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The Weekend Bite--9/26

September 26, 2008


Northeast

Anglers looking to escape the mass confusion of metropolitan New York don’t have to run far this week. With cooler temperatures and shorter days, the rivers and streams of the Catskill Mountains are primed for great fishing. Tom Gentalen at River Basin Outdoors (www.riverbasinsports.com) in Catskill, New York reporting that smallmouth and largemouth bass are gearing up for their fall migration down the Hudson. Tom suggests looking for the largemouth at the confluence of feeder creeks where the fish will fall for a rubber worm, spinnerbaits or crankbaits. “Best colors in the fall are fire tiger or Tennessee shad,” Tom said. Fall is the best time of year to target smallmouth bass on the river. “Smallmouth key in on two things,” Tom said, “swift current and gravel beds.” He said that the smallies are still responding to poppers, but Tom suggests a drop shot and 3-inch worm for guaranteed action. “Guys are catching smallmouth to 4 pounds and putting together five-fish stringers pushing 17 pounds,” he said. Trout fishing in the mountain streams has been slow. Tom says that low, clear water has made it tough to trick the trout. For die-hard trout anglers, the best place to find the best conditions is Schoharie Creek between Prattsville and Hunter. “There are 7 or 8 public access points along Route 23A,” he says, “and they all hold fish.” Although a few fly anglers are having luck tricking brown trout with terrestrials, Tom reminds non-purists that these waters are open to spinfishing and natural bait, too. 

Southeast

After spending 700 billion taxpayer dollars to bail out the nation’s overdrawn banks, lawmakers are probably ready to get out of Washington and get on the water this weekend. Luckily, George Washington spent far less money constructing the C&O Canal and later administrations invested even less money in turning the waterway into a 180 mile-long national park that hosts some of the country’s best smallmouth bass fishing. For the 411 on fishing this national monument, we called Grizzly at Urban Angler (www.urbanangler.com) in the heart of D.C. “There is tons of public access along the canal,” he said, “just pull on some felt-soled boots and wade.” He suggests throwing cicada, dragonfly or crayfish imitations with a 6 to 8 weight rod. “Bigger baits will catch bigger fish,” he reminds anglers. Grizzly adds that largemouth fishing on the lower Potomac has been red hot. “It’s not just for guys in sparkly bass boats,” he says. Grizzly has been fishing the grass beds with his fly rod and frog flies and finding quiet creeks where he sparks the bass with popping bugs or Clouser deep minnows. “Fly guys are giving the Potomic River bass something they haven’t seen before,” he says.

South

Anglers looking to pop down to the Keys for a weekend getaway should head to Islamorada where they can spend Saturday offshore and Sunday fishing the backwaters before catching the red-eye flight back to work Monday morning. Bill Hartman at Bud and Mary’s (www.budnmarys.com) said that the day-time swordfish bite is off the hook right now. Crews fishing on the B&M have been dropping rigged squid 1500 to 2000 feet and scoring big swords on each trip. After they punch their sword ticket, the boats are loading up on dolphin. “Backcountry fishing has been red hot,” Bill adds. He says that skinny water guides are busy with snook, seatrout and bonefish fishing the muds in Everglades Park. Even tarpon are still biting on the night bite. Bill says that the best action is coming around the bridges with live crabs or pinfish dangling under foam floats. “It’s all on right now,” he said.

Midwest

For the latest on the fall crappie run, we called 40 Woods Bait and Tackle in Kansas City where Mark Hill assured us that the local lakes are chocked full of hungry slabs. Anglers are finding the fish suspended in 10 to 12 feet of water over brushpiles. He suggests using a garlic-impregnated Slab Buster jig in chartreuse or orange or a live minnows on a No. 6 hook under a bobber. Mark points anglers to the public access points on Lake Jacomo and Long View where boaters can launch their rigs and shore fishermen can fish the marina piers. He adds that Lake Jacomo is also holding some nice-sized catfish for anglers fishing the shallows at night with night crawlers.   

