hook. I fought it for quite awhile...but every time I got it to the surface it was coming in TAIL FIRST...so I think it was snagged/foul-hooked. I'll never know for sure because as I was trying to drag it over the top of the weeds/algae near shore, my line broke. Pretty exciting while it was on, though...it was making huge boils on the surface and peeling line!