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Fishing Report for July 12

DSC_0717Sam, with a party of two aboard, launched at Bertrand Launch Ramp at 6:30 this morning. It was trout they were out to find and they were not to be disappointed. Fishing, even in the unexpected rain, was very good. Though the initial bite was slow, the trout became more interested as the morning wore on. After putting several in the live well, trolling was on the agenda. The walleye that were stacked up in the bottom in the 59º water for the past week had moved to parts unknown, but the rainbows were plentiful and mostly large. Sadly, a real beauty at 14 inches had to be tossed back in the slot area. The bait bite was on yellow and salmon peach for me from the bank this morning, and orange and rainbow were a great hit from the boat. Following the trolling episode, the folks had their limit and chose to enjoy a tour of the river before heading back to clean the catch! Looks like there is a great dinner on tap!Generation is scheduled from 3 through 7 PM. The high temperature for today is predicted to hit 87º F., under mostly sunny skies, ( HA! ), with a chance of thunderstorms throughout the afternoon. Winds are southerly at 10 MPH.

Fishing Report for July 10

Heck! We had so much fun yesterday that we tried for a replay this morning. Launched both boats at Bertrand Launch Ramp and began catching trout at our first anchorage. The trout liked yellow and salmon peach better than any other colors tried. On Sam’s boat, Grandson stayed hot on Grandpa’s heels when it came to catching trout, so they soon switcDSC_0702 (1)DSC_0708hed to the catch and release mode. Sam headed his folks downstream for a change of scenery while continuing to try for trout and any other species hanging in the warmer water. In addition to trout, a white bass that tried power bait for a snack became one himself.Jim moved his folks down river after boating a few trout, to try trolling for whites and walleye. We pulled a Rapala 07 black on silver Shad and a Flicker Shad Slick Mouse, which turned out to be the one that 'scored' the walleye of the day. Of the many fish that were ‘marked,' almost all of them were on or near the bottom. The Flicker Shad is a deep runner, and got down to their level. It was a good morning, both for fishing and just enjoying the cool temperatures. Hope you got out to do the same. Generation is scheduled for 4 PM for one hour. The high temperature for today should reach 90º F., under partly sunny skies with a chance of afternoon thundershowers. The wind is from the south at 7 MPH.

July 9 Fishing Report

DSC_0702 DSC_0704Launched both boats at Bertrand Launch Ramp at 6:30 this morning and moved downstream expecting to be confronted with thunder showers while fishing. Happily enough, the predicted rain failed to put a damper on our trip and the trout bit. The couple fishing with Sam was on the third or fourth trip with Hosanna Hills, although it was the first for the wife. From what we could pick out while the fish were being cleaned, it sounded like she will be on the next trip with the family. The father/son team with Jim had an on-going healthy competition about who was going to out-fish whom. The son caught the first and second, but then the father got into the 'swing of things.' To top off the outing, the father caught a 22 1/4 inch walleye while we were trolling downstream of the Hwy 62 bridge. The walleye was caught on a Rapala Scatter Rap Shad, SCRS07 S. During the filleting operation, 4 inch shad minnows were found in the stomach. The walleye, as well as some whites, were on the bottom, so if you are planning on trying for a couple, try to pull a lure that will get down there with them.Generation is scheduled for one hour, at 4, this afternoon. The high temperature is predicted to be 87º F. under cloudy skies. The wind is from the SSW at 6 MPH.