West

California bass fishing really turns on in the fall and the lakes around Monterey are already ahead of the curve. Denise Bradford at Coyote Bait and Tackle (www.coyotebait.com) between San Francisco and Santa Cruz reported that Anderson Reservoir is putting up good quantities of bass. “The fish are small, but there are plenty of them,” she said, adding that lucky anglers might encounter a 4- or 5-pound fish. The best method for bailing these bass is bouncing a drop shot and Senko along the points and channels in the Reservoir. “You can get your limit any day,” she said. Crappie fishing has picked up in the last few weeks, Denise says the fish are hanging over submerged trees in the north and south ends of the lake. For folks looking for a change of pace, Denise suggests targeting striped bass on San Luis Reservoir out of O’Neill Forebay. She says that the best action is early in then morning when the fish are feeding on the surface and taking popping plugs. “Most of the fish are 3 to 5 pounds, but we’ll get a lunker every once-in-a-while,” she says. Striper fishing is also improving on the San Francisco Delta where guides are catching fish on topwater plugs or by trolling broken-back lures or drifting big minnows and pile worms. Denise recommends fishing the areas around Rio Vista at Frank’s Bay or Discovery Bay.—Ric Burnley 

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  • September 19, 2008

    The Weekend Bite--9/19-0

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    Northeast

    The Northeast is just emerging from the summer doldrums with cooler temperatures and shorter days prompting fish and fishermen to get ready for fall. From Allegheny Bait and Tackle  in Pittsburg, Matt DeMiehele said that fishing on the Allegheny River has been slow but anglers are starting to catch more smallmouth bass with tube worms or live shiners. Dave suggests fishing the shiners on a No. 6 or 4 hook and a splitshot or simply hooking them to a 1/8-ounce jighead and dropping the bait to the bottom. He says that the hottest color for the tube jigs has been green pumpkinseed. While the hot weather lasts, Matt says that the best smallmouth action has been in the deeper water below any of the area dams. The same areas will host the season’s first walleye and sauger. Matt says that the fish will fall for a chartreuse jig and grub tipped with a fat head. As the water levels in the river rise, Matt says that the fish will move to the creek mouths where anglers will catch the biggest walleye with Husky jerks. “Fishing should really start to turn on in the next couple of weeks,” he says.

    Southeast
    All across the Southeast, cooler temps and higher water levels announced the start of fall and the beginning of the crappie run. Kenneth Pertillo at KC Bait and Tackle in Macon, Georgia reports that crappie fishing has really turned on under the Little Thomaston Bridge. Anglers who tie their boat off to the bridge and drop a shiner on a jig in 12 to 15 feet of water will catch limits of crappie. Most of the southern rivers and lakes will see an abundance of crappies in deep water and around structure. The key is to find the fish on the fishfinder, then anchor as close to the structure as possible. You’ll want to take plenty of bait, because once the bite starts, you will never forgive yourself if you run out. Kenneth suggests fishing early in the morning or just before dark for the best chance at catching a mess of crappies.

    South
    Following hurricanes Ike and Gustav, the FLW redfish tour is blowing through Venice, Louisiana this week. As the water calms and the weather clears, anglers are finding some great redfishing at the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Local redfish guru Captain Ryan Lambert at Cajun Fishing Adventures (www.cajunfishingadventures.com) brags that catching limits of reds has been easy. “We were finished fishing by 9 this morning,” he says. According to Ryan, the fattest reds will move toward the edge of the Gulf as the water rises. Ryan was amped that the spotted seatrout have started to move into their fall pattern. He is already finding the fish are swarming over the local oyster reefs in the back bays. He’ll start targeting reds and trout with fly gear this week. To fool the fish, Ryan suggests using an 8 wt fly rod and a crab or shrimp pattern. “When the water is warm, use a crab pattern, then switch to the shrimp when the water gets cooler.” Ryan tells us that teal season has opened and he’ll be hunting birds each morning and fishing for trout and reds in the afternoon. “You can’t beat that,” he says.

