After not doing particularly well with kayaking/catching fish on Blue Heron on Wednesday, my buddy Jay and I went below Red Rock on Thursday (7/25/2013).
We started on the west side of the dam, and caught a few white bass, wipers, and drum.
Then I saw busts on the east side, so we drove all the way around to the other side of the river. The fish were still busting shad on the surface when we got there. After a successful cast or two with spinning gear, I decided it was time to try out the 7wt combo I just bought from my friend Chad (http://iowaflyfisher.webs.com/).
I used a Clouser Deep Minnow, and hammered fish for about 1.5 hours. Nice white bass (up to 16"), Wipers (the action was so fast, I only bothered to measure one, and it might not have been the biggest one..but it was 18.5"), and even a Drum or two.
Here's a few pics ( I wish I'd taken more...but I was having too much fun!):
|This was one of the smallest Wipers of the day. Why didn't I take more pictures of the BIGGER ones?|
I finally switched back to spinning gear because I was getting worn out casting/catching so many fish, and some folks with a much different idea of personal space and fishing etiquette decided to stand just a rod length away from me and cast wherever I would cast. I kept catching fish for another hour or so, then the action finally died.
I saw quite a few gar, but thYe would disappear quickly, so I never really got serious about trying to catch one...even though I really WANTED to catch one. But I was having too much fun with the Wipers!