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Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I am thankful I can still catch fish at Willard. Also thankful my wife told me to get out of the house while she works on tomorrow's festivities.

Arrived at the north marina to a pair of 45s. No, nothing to do with cups or guns. Air temp was 45 and so was the water. Not often that happens.

Totally glass...and stayed that way all morning except for a couple of mild ripples. Made it easier to fish my "finesse" style. Also saved a lot on these old legs since I didn't have to keep kicking against the wind.

Outside the harbor just after 7:30. First bite...on a fire tiger flig and minnow...right at 7:45. Nice perch, only it had whiskers. I was after the other kind. The second customer came right at 8 am. It was a real perch...a real porky perch...another 13 inch phatty. I was beginning to think my perch search was going to turn into a barnburner day. NOT. That first one was the only one...in spite of dragging several different kinds of bait and throwing a variety of jigs.

I was joined on the water by Ahi93 about 8:30. There were a couple of early boats and a couple more that went out later. But no semblance of a power squadron. Still only a few trailers in the parking lot when I left about noon.

Since the surface of the lake was glass, it was easy to see any surface activity. There were a few shad popping up here and there...but no boils. And the terns and gulls dropped to the water only once in a while. Also, the shad were not showing up nearly as thick as a couple of weeks ago...and they were hanging closer to the bottom in deeper water.

After my first 1-2 punch, it was a while before I got any more tugs. Picked up a couple more catfish sometime after 10 and then nothing more until I called it just before noon.

Not sure how Ahi did. He was still out on the flat glass water when I pulled out.

Usually takes me just under an hour from the north marina to my home. Today it took about 2 1/2 hours. Hwy 15 was closed at 31st St. in Ogden due to a big accident. All traffic was routed onto Ogden surface streets. What a mess. Between a buncha trucks and a whole lot of people screaming at their GPS systems there was not much movement.

Still...it was better than last week...when I had to get towed back to Salt Lake so I could buy a new fuel pump. Ouch. Thankful I didn't have to do that again.

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Re: [TubeDude] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Apparently some trucker dumped a whole load of cows over that nasty corner at the I-15 to I-84 exit, splattering them back onto I-15 below. Had to get fork lifts to remove the dead beeves.

I guess those big flashing yellow warning signs are invisible to truckers.



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Re: [RockyRaab] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Mighty inconsiderate of that trucker. Really messed up folks trying to get somewhere on I-15...and folks just trying to get around in Ogden. Can you say "gridlock" everywhere? Probably not appreciated by the bovines either.

Somebody missed a good opportunity to set up a fresh meat stand. But then, nobody could get to it anyway. Oh well. Turkey for Thanksgiving instead of beef.

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Re: [TubeDude] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
I had to make a run to Riverdale. I prefer to come in via that I-84 section and avoid the downtown traffic. Today, I cam to a stop just 10 feet from the 31st exit, sat for three minutes and noted that nothing was moving as far as I could see ahead. Scooted into the cars taking the exit. Had I been four or five cars farther ahead, I'd have been skeeroooed.



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Re: [TubeDude] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
only had the one catfish . Just kept pounding that same area at the mouth of the marina then tried inside couldn't find any perch at all. Still it was a beautiful day to be out. I quit at about 1:30. Thanks for the fligs

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Re: [TubeDude] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Nice perch there Pat, that is a chunky one... Looks like you still got those cats tuned up, that's amazing to me... Nice job...Later J
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Re: [TubeDude] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Last few times passing Willard Bay on the highway I just haven't seen any boats out there, so I'm glad to know you're still out there....and catching fish! Good to meet you, and RR, and Skunked, and a bunch of good guys at the banquet, and I appreciate some good info, maps, etc., that you've put out about Willard and other fishable waters.....Question on your fligs....have you, or anyone else, tried any of those through the ice, say at Strawberry, for cutts or rainbows?
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
If I had targeted cats...and fished my "Kitty Condo" area...I could have probably caught more. But I took light tackle and specifically targeted perch. Silly kitties sometimes just don't read the "No Cats" signs and chomp anyway.

That perch was a porker. One of the heftiest girths on any Willard perch I have caught. Besides a large well-developed bunch of eggs it had 3 recently swallowed shad in its belly. I had always believed they did not eat larger food items when they were full of eggs. Wrong again. But I'm used to that since I am married.

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Re: [Jmorfish] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Glad to get to meet you at the dinner too.

"Question on your fligs....have you, or anyone else, tried any of those through the ice, say at Strawberry, for cutts or rainbows?"

Fligs will definitely work under the ice. But their purpose and efficiency lies in their ability to float above the bottom...while retrieving or soaking...not in vertical presentations. If you fish them dropshot style, attached to the line above a sinker, you lose the advantage of floatation.

I also make a lot of "PBJs"...painted body jigs...in all my "basic food groups" (best colors)...with and without weight. I fish a lot of these under a flasher or above a drop shot weight. One of my faves is a "hot head" (hot melt glue head) "Wig" (weightless jig). It has the profile of a lead head jig but has neutral buoyancy and no weight. It is ideal for rigging dropshot style...either over a weighted jig on a tandem rig or above a dropshot sinker. Here are a couple of pics of how I make the heads and the finished product.




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Re: [TubeDude] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Glad to see you are still finding a couple tugs up at Willard. With 45 degree water the kitties should be slowing down some.
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Re: [fish_fear_me2] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Slowing down? Yes. But they feed all through the winter and ice anglers catch quite a few at Willard. Most years I catch them from my tube right up until iceout...and start in on them again while there is still some ice remaining. In fact, some of my best cat days have been in February. FEB CATTIN'

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Re: [TubeDude] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
TD, sorry I didn't join you yesterday. Head cold has me confined to the house. Good to see there are still fish to be found.



Larry

...one flew east, one flew west,
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest...
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Re: [FatBiker] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Sorry about the cold. Hate 'em. Hope you recover quickly.

No problems with your "ramp snot" (algae). I launched and beached in the narrow gravel strip next to the west docks. But I noticed one of the guys launching a boat had problems getting traction back up onto the dry part of the ramp after dropping the boat. That stuff is brutal.

Wasn't my best day of fishing on Willard. But I can't recall ever having a calmer day for the full duration of my trip. Lovely. I was thankful for that.

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Re: [TubeDude] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Hey want to see a little comparison in fish... Check out my monster from today... Later J
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(This post was edited by SkunkedAgain on Nov 25, 2017, 6:55 PM)
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Re: [TubeDude] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
hey Pat, good ta see your still finding a few tugs.

GitR Dun!

Don,, the old IceSkrat.

Never assume a great day fishing is a great day catching...
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Might make good bait for the bigguns in Willard. (Dead of course)

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Re: [Coldfooter] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Hey Don, good to hear from ya. Hope you are well. Have you been doing any fishing? Planning to hit the ice? I gave up ice fishing last year.

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Re: [TubeDude] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
I'm still kicking around here and there. Yeah I was thinking I might make a trip on the ice this season someplace. Of course I'd have to locate all my gear, its been 4 or more years since I used any of it.

GitR Dun!

Don,, the old IceSkrat.

Never assume a great day fishing is a great day catching...
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Re: [TubeDude] Willard Wednesday 11-22-2017 In reply to
Guess I should have kept it, but let it go to grow up. Later J