    Midwest
    On the other side of the country, the FLW Walleye Tour is holding its championship in Bismarck, North Dakota this week. We called Wade Anderson at Dakota Tackle to get the latest report on the walleye action. He told us that the best fishing has been at Beaver Bay on the Missouri River, 50 miles south of Bismarck. The FLW crew has descended on the area where they are drifting down the river while bouncing jigs and Canadian spinners. Wade says that most anglers will be using worms, but the walleye have recently started to key in on minnows. He says that the fish will be hiding behind sandbars, holes, and levees. To catch the biggest walleye, Wade suggests throwing crank baits to cover the most water and locate the schools of fish, then anchoring up and jigging with live baits. Walleye anglers don’t need a fancy boat or expensive equipment to catch enough fish for dinner. Wade says that there has been a good run of fish close to the shore at Kimbell Bottoms south of Mary College. He suggests shore-based fishermen use a Carolina rig with a no-roll sinker and a floating jig tipped with a worm, minnow, or leech to get in on the walleye action. He expects anglers to experience world class walleye fishing into the late fall.

    West
    After reading Earnest Hemingway this week, I couldn’t help but wonder what’s biting on Papa’s old stomping grounds.  So we called Blake Schnebly at Lost River Outfitters (www.lostriveroutfitters.com) for the report from Ketchum, Idaho. Blake told us that the Big Wood, Big Lost, and Silver Creek have been producing good numbers of fat trout. He said that he has been fishing red quills on the Big Wood in size 10 or 12 and catching healthy rainbows. On Silver Creek, rainbows and browns are responding to fall baetis in sizes 16 to 24.  “The fish are biting best anytime there is cloud cover or late in the  afternoon and early in the morning,” he said. On the Big Lost River, Blake is throwing stoneflies, crane flies, and tricos. To fish Silver Creek, Blake suggests parking at the Nature Conservancy Preserve and walking to any of the access points. He said that he Big Wood can be reached between Ketchum and Hailey while the Big Lost is best fished from the town of Mackay.  Blake pointed out that this is a great time to fish, “There aren’t as many fishermen,” he said, “but there are just as many fish.” We’re sure Papa would be right there with them.—Ric Burnley

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  • September 15, 2008

    Frank Mundus Dead at 82-2

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    Legendary Montauk shark hunter Frank Mundus has died at the age of 82. Frequently controversial, always opinionated, Mundus was said to be the inspiration for Captain Quint in the movie "Jaws." Beginning in the early-60s, Mundus was dubbed "The Monster Man" for his reputation as a big shark hunter. In 1964, Mundus harpooned a 4,500-pound great white and later caught a 3,427-pound great white with rod and reel.

    Mundus retired to Hawaii in 1991, but returned to Montauk the past several summers to run fishing charters.

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  • September 12, 2008

    The Weekend Bite--9/13-0

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    Northeast

    Southport, Connecticut—The striper run exploded off the blocks across New England this week and anglers are encountering fish from the beach and from boats. We caught up with Jim Koutas from Westport Marine (westportbaitandtackle.com) as he was preparing for a night of striper fishing on Sasco Hill Beach in Southport, Connecticut. Jim said that he would start the night fishing with chunks of bunker or mackerel on a double-hook bottom-rig, but will eventually switch over to throwing plugs and soft plastics before the night was over. Although Rat-L-Traps and Atom Bombers are always popular plugs, Jim has been having his best success with the new Lordship Lures. “They’re deadly on stripers,” he says. Jim also recommends using Slug-Go soft plastics to fool these fish. When the tide is high, Jim will throw 9- to 12-ounce Slug-Gos on weightless hooks over the submerged grass. When the water is down, he wades out past the grass and switches to a 6-inch Slug-Go on a bullet jig and bounces it across the bottom. Compo Beach and the Calf Pasture have also been productive for surf anglers while boaters are finding fish at Norwalk and in the middle of Long Island Sound by dropping chunks of cut bait or whole sandworms or by trolling tube worms. 