Fishing Report for July 7

DSC_0708 DSC_0705 Both Hosanna Hills' boats launched this morning between 6 and 6:15, and headed downstream to a couple of special spots for trout. Sam and his fishermen were first to get settled and throw lines. We moved somewhat downriver from his 'claim' and tossed a couple of lines ourselves. The bite was surprisingly good based on the fact that I had thrown a line in at Bertrand Launch Ramp prior to the arrival of our groups, and did not get a bite in the time spent waiting. The people who were fishing from the bank before I arrived had caught not one fish. So, it was a pleasant shock to begin catching on both boats quickly after arriving. The bite was on garlic, yellow, rainbow, and fluorescent orange. We knew that the expected high temperature for the day was to reach 92º F., and were happy that the morning was overcast with a cool breeze and a couple of sprinkles. After putting 8 in the live well, both boats headed downstream trolling for walleye or whites. Seems like trout were the only fish biting, even though there were plenty of walleye and whites marked on the fishfinder. DSC_0693DSC_0707Both boats enjoyed a good morning of fishing, as one can see by the pictures.  The young lady in the photos was so caught up in fishing that she named each fish on the stringer and got wrapped up in the lesson on how to tell the males from the females. Generation is slated to be from 2 through 7 PM. The high temperature for today is expected to be 92º F. under mostly sunny skies with a chance of afternoon thundershowers. Wind is from the SSW at 12 MPH.

 

Fishing Report for 7-4-16

Happy Birthday America! Even though I got a late start fishing this morning, the trout were pretty willing to play. A check on the various fishing spots to see how many folks were fishing was first on my list of things to do. Near the Beaver Dam, there were at least 10 vehicles in the lot. Not a bad turnout for 9 AM. Parker was as crowded, so I went to Bertrand Launch Ramp. Nobody was fishing at the ramp, although a boat had been launched and, from the amount of music and conversation drifting down the river, seemed to be upstream. Sat down on the rocks and threw yellow power bait. The bite was about every 5 to 10 minutes. Caught and released seven in the next hour. Another couple showed up just as I was reeling in number four. They fished at the ramp and were doing OK when I left. Looks like the rain is mostly over for the rest of the afternoon. If you can, go out and fish! Generation is scheduled to be from 3 through 6 PM, which leaves plenty of daylight to fish from the bank following the end of moving water. The high temperature for today is expected to reach 84º F., under cloudy skies. The winds will be southwesterly at 7 MPH.

Fishing Report for 7-2-16

IMG_0278.JPGDuring the past four days, I have fished in several spots along the White River and found that the trout bite has been pretty slow, especially after 8 AM. This morning the bite close to Beaver Dam was good until the clock struck the magic hour of 8 bells. Prior to that, from 7 AM, when I started my fishing day, I caught 7 trout, three of which were in the ‘slot,' at 14 3/4, 14 1/4, and 13 1/4, and one that was too small. At any rate, I ended up with a nice lunch! The trout have been hitting on salmon peach, hatchery formula and garlic. The river has been very cloudy for the past two months, which is somewhat disturbing. The fishing does not seem to be affected, but the normal beauty of the clear river water has been impacted.The generation for today is to be for one hour, 6 PM. The high temperature for today is predicted to be 88 º F., under cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers. The winds are from the south at 7 MPH.

Fishing Report for 6-28-16

Yesterday I fished in three locations below the Beaver Dam, first at Bertrand Launch Ramp, then at the holes downstream from Parker Bend and finally at the launch ramp closest to the dam. The trout bite was fair at Bertrand, non-existent at Parker and very slow closer to the dam. A guide friend who took a group out and drifted from Beaver Dam to Bertrand indicated that he found that what I am reporting to be correct. He caught nothing until he approached the Bertrand area, then caught 27. The colors that worked for me were yellow, salmon peach and garlic. For your viewing pleasure, I took a couple of shots of a fish or two.This morning at 6:30, I headed back to Bertrand to see if the fish were doing a repeat performance of Monday. They were; and were biting more aggressively. In the hour and a quarter that I was there, I caught 8, one of which was 14 3/4. With the exception of a 10 incher, all of the rest were a minimum. of 12 inches, The bite was on yellow and garlic, with garlic being the bait of choice. Time to get out and catch supper! The generation for today is slated from 2 through 6 PM. The high today is thought by Accuweather to be 90º F., under sunny skies. The winds will be from the NE at 5 MPH.IMG_0265.JPG

