FARM 13 / STICK MARSH FISHING REPORT
Feb. 23, 2001
Water is now 27 inches low! That is bad. It is now MANDATORY that you idle to the rim canal. Put someone sitting down on the front deck to hold the stern up as much as you can, trim high and go slow. If you start up on what feels like buck brush or moveable limbs, you can go on over them. If it feels solid, like a stump, STOP. Back off with the motor carefully. You can crush a hull with too much pressure in the right place. The Farm levees are Ok, so far -EXCEPT at the intersections of the canals. Where the canals cross, the corners are higher than the extended levees. And, they are hard, like stone. You can do some major damage on them. Trolling motor the final 20 yards to an intersection, or run out around them. Also, in the Farm, the canals have more logs in them that the Farm's open water. The Farm was a radish farm; no trees or fences. Just watch for the occasional floater. But, don't run in the canals, themselves. They are NOT boat runs. Floaters get lodged in them and sit and wait for lower units. This is especially true of the east canal along that east rock wall. Run the Farm's open water. Most of all, be careful!!
Found them puppies finally!!! Water is too low to get back in the south end stumps on the Farm. Possibly
fish there. BUT, GOOD bass (and the first spawning crappie I have run across) are in the open areas
just outside the stump filed. Those open water areas have a lot of grass down under. The area I
Located had medium thick grass, but it was 2-10 inches under the surface, even with this low water
condition. That spells spinnerbait worked high and that did well. But, by far, the best thing was a soft
plastic jerk bait. For an hour yesterday, I caught a bass between 2 and 5 lbs on at least every other
cast. It was awesome, especially after all the poor artificial bassing we had had since the cold. I did not
try the ultra-shallow plugs, like the Mann Minus 1, but we have been catching some against the west
shore of the Farm using it, so I would think it would work. I probably just hit a group of fish right, but
it is a very predictable pattern for the Farm that I am sure will work fine when you find the right
location. Look for that grass under water. The big crappie were in the same place as the bass, as
usual, and finally starting to spawn some. Their spawn is 2 weeks behind right now. But, the females
were full up on roe and very aggressive on the jigs, so that says they are protecting the spawning area.
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