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Willard DWR Info 8-15-17

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Willard DWR Info 8-15-17
I sent a picture of the small fish reported by FatBiker in his report...to Chris Penne of DWR. I guessed it was a logperch. He confirmed that and provided some other info that may be of interest to fellow Willardites. So I started a separate thread rather than poach on Larry's report post.

Great to hear from you. You're correct - that's a logperch for sure. I was actually just out seining Willard Bay today to check up on the shad numbers and saw quite a few logperch during the survey. They certainly aren't a fish anglers often see or catch, but we definitely see quite a few of them in our shad surveys each year. No new official reports on Willard just yet, but here are a few notes and observations for the year:

  • The shad had a very good spawn this year, so there is plenty of forage out there right now for the wipers, walleye, crappie and catfish. This is good for the fish, but obviously not so good for the anglers as catch rates tend to go down when the fish have such an easy time finding food.
  • When comparing the survey from today to the one I conducted in July, shad numbers are starting to come down, so the predators are starting to thin the shad out a bit and that is a good thing. Couple this with the higher water levels and we might see some quality boils this year. Let's keep our fingers crossed that we some great boil action.
  • I have seem some small boils taking place here and there around the reservoir. Seems like I've seen one or two each time I've been out doing surveys this year. I did run into some anglers at the N. Marina today that caught some fish out of those boils this morning.
  • As of today, many of the shad are getting close to about 4" long, so the larger shad imitating lures are probably a good choice for those that want to troll cranks.
  • We stocked 250,000 wiper fry in May and just stocked 75,000 fingerlings late last week.

Take care,

Chris

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Re: [TubeDude] Willard DWR Info 8-15-17 In reply to
Hey Pat, thanks for passing that on. Good info and nice to see some good numbers planted this year. Hope they grow well. Tell Chris thanks from all of us. Later J
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] Willard DWR Info 8-15-17 In reply to
I properly expressed my/our appreciation. Chris has always been great with passing along the results of their testing and surveys. It is a big help.

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Re: [TubeDude] Willard DWR Info 8-15-17 In reply to
Thanks Pat.
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Re: [TubeDude] Willard DWR Info 8-15-17 In reply to
Pat, went back out and fished from 1 to 4 this afternoon. Moved about a mile up the dike. It was pretty good, but nothing like Tuesday. 10 kitties and a couple SMBs. Wouldn't you know it, packed my fish basket and not a crappie the be found.



Larry

...one flew east, one flew west,
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest...
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Re: [FatBiker] Willard DWR Info 8-15-17 In reply to
Man, that's just crappie.

Murphy's law should be Larry's law.

Just shows to go ya...or whatever. Take advantage of the good times cause it is tough to duplicate them the next time...usually.

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Re: [TubeDude] Willard DWR Info 8-15-17 In reply to
Tks Tubedude for posting on DWR info on Willard....I fished it from shore about 25 years ago, as I'd heard you might catch a walleye there....with about 5 other fishermen cheering me on, I slowly was able to reel in my prize.....the biggest carp I've ever caught!.....so we all had a good laugh, and I gave up on Willard for 24 years, 'til last year when PacFan and WiperHunter were good enough to show me some of the water out there.....So I have a renewed interest and real appreciation for Willard, and have enjoyed some good outings since then, and appreciate your, and all others reports on this water.....Guluk.....