Fishing Report for 6-26-16

Yesterday afternoon I met up with a couple of friends at Bertrand Launch Ramp and fished while catching up on old times. Of course, that was not the only thing were were 'catching up on.' It was 3 PM when we began fishing and the trout were in a mood to bite on yellow, salmon peach, rainbow and garlic. Generation began an hour earlier than scheduled, which was no big surprise. We caught fish until the water was moving too fast to keep bait in place without using the Titanic for a sinker. During our stay at Bertrand we had a nice conversation with Game and Fish personnel, who were headed out to check boaters for safety equipment. All in all, it was a very nice afternoon.This morning turned out to be a 'horse of a very different color.' Began fishing at Bertrand around 6:30 AM and was amazed by the difference in the bite; there was none. Along with a father/son team, we moved to a location close to Beaver Dam to try our luck. Although the bite was slow, at least the fish were a bit more accommodating. Fished until about 8:15 and then called it a morning. Even though the bite left a little to be desired, new friends were made. Perhaps the trout will be more hungry later this morning. Well, it is called 'fishing.' Generation is scheduled from 3 through 5 PM at 80% of capacity. The high temperature for the day is expected to reach 90º F. under partly sunny skies with westerly winds of 7 MPH. There is a chance of afternoon thundershowers. Stay dry and cool and above all,have fun fishing!

June 26 Fishing Report

Yesterday afternoon I met up with a couple of friends at Bertrand Launch Ramp and fished while catching up on old times. Of course, that was not the only thing were were 'catching up on.' It was 3 PM when we began fishing and the trout were in a mood to bite on yellow, salmon peach, rainbow and garlic. Generation began an hour earlier than scheduled, which was no big surprise. We caught fish until the water was moving too fast to keep bait in place without using the Titanic for a sinker. During our stay at Bertrand we had a nice conversation with Game and Fish personnel, who were headed out to check boaters for safety equipment. All in all, it was a very nice afternoon.This morning turned out to be a 'horse of a very different color.' Began fishing at Bertrand around 6:30 AM and was amazed by the difference in the bite; there was none. Along with a father/son team, we moved to a location close to Beaver Dam to try our luck. Although the bite was slow, at least the fish were a bit more accommodating. Fished until about 8:15 and then called it a morning. Even though the bite left a little to be desired, new friends were made. Perhaps the trout will be more hungry later this morning. Well, it is called 'fishing.' Generation is scheduled from 3 through 5 PM at 80% of capacity. The high temperature for the day is expected to reach 90º F. under partly sunny skies with westerly winds of 7 MPH. There is a chance of afternoon thundershowers. Stay dry and cool and above all,have fun fishing!

June 25, 2016

We don’t have any new fishing information for today, but wanted to share a couple of pictures from yesterday. The first one looks like a nighttime photo of fireflies, but was taken at 6 a.m. when gnats were buzzing about the banks of the river. This photo is not retouched in any way. The second has been lightened just a bit to show you what it is like to launch at 6 a.m. these days. You will beat the heat, for sure, but things may be foggy and dim for a bit.DSC_0698 DSC_0687

Fishing Report for 6-24-16

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Launched both boats at Bertrand Launch Ramp at 6 AM. The boats moved downstream and fished a couple of spots that proved fairly productive, even though the bite was a trifle slow. After boating a few fish, Sam and his folks threw a Colorado 1/4 oz spoon and, in addition to trout, caught a white near Spider Creek. The 9-year-old on board managed to haul in the prize catch of the day, a beautiful rainbow well over the 16-inch slot limitation. Sam then moved down river and trolled toward points downstream of the Hwy 62 bridge. The rain, which was predicted for later today showed up and helped us fish. My boat basically followed a similar scenario with the absence of any whites announcing their presence. During the worst part of the rain, my boat raced to anchor beneath the Hwy 62 bridge. Needless to say, after we were anchored the rain ceased. We then trolled our way back to Bertrand and caught and released four or five trout, several of which were ‘ slots.' As one can see in the pictures, the trips were very successful. Sam's boat, with a very happy crew of fishermen, passed us on the way in. Not only did we enjoy the morning fishing, but also ended up taking our Saturday night baths a few hours early. Ha!
Generation is slated from 3 through 6 PM. The afternoon should be partly cloudy with a chance of thundershowers. Winds should be southerly from 4 to 6 MPH.
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Fishing Report for 6-23-16

