I had some leftover night crawlers so Wednesday (5/8) after work i decided to head over to Lisbon Slough/Toe Drain outside of Woodland. The water had a nice chocolate milkish color to it! haha.
I started the day going for Catfish and quickly hooked into a small 10
in. bullhead. I also threw a slip bobber in to give a try for some large
carp. Nothing for an hour. Just when I was thinking about leaving
(right before sun set) I see my slip bobber go under! It didn't peel my
line or anything so I knew it wasn't a carp. I pulled out a
blue gill. I threw my line in again and sure enough, it went down
again. I thought, sweet, if I get at least three I will keep them and
eat some bluegill. A couple of minutes later Another one about 12 in.
The next time I got a bite I saw my rod tip dancing a little more than usual and sure enough I had a
fish on. I brought him in after a bit and wouldn't you know it? A 9 in
I quickly released that little guy and decided to free the blue gills too.
Two things about this report:
My first Largemouth bass of the year was caught while fishing in the
shallows for bluegills using nightcrawlers and a bobber! Haha
Second, I had heard stories about Largemouth bass being in Lisbon
Slough/Toe Drain but I never believed it, because I had never caught
one. I used EVERYTHING to catch bass in here but I had never caught one
here. Either they are scarce or I just don’t know how to catch them in
there. Well, I now know nightcrawlers will catch them but also that this
bass was more than likely hunting the bluegill, so live bluegill
(caught from the slough itself) would probably be a great bait in this