    Southeast

    Hickory Lake, Tennessee—Hot weather has cooled the fishing in the Southeast. Mark Hewgley at Bait Shop outside Nashville, Tennessee told us that anglers who brave the heat are catching large numbers of small bass. The best action has been on Hickory Lake, but folks are finding the same scenario playing out in all the bigger water bodies across the region. Mark says anglers will get plenty of action by working crankbaits and rubber worms across the points and bars. “You can swim a 4-inch worm and catch fish all day,” he said. Big striped bass and catfish are holding below the Old Hickory Dam. Jim suggests anglers throw Storm Wildeye Shad or Husky Jerks for the striper while the catfish are suckers for a chunk of shad or piece of shrimp on a Carolina rig and a 1/0 hook. 

    South
    Clark Hill Lake, Georgia—The Women’s BASS Tour descended on Clark Hill Lake, Georgia this week only to find tough fishing conditions and finicky fish. Barton Hall at Ridge Road Bait and Tackle reported that the water in the lake is 15 feet below normal and several area launch ramps have been closed.  The water conditions have scattered the fish and made them difficult to entice. Barton suggests stimulating the fish with any lure that simulates a blueback herring, such as a Zoom or Fluke. He says that the best places to fish would be humps and points and low structure in 4 to 6 feet of water. “Everyone has been real secretive,” he says, “but we’ve heard some stray conversation.” Barton said that anglers will find better action on striped bass and catfish in the deeper channels. The stripers are being caught on live blueback herring in 50 to 60 feet of water while the cats are prowling the deep coves and channels ready to pounce on fresh cut herring or chicken liver. “We’ve seen a bunch of 30 to 40 pound catfish this week,” he said.

    Midwest
    St. Louis, Missouri—The lakes around St. Louis, Missouri are the hotspots for largemouth bass this week. John Woelfel at Bulls Eye Bait and Tackle (bullseyebaitandtackle.com) suggests that anglers head to Mark Twain Lake where the bucketmouths have been abundant and cooperative. He said that folks are catching good numbers of largemouths with spinnerbaits, crankbaits and chug bugs. To find the fish, John suggests targeting flats that are near deeper water. Another good destination for largemouths is Lake of the Ozarks. “I heard there was a good topwater bite going down,” John adds. He recommends starting at the back of the coves and working half way out throwing the popper around docks. He had also heard that shakey head worms were also working in the same areas.   

    West
    Boise, Idaho—Idaho anglers fishing out of Boise have a tough choice this weekend: do they head to the Boise River and catch rainbow trout or drive down to the Owyhee and fish for monster browns. We caught up with Matt Brower from Idaho Angler (idahoangler.com) to help us make a decision. He said that the tailwaters of the southfork of the Boise River have been flowing high at 1000 cfs so anglers will need a driftboat or raft to fish the river effectively. “It’s tough to wade anything over 600 cfs,” he said. Anglers who can forge the river will find big rainbow trout with hig hoppers and Chernobyl flies. He said that anglers are reporting a good “flav” hatch prompting them to throw green drakes and bluewing olives in size 14 to 12. “Bluewings in that size are hard to find commercially,” he said, “but we tie them at the shop.” In the middle of the day, anglers are catching fish on pink cahills in size 16 or 18. Later in the afternoon, the fish are feeding on big caddis flies so Matt suggests using an elk hair caddis in size 14 or 12. For anglers who don’t have access to a driftboat or raft, Matt suggests heading to the Owyhee river, which is running at a reasonable 230 cfs. He says that the river is fishing extremely well for big brown trout. “You’ll need waders because the water is still between 45 and 50 degrees,” he said. Good news is that the PMDs are going off. Matt adds that the bugs are hatching between 2 and 5 in the afternoon.  “After that,” he says, “you’ll catch the spinner fall and the caddis hatch runs throughout.”  Both rivers are open to the public with plenty of easy access. So, whether an angler chooses to fish the Boise or the Owyhee, he can’t go wrong.—Ric Burnley 

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  • September 10, 2008

    Merlin's Drum-2

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    I have identical twin boys, and while they are more similar than not—in
    appearance, in personality and in their growing roster of likes and
    dislikes—fishing has always been a window into contrasts between them.

    Even as infants, when I toted each twin in turn in a backpack carrier
    as I cast flies to trout and spinners to pike and bass, I always seemed
    to catch more fish with Merlin for company.