IMG_4949 IMG_4950Yesterday we fished close to Beaver Dam and caught and released 7 or 8 trout in a very short time, about 25 minutes, The fish were hitting all of the light colors of powerbait. Today, I fished in the same location, but started at 9 AM just to see if the later hour was going to affect the bite. It did not, as you can see in the picture. The colors that worked best were salmon peach and yellow. If you decide to fish at the site nearest to the Dam, remember that no one is allowed to be closer than 100 yards from the dam. I noticed that a fly-fisherman was about 40 yards from the structure. He is very lucky that he was not accosted by the Game and Fish, or even worse, by the Feds. Go out and have fun, but try not to get into a ‘jam.'Generation is scheduled from 1 through 7 PM today. The high temperature is expected to hit 92º F. with a 'real feel' of 106. The winds are from the SW at 6 to 8 MPH under partly cloudy skies. There is a good chance of afternoon and evening thundershowers.

Fishing report for 6-21-16

Grabbed a cup of java and headed to Bertrand Launch Ramp to see what was happening in the trout arena. The morning at 6:30 was cool and still, perfect for sipping coffee while waiting for a tug on the line. There was on boat on the water that was between the ramp and Spider Creek. In the 20 minutes I was fishing. they caught one trout. It is amazing how sound travels on the water! Timing was perfect for this morning’s fishing....I ran out of coffee just as the fifth fish was released back into the river. For me, they were biting on salmon peach and garlic. Another bank fisherman was headed down to occupy my spot as I was leaving. Hope he did good!Checked with another guide, Carl, and learned that the whites showed up later in the evening yesterday and gave him and his clients a run for their money upstream from the Hwy 62 bridge. At the time, generation was in full swing. If you are out in the moving water, look for eddys within which to find the whites. Although they have been 'hit and miss' this season, do not give up the hunt. Walleye are also very active this season. There are a good number that we have caught that are small, but do not be surprised to haul in some keepers! Generation this afternoon is slated to begin at 2 and continue through 7 tonight. The high temperature for the day is expected to top 92º F. under mostly sunny skies. Winds are from the WSW at 6 MPH.

6-19-16 Fishing Report

Launched at Houseman Access this morning at 6:30 and trolled upriver initially pulling a Rapala Scatter Rap 07, black on silver. Caught a couple of trout on that lure as well as a "smalleye", ( A walleye that was undersized). Switched to a CD 7, black on silver and caught a few more trout and another "smalleye'. Turned the boat around and headed back towards Houseman Access. This time, I pulled a Rapala Xrap, 9, black on silver. Nothing! There were only a few other boats on the river keeping me company, one of which was a guide boat. Arrived back at Houseman at 8:40 and was home by 9. Oh boy, coffee! It was a mild morning with plenty of early morning action. No pics, as it was a catch and release day for me.There is only one hour of generation scheduled for today, at 5 PM. The high temperature for today is to be 90º F. under mostly sunny skies with a chance of PM. thundershowers. The winds are from the SSE at 7 MPH. Sam and I are planning on an adventure tomorrow morning. Hope to see you out there.

6-17 Fishing Report

DSC_0700 DSC_0695Launched at Bertrand Launch Ramp at 6 AM and proceeded downstream to a spot where we frequently bait fish. Although the bite was a little slower than what we are used to, we put 8 in the boat and released two 'slots' and two that were too small to keep. Decided that we would like to troll for larger fish, as well as a white or two. Ha! There were no whites marked on the Lowrance, but a walleye made up for it. Unfortunately, it was not a keeper since it was under 18 inches, but was a fun catch. Picked up a few trout on the way to Houseman Access where we pulled out at 10:30, just as the heat was beginning to make its presence known. As you can see in the picture, the guide picked up a couple of trout for his lunch. Yum, Yum! The youngest among us showed us how it is done. Not only did she catch plenty of fish, she wanted to learn how to clean her own, which the guide was pleased to accommodate What a girl! Enough said!Generation on Saturday is slated to start at 5 PM with a start and stop schedule. The high temperature for the day should hit 91º F. and we are no longer under a heat advisory.

