Hagg Lake Saturday March 16th

bass

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I fished Hagg on Saturday March 16th and it was beautiful morning.

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The bite was just outright insane. The fish were incredibly active and were rising and feeding on the midges coming off all day long. I ended up with 47 landed, mostly 10" fish with a 1/2 dozen or so in the 14" range.

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and one 18" pig that was so fat it looked deformed:

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I launched at ramp A and spent the day (8:30am-4pm) between there and the dam. In the morning the fish were bunched up more tightly and in huge schools. I would troll along and both rods would go off. I hooked up doubles more often than singles. I only landed 2 doubles though because it was difficult to keep pedaling while unhooking the first fish in order to get to the second rod. I did not mind.

I was trolling my usually 1/24 oz roostertails in pink/silver and green/gold with 1/2 nightcrawler 50' back with a 1/8oz dropper. Both colors were bit hard all day long. At some point in the afternoon I decided to pull in one spinner and put on a tiny crankbait (Strike King Bitsy Minnow) in Sexy Shad which looks like a bluegill fry. The first fish I caught on this was a 14" beauty. Next was the 18" pig. I only caught 6 fish on this but 4 of the 6 were good sized.

The little crankbait got banged about as often as the spinner by the smaller fish but the hookup rate with those was very low - which is what I wanted. When the better fish hit it they hit really hard and buried the rod. Really awesome.

The bite was great all day but the end of the day was the best - fried chicken from the Lake Stop store :)

It was interesting that by the afternoon the fish had spread out as compared to the morning. You could see them dimpling about as far as my eyes could see out to the middle of the lake. In the afternoon I had fewer doubles but it seemed like I could get bit where ever I went.

The water color was nice and the morning temp on my unit read 41 and by the afternoon read 47.

That was my first day trolling with my new Outback (usually used my NuCanoe with an electric in the past) and I really like felt like it was a great platform. I will say that my legs were a bit tired after 7 1/2 hours of pedaling but its a small price to pay for a day like that.
 

troutdude

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Yet another stellar day; and a great write up. Made me feel like I was along for the ride.

BTW that 18" appears to be a newly stocked fish (not a holdover). And you're right it looks deformed. Crazy man.
 

bass

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C_run, there were plenty of boats on Hagg but the water was not super crowded. When I got to Hagg there were only a couple of boat trailers at ramp A. I was dreadfully slow getting launched and by the time I got on the water at 8:30 there were probably a dozen or more. There may have been 30-50 boats out (I am really guessing). The area I fished probably had half a dozen boats trolling in the general area at any given time. But that is not many boats for 3/4 mile stretch.

Also, if any area gets crowded there is always tons of empty water.

Hey TD, I have no idea if it was a new stocker or a holdover. It was pretty silvery which I figured would make it more likely to have wintered over. The smaller fish had stronger pink lines which I always have taken to mean more recent stockers. That was always my guess but there is certainly no science and not a lot of thought behind it. Also, I know bass can change their pigmentation in about a day or two so perhaps my whole color theory is worth even less than you paid for it :)
 

troutdude

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A telltale sign of a hold-over is different colored bands, across the caudal fin (from top to bottom). At least that's what Sherry, at the Lake Stop Grocery store, showed me several years ago. Each band equals one year of growth. Just like the rings of a tree.

If anyone knows that to be incorrect--or knows of other ways to spot a holdover--please chime in.
 

bass

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I will say that it does sound a little unbelievable but it definitely could be true.
 

troutdude

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Thanks @rogerdodger. It was worth a try. Maybe someone else can help.

@bass Sherry had just weighed an 11.32 pound 29" 'bow, at her store. Then she held it up to bright light, and pointed at it's caudal fin. All across the end of the fin, was a darker colored band versus a lighter colored band just ahead of it. Or it may have been the other way around. With that one change in band coloration--she said it meant that it was a one year holdover.

Again...I do not know if that is really correct. It's just what she told us. But I've never confirmed that with a Fisheries Biologist or anything like that.
 

bass

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Roger, the new outback is amazing. It is hard to pedal slow enough to troll at 1.3mph. So fast compared to my older outback. All the storage as well. Turns so much more sharply. Crazy big improvement.

Your videos were a huge motivation for getting it! Thanks for taking the time to make them. U can also attest that the stability was awesome in catching a 6.5' sturgeon last month. The reverse really helped me to whip that fish.
 

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