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I imagine Neal/CO is at this moment busy cleaning fish ;D ;D, so I'll start a report for our trip that he can add to later after that fishy smell is all gone...

Headed over to Jackson this afternoon, started about 1PM, water temp 68 degrees, clear and calm. We trolled along the southwest side of the lake in about 5-7 FOW at a pretty fast clip (2.8 mph). Shallow shad raps were the ticket for us, in either clown or firetiger. We caught a total of 12 wipers, 4 rainbows and 1 walleye. The wipers fought hard and it was a kick!

Later in the afternoon, things slowed down a bit and the wind picked up.

Here are a couple of photos of typical wipers caught today:



 

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I just went back through and read Fish Fondler's 6/5 report which I hadn't seen before we went today. There are quite a few similarities from our experience. Hottest time for us was also between 1-3PM and the fish were near the inlet. I'm betting you could troll a variety of different stuff in there and catch fish...
 

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BTW, anybody have any idea why there were so many dead carp floating around?!?!
 

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work2fish said:
BTW, anybody have any idea why there were so many dead carp floating around?!?!
Half a month ago, I was wondering why there were so many damn carp period!! And now they're dead? Another unsolved mystery, I guess.

Where's our water-biology-competent members??? Epic?? ICE? Anyone?
 

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I had the same question when I was at lake henry and there were close to 100 dead carp on the bank's edge. The local fisherman said it was from all the fisherman throwing them on the bank or smashing their head and tossing them back in the lake. I was like all of them? Cause it looked like a winter kill, there was so many but they were all carp and the lake had been out of Ice since march.
Pretty sad I can understand not wanting to eat a trash fish or being upset there are so many in the lake, but your still catching fish when you catch them, and carp usually put up a good fight.
 

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Good job guys! I am heading up there this morning. The wipers you caught look like clones of the ones we had the other day. Seems like you caught them a little shallower than we did. The inlet seems to be the hot spot at Jackson right now. Will report back later.
 

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That was a blast! I had never been to Jackson before. It kind of reminds me of Bonny!

I was really impressed with the size and condition of the fish, especailly the trout! Everything seems well fed in that lake! The rainbows were really strong fish and spent half the time in the air ;D
 

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Nice fish....Sounds like you had a great day on the water......I keep hoping the the planets remain in their current alignment and the fish gods will shine their ever loving light on me when we go there.

Dan
 

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Get some #7 Shallow Shad Raps in Clown or Firetiger! Actually I think Normark discontinued the clown color? I was going 80 feet back on my line counter.

We also caught some nice Bows out in the middle trolling #7 Shad Raps and a Hot & Tot.
 
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Fished Jackson for the first time on Monday. Decided to skip work when we woke up and wanted to go somewhere new. Reallly nice lake, could not believe how shallow the whole lake was. Fished from 9:00 till 3:00 and landed 5 trout with several others throwing the hook while in the air. We wanted to catch wiper because we have never fished for them before but we did not know what we were doing....hopefully next time after I have read some of these great posts I can catch one. We landed all the trout trolling along the dike in ten feet of water with rattle traps and floating rapalas... color did not seem to matter as we caught each one on a different lure. Two of the trout were dinks the others 15",17",18", really healthy hard fighting fish..tasty also!! :)

Since it was a Monday the lake only had a couple jets and skiers...Does the lake get crazy on the weekends like Chatfield and Boyd? ???
 

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I was surprised at how devoid of structure it is. I kept wondering where the walleye would hang out here? It is just a shallow bowl. Mike and i did graph some fish in 17 feet of water out in the basin. The bottom is pretty much mud so I bet crawler harness's on bouncers would be an effective way to search?
 

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Yellow Jackets said:
Since it was a Monday the lake only had a couple jets and skiers...Does the lake get crazy on the weekends like Chatfield and Boyd? ???
It can get busy, but not near as bad as Chatfield or Boyd. There is also a wakeless area on the west side that you can go to for refuge.
 

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The about the only structure in Jackson is an occasional slight hump in the bottom, maybe a foot or two high. In a bowl like Jackson thats where to target the walleye and along the dam.


Dan
 
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