White bass update, Bluegrass Is. and Buttonwood good conditions: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: May 20, 2003

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Posted by Homerun Charters on May 20, 2003 at 17:14:39:

with the receding water levels and water clearing - the white bass fishing has been good, getting better everyday. We had fishermen out today and things were very hot in a few of our favorite holes on Bluegrass Island and also on the other side of the river in the Buttonwood area.

We fished about 4 hours toward the end of the day. The white bass averaged a solid 9 inches with both the males and females in full spawn. Our biggest was around 13" - this trip was catch and release. We moved to a few of our different lures but found 1/16 oz white or chartreuce leadhead jigs with 2" twister tails to be the most effective. Also try crankbaits (ultralight size), beetle spins (1/8 or 1/16 oz.), mepps spinners (size 1 or 2).

We had lots of fun and these fish really put up a heck of a fight with 6 lb. test. As the water clears, 4 lb. is not out of the question if you really want to go ultralite. The white bass know how to jump, leverage against the current and head shake. Ultralite is the way to go for the most fun. Also had some inquiries about fly fishing - these white bass slam streamers - really some of my favorite type of fishing. Our group doesn't use fly gear but I have seen success in years of fishing the Maumee river.

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