4/22 Fishing Report

Due to the snow and rain we have received this week, the shop was especially slow for this time of the year, which led to limited reports.  However, the white bass are in the river and should really turn on this weekend as the weather jumps up (almost 35 degrees from Wednesday's temps) over the next few days.  

White Bass/"Wipers":  White bass have been caught from Greenbower/Rockhill bridges up to the pull off on 225.  Typically this is the area fish "stage" to make a spawning run and the best stretch to catch the fish as it bottlenecks in this area of the river.  The white bass are being caught on Blakemore Roadrunners primarily as well as some Rooster Tails, and Gulp Minnows from 2.5"-3".  Wipers are being caught on rooster tails, Road Runners and the Magic Products bagged Chicken Liver.  

Crappie-  The first week of the Crappie Brawl has only had a handful of fish brought in and only one qualified.  We did see a lot of crappie from the 11-12" that were brought in that were caught on jigs tipped with maggots.  Look for the crappie fishing to improve as we move to warmer nights and evenings, which will help raise the water temperature, bringing the fish closer to shore.  

Musky-  Musky have been caught near the West Branch dam as well as below the West Branch spillway in the last week to ten days.  Most of the fish that are being reported have been caught on lipless crankbaits and stickbaits from these areas.  



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