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Fished Jackson today from 6 am to 10 am. We probably hooked over 20 wipers trolling in that time period. We caught eleven legal sized wipers, lost 4-5 nice fish right at the boat, and threw back another 5-6 undersized wipers. We also caught one nice 18" rainbow. We found the fish in one small area off the swim beach on the west side of the lake. They seemed to be concentrated there. We tried around the inlet and along the dam with no luck at all. We fished over 12-15 ft. of water and had the best luck on a small silver and blue rat-l-trap (a very consistent producer in that lake).
 

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The largest wiper was 17".  All of the legal wipers that I have been catching out there have been between 15-17" (nice fish with a good fight).  Do not seem to get any larger fish, but I know that they are in there.  May need to change tactics to get the bigger fish, but we have so much fun catching these size wipers that I have not bothered to try anything different.
 

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Jay,

Have not seen any busting bait out there. Unfotunately, my transducer broke on my fishfinder and have not gotten a new one yet. We basically trolled through this area and got a double on wipers, so we marked the spot using landmarks and continually trolled through that area. We got fish on every pass through the "zone".
 

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Lyn,

We got out there very early today, which I think may be the key at this point (also you escape the 90 plus temps out there and the t-storms). The last two times that I have been out there I have hooked-up somewhat late in the evening or early in the morning on wipers (I also fished a litte deeper this time: 12-14 ft. compared to 8-10 ft). The bite slowed down a bit at around 8:30 am, however, we did catch fish all morning. We only caught fish in a very small portion of the lake (off the swim beach) compared to other times that I have been out there. How did you like the number of carp floating around the inlet area? I think the key at this point is locating some wipers and concentrating on the one school or general area that they are biting in.

Take Care,

John
 

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Lyn,

I had heard the samething, and was wondering if it was worth going out there (me and my buddy discussed it last night in detail and decided to try it one more time). I have also heard rumors that the water quality declines due to algae blooms over the summer and that the fishing declines along with it. I am glad that I had another good day of fishing out there, because I am headed to Upstate NY until after the 4th of July (will be fishing the St. Lawrence River for some smallies and walleyes). Not sure what Jackson will be like after that, but I am willing to try it at least one more time based on today's results.

John
 
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