    His brother Ellis may be more talented athletically, but Merlin is just fishier.

    As those of you with young kids know, teaching a child to fish can test
    your patience, enthusiasm and skills, and it’s doubly challenging with
    twins. But they’re now reaching the age when they can handle most
    chores—baiting their own hooks, casting their line, playing the
    fish—without too much assistance. Still, they’ve never really caught a
    large fish on their own. Until last weekend.

    The boys and I spent a sunny afternoon on the Milk River near our home
    in eastern Montana, drowning worms for anything that would bite. As
    usual, Ellis and I had little luck, but Merlin caught a couple of
    goldeye, then a colorful native sucker called a shorthead redhorse. He
    re-baited and threw his worm into a productive hole. Pretty quick he
    got a bite, then yelled for help. I didn’t know what he had on, but it
    was taking plenty of line and headed for a submerged tree, leaving
    large swirls where its tail neared the surface. I figured a big carp or
    maybe a channel cat.

    I adjusted his drag and counseled him to keep his rod tip up, and
    Merlin masterfully regained line, letting the fish run when it wanted
    but continually working it toward shore. Merlin, whose mind can
    sometimes wander like a prairie stream, was single-mindedly focused as
    he fought the big fish.

    Then I remembered that we had no net. How would we land the fish? It
    wasn’t pretty. It involved Dad getting wet, a pair of old pliers and a
    mighty heave up the bank, but we finally did it, and one of the biggest
    freshwater drum I’ve ever seen flopped at Merlin’s feet.

    Drum are considered trash fish by a lot of anglers, but they’re
    remarkable native species, omnivorous, abundant and scrappy fighters.
    They have white, flaky meat similar to that of a bass. But the coolest
    thing about drum, sometimes called sheepshead, is their ear bones, or
    otoliths. They’re much larger than the otoliths of other species, and
    probably help drum detect food and danger in turbid water.

    I was telling Merlin all about these features of drum as he gazed down at his trophy, which we estimated at about 10 pounds.

    “What do you want to do with it?” I asked him. “Wanna throw it back?”

    “No!” was his immediate answer. “Can’t we eat it?”

    Sure, I replied, and then remembered a story a friend told me recently.
    His father is a taxidermist, and mounts the first big fish that any kid
    in the family catches. It gave me an idea.

    “Hey, you want to put that fish on your wall?” I asked Merlin, and I told him I’d have it mounted for him.

    “I dunno. I kinda want to eat it,” he said. “And I’d kinda want to see those ear bones.”

    So when we got home we filleted the meat and dug out the otoliths,
    hunks of ivory the size of your thumb. I offered to have a necklace or
    a cool bracelet made of them but Merlin has stashed them in his
    treasure box, along with other favorite finds, cool rocks and
    arrowheads.

    I hope he always has them, mementos of a late-summer day on the Milk with his brother and dad, his first big fish and a trophy he earned all by himself.—Andrew McKean

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  • September 5, 2008

    Weekend Bite--9/5-0

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    Northeast

    Lake Oneida outside Syracuse, New York has been the hot spot for largemouth bass over the last few weeks. James Daher at Mickey’s Bait and Tackle (fishingcny.com) told us, “The BASS guys were just here and they had a great time and the FLW tournament is on its way.” Tom suggests that tournament competitors use topwater lures on the shallow weed beds and tube jigs on the drop-offs and weed-holes. “Bass fishing is phenomenal,” he said. In addition to largemouth, James told us that Oneida is overpopulated with smallmouth. The fish are falling for spinnerbaits fished around any structure. “They’re big smallmouth,” James said, “I call them warriors.” Outside the bass hoopla, perch fishing is the big star on the lake. The fish are starting to school up along the deeper sections of Lake Oneida around Frenchman’s and Dunham Island. James suggests anchoring in 11 to 18 feet of water and using a fathead minnow on a bottom rig to load the box with fat perch. James said that walleye fishing has been good for guys drifting with worm harnesses and Dixie spinners. He suggests focusing on the deeper parts of the lake from 18 to 30 feet of water especially in the channel between buoys 125 to 183. For anglers who can tear their attention away from the lake, James said that the trout streams in southern Onondaga County are on fire. He said that browns and rainbows are responding to small worms on a size 8 hook a few inches below a small split shot. “Fly fishing is all ways lucrative,” he says, “insects are abundant in Onondaga county.”

