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Bullfrog to the Horn 5/15 - 5/16

svivian

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Made a quick trip up Friday after work and launched Saturday morning on the asphalt to the East of the bullfrog main ramp. I launched my 21' boat in my profile pic with no issue at all, I'm not sure how long though it will last. Also I did park in the dirt just above that with several other trucks and was never bothered about it, I figured I might as well enjoy it as I may never get to park that close again :ROFLMAO:.

Now for the good stuff. Left the ramp at 6:00am and headed for Moki wall where we met a few boats. trolled looking for schools but never saw anything and said screw it and headed in the canyon and fished for smallies for about two hours. Ned rig with a 1/8 ounce head in mud minnow was doing the trick catching one every other cast. Got bored and decided to check out the mouth of Knowles. Found a nice hump coming off of the mouth of the canyon that came up to 18ft and trolled over it several times with some 15' deep diving cranks and picked up a handful of stripers and a walleye. Then went in and found some submerged trees and caught a few large mouth, lost a huge one at the boat :(. Decided this wasn't good enough and headed north towards the horn. The mud line was thick up there but the fish did not care at all. We tried everything and couldn't go wrong! First we trolled the gravel point at the horn and fish were everywhere, we picked up striper every 100 ft trolling around 3mph. Then we decided we wanted walleye and changed up our gear. Tied on 1/4 ounce jig head and a green pumpkin craw with a piece of worm. We would start towards red canyon on the south side with the gravel bars and drifted with the wind back towards the horn bottom bouncing in 10 - 25ft of water. Picked up about 20 walleye in 2 hrs and one really nice smallmouth. About 6:30pm we decided to look for a place to beach and spend the night. On the way back towards Red canyon we saw some surface action and went to see what it was. Ended up being tons of carp surface feeding. Thought why not and casted at them to see what they would do. As I speed reeled back to re cast 5lb striper slammed my bait in 5ft of water! Repeated this for half an hour and caught a few more stiper, two more walleye and a catfish!?!

Sunday Morning woke up and headed back for the horn. Decided to change up our tactic a bit and tied on a strike king walleye elite crankbait in blue shiner minnow. Slowed down to 2.25 to 2.4 mph and trolled in 15 to 25ft. From 6:30am to 9am we picked up 20 more walleye and 5 more stiper doing the same thing over and over. Ended up with bags of beautiful fillets and an awesome trip catching 75 to 100 fish.

Couple things to note as they have been said. The mussels are bad up there so I would check your line often. I noticed that my line was fraying 10 feet above my baits from getting cut by the mussels. So I would cut some line off and retie after so many fish and passes. This saved me from losing any of my lures after doing this. Also coming around to Moki it looks like it is getting really shallow up and to the buoy as you are coming around the inside corner. I did not troll over it to see the depth but you can clearly see the change of color.
 

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Dorado

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Sounds like it is still hot fishing up there! Just curious how many other boats were fishing in the muddy water?
 

svivian

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Sounds like it is still hot fishing up there! Just curious how many other boats were fishing in the muddy water?
Not a single boat came and fished with us. Saw two boats in the gravel coves past castle butte on the south side of the channel just before the horn. One boat was trolling around Castle butte towards red canyon as well, otherwise the rest were further down river towards GHB.
 
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Dorado

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Not a single boat came and fished with us. Saw two boats in the gravel coves past castle butte on the south side of the channel just before the horn. One boat was trolling around Castle butte towards red canyon as well, otherwise the rest were further down river towards GHB.
I think the dirty water scares them off....People must not read WW!!!
 
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