This outing was originally scheduled for the 14th. However, many club members were unavailable that day, so it was decided we could fish either the 14th or the 21st. Ten members fished the outing—five each day.
On the 14th water was very high due to flooding conditions from recent storms and there was a no wake rule in effect for the lake. Weather conditions were perfect, but the fish were hard to come by. Three fisherman didn’t catch anything. Jason Cashmore caught a 12.5” largemouth bass on a live sucker, but that isn’t big enough for points. Dave Busscher figured them out, though, and caught 9 largemouth for 30 points! He caught them all in 13-15 fow with a brown nail worm fished VERY slowly on bottom. His biggest was a 10-point, 19-incher.
The fish were picky again on the 21st, with only two members catching fish for points. Al Silcroft picked up 5 points catching a 30” northern pike on a crankbait. In another boat, Jeff Sannes was fishing with live suckers and earned 25 points with a 13.5” largemouth, a 22” walleye, and a 19.5” largemouth. The big fish species for this outing was black bass, so Jeff’s 19.5-incher barely beat out Dave’s 19-incher to win the pot.
Dave’s outstanding performance puts him at the top of the fisherman of the year contest with 238 points, bumping Jason into second place with 213 points. All three fisherman that caught fish added to their Multi-species Master totals. Dave is now in third place with 101”, Al moved into second with 105”, and Jeff is still in first with 108.5”. Congratulations and good job to all three of them!