    Southeast

    Chattahoochee River, Georgia—“We got muddy rivers,” reports Paul Puckett at The Fishhawk (thefishhawk.com) in Atlanta, Georgia. The remnants of hurricane Fay had inundated the area with rain, but once the water clears, Paul expects the upper Chattahoochee to produce good numbers of fat trout for guys throwing small midge dries and lightning bug nymphs. Paul suggests fishing above Morgan Falls Lake. “Thirty minutes outside of town and you’re catching trout,” Paul instructs anglers to park at Abbott’s Bridge, Jones Bridge, or Settles Bridge and walk the river. “A 5 wt rod with floating line should get the job done,” he said. Although the fish will feed through the day, he says that the best bite is from 9 AM to noon and again from 4 PM until dark. He expects the mountain streams to pick up steam in the next month. He suggests fishing from Ellijay to Smokey Mountain Park in the Toccoa River. “The same strategies will work,” he says, “but I would throw more streamers to catch bigger browns and rainbows.” 

    South

    Dallas, Texas—From Fish’n World (fishnworld.com) in Dallas, Texas, Royce Martin reported that sand bass and hybrid bass are schooled up and feeding in Ray Roberts Lake, Lake Tawakoni, and Lake Texoma. “Drive the boat around the lake looking for birds or just head for the other boats that are congregated over the fish,” he said. Once on the scene he suggests using T&T Slabs and Humdingers. “Just throw it out and let the lure fall through the school,” he says. While the striped bass bite is hot, Royce says that largemouth bass fishing has cooled off with the hot weather. He says to look for the fish in deep water with Carolina rigs and rubber worms or a deep diving crank bait like a Norman DD 22. “Fish the road beds and humps in 20 to 30 feet of water,” he said. He suggests cruising around the structure while watching the fish finder for signs of bass.  Early in the morning and late in the afternoon, Royce says that the bass can be pulled out of the hydrilla with topwater plugs..

    Midwest

    Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota—From Joe’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rob Buche told us that fishing has been pretty slow. He said that the best bet for local anglers is fishing for smallmouths in Mille Lacs Lake. Rob suggests using a slip bobber and leach around rock piles for the smallies. Even walleye and muskie fishing has slowed down, he said. As can be expected, fishing for northern pike remains good with crankbaits and spinnerbaits. “You throw out almost anywhere and you’ll catch northerns,” he says. Rob expects muskie fishing to pick up in September. “All the fish will be putting on the feedbag,” he says. Rob says that Mill-Lacs is one of the best lakes in the nation for muskies. He tells anglers to troll the north end of the lake with large crankbaits or to throw Cow Girls or double spinner blade topwater plugs to the weeds and lake edges. He also suggests anglers look to Lake Minnetonka for muskie; one of his customers brought in a photo of a 56 incher that he pulled out of the lake the other night. “Walleye fishing should also pick up in the next month,” he says, recommending anglers fish the Rainy River. “That’s a great place to catch 10 to 12 pound walleye,” he says. The best method for walleye is to vertically jig a shiner, fat head, or rainbow minnow on a ½-ounce to ¼-ounce jighead. “The biggest fish will be closer to the Lake of the Wood’s side of the river,” Joe hinted.

    West

    Denver, Colorado—Something smells fishy in Denver this week and it isn’t just the politicians and journalists at the Democratic National Convention. The smell was coming from all the trout fishermen heading back from Clear Creek. Lori Nicholson at Anglers All (anglersall.com) suggests that Dems looking to escape the mayhem should head to Clear Creek only a few minutes outside of town. “There’s lots of parking along Highway 6 between Golden Colorado to Georgetown,” she said, “and plenty of trout.” Lori suggests fishing a hopper dropper with a yellow stimulator and a red copper John or a small dry fly. “You might still see a few cadis in the evening,” she says, prompting anglers to tie on a royal Wulf in size 16. While Lori points the pundits and pols to the easy-to-fish sections of Clear Creek, she suggests die-hard anglers head to the Roaring Fork River above Glenwood Springs. “There is limited public access,” she says, “but that’s what makes the river awesome.” Before heading out, stop by the shop to learn the best parts of the river to fish. Lori says that the river is full of heavy shouldered good fighting rainbows. The fish will take nymphs or hoppers worked close to the edges of the river. She said that the Colorado River close to Parshall has also been hot. Again, a grass hopper and a bead head barr’s emerger, are the ticket for these fish. On a cloudy day, Lori recommends a blue winged olive in size 18. “There is tons of public access,” she says, “so you won’t be the only person there.” The Arkansas River has been running high and producing good numbers of nice-sized trout. “You can fish hoppers, beetles, terrestrials,” Loris says, “try a PMXs in size 16 or a yellow Joe’s hoppers along the banks.”  She says that anglers can fish any of the public access areas but her favorite public area is called Hayden Meadows.

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  • September 2, 2008

    "In Harm's Way"--Hurricane Gustav Blog--Tues. 1 p.m.-0

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    All in all, I have to say that this has been a lot better than it could have been. Feel badly for my brother, however, who is looking at 3 days of chainsawing just to get out and I can't get there to help or I would have been already.

    Some bad news: I just got a report that the levee broke at Point Celeste causing water to pour into Port Sulphur. Not good as this will certainly delay us getting back to Venice, but more seriously flooding Port Sulphur. I've heard that both Venice and Cypress Cover marinas are fine--so that's good news.

    Took the kids catfishing today so that they would have some fun.—Devlin Roussell

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  • September 2, 2008

    "In Harm's Way"--Hurricane Gustav Blog--Tues. 6 a.m.-0

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    My wife and kids and I are in great shape up here in Mississippi. The hospitality has been great. My brother and his family stayed in Baton Rouge and he is taking a beating. The storm passed right over them. They had some pretty good damage but no trees went through their house.

    I spoke to a friend who that reported that Lower Plaquemines fared well. Middle Plaquemines has reported flooding from the back levee. Was going to give in Myrtle Grove. That is bad news but it could be a lot worse.

    All in all, I am so sad for all of our friends who were so effected by this disaster. I feel bad about feeling relieved about being spared. God bless all of those people that are going through this, I have been theren I know what you are going through. To all of our brothers in the fishing industry, please let us know how we can help. What is mine is yours.—Devlin Roussell

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  • September 1, 2008

    "In Harm's Way"--Hurricane Gustav Blog--Mon. 6:30 p.m.-0

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    "The private levees on the Eastbank of Plaquemines (Braithwaite, Canarevon Diversion , to White Ditch going north) are giving way as we speak. They are evacuating everyone over there quickly before it gives…

    "On a better note, one of the inshore guides has ridden with the PPSO Sheriff all the way south down Hwy 23 to Venice, La. and it looks much better than Katrina. Keep fingers crossed the private and back levees hold on our side of the river and we should be fine. 

    "Also I just received a phone call from a deputy that my neighborhood in Belle Chasse is high and dry as is the majority of the mid and northern Parish– just some big trees down.
    You can read updates at www.plaqueminesparish.com <http://www.plaqueminesparish.com/>

    "I don’t think our neighbors to the west in areas such as Lafitte/Cocodrie/Port Fourchon fared as well…"—Susan Gros

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  • September 1, 2008

    GOD Was On Our Side--Hurricane Gustav Blog--Mon. 4:30-1

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    "I heard a great quote today from Spud McConnel, a local radio host. "If you believe in God, it is time to pray. If you don't believe in God, it time to believe in God and pray." Well, maybe it's working.

    "It might be too early to say, but it seems as if Venice and New Orleans have dodged the bad stuff--not that we wish the bad stuff on anyone else.

    "Right now, we're with friends in Mississippi and, heck, we just cleaned 45 doves and the kids are in the pool. We're trying to plan out an adventure for the rest of the day. Life is not so bad right now as compared to what it could have been."

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