Fishing Report for 6-14-16

DSC_0702Sam launched at Bertrand Launch Ramp at 6:45 this morning and moved down river to try a couple of his favorite spots. While the bite at the ramp was OK this morning, it was nothing like the first anchorage that Sam picked to begin his trip. While the trout bite slowed to a stop at the ramp as soon as the sun peaked over the opposite bank, it continued between Bertrand and Spider Creek Island. As one can tell from the photos, the folks on board were pretty happy to have been fishing with the trout whisperer. Note that a white bass decided to throw it in with those rainbows. After fishing with power bait for a bit, Sam and company trolled farther downstream and caught both trout and the white. The morning was cool and made what is usually a pleasant experience even more enjoyable. If you did not get to go out this morning and can manage it tomorrow morning, we recommend that you do it! If you need a guide, call us!The generation schedule calls for water to begin to move at 4 PM, and continue through 6. The high temperature for the day is expected to make it to 89º F. under partly sunny skies with a chance of mid-afternoon thundershowers. Winds will be southerly at 7 MPH.

June 13 Fishing Report

Bank fished at Bertrand Launch Ramp from 7 through 8 AM. The bite was fair, occurring about every 5 to 7 minutes. Of the trout caught, (and released), three were in the ‘slot,' ranging from 13 to 14 1/2 inches. They bit on salmon peach, chunky cheese, yellow, rainbow and garlic. The color that worked best for me was chunky cheese. There were no other fishermen on scene, making the morning both cool and quiet. Played with the fish until the coffee was gone, then followed suit. The mornings have been ideal for enjoying your fishing experience. Of course, we recommend that you get out and catch a few.Generation is scheduled this afternoon from 2 through 7. The high temperature predicted for today is 85º F., under partly cloudy skies with a chance of late afternoon thundershowers. Winds should be southerly at 5 MPH.

Fishing Report for June 12

We executed an early morning launch to determine downriver conditions, both regarding water temperature and fish bite. The water temperature at Houseman Access was 55º F. at 6 AM. Trolled downstream pulling two different lures, both Rapalas. Picked up, and released, one white bass a little down river from Blue Spring. The 'slime line' showed up about 1/2 mile towards Beaver. The temperature on the other side of that phenomenon jumped to 76.5º F. No whites were marked on the other side of the cooler water. There were many black bass working the bait close to the river bank. Also, we noted that the gar were becoming plentiful, although no actual spawning was seen. That is probably just around that proverbial corner. The carp most likely will join in on the festivities. Pulled back out of the water at 9 AM. and headed back to the house. It was another beautiful morning on the river. There were quite a few boat trailers in the lot, but the boats must have headed up river, since no other boats were seen by us in our travels. Hope you got out to enjoy it, too!There is generation scheduled from 4 through 6 PM today. The high temperature for today is expected to hit 88º F. under partly sunny skies which may bring some afternoon thundershowers. The wind this morning was northerly but will shift to the ESE at 4 MPH later in the day.

6-11-16 Fishing Report

DSC_0702After offering a belated 'Happy Birthday' to the lady aboard, we launched at Houseman Access at 6 AM. Because several boats had launched at the same time and headed upstream, we immediately began trolling downstream dragging two different Rapalas. We began catching whites on one lure, but not the other. Corrected the situation by tying on the same type of successful lure on the other rod. The whites were pretty scattered; but, as you can see in the picture, they were in the biting mode. Trolled until around 8:30, when the bite slowed to a crawl. We moved upriver of the Hwy 62 bridge and tried bait fishing. Talk about slow! After catching a couple of rainbows on bait, we decided that trolling would be more effective. It was. There were a good number of boats on the river, perhaps a corporate package of some sort. Do not know how they fared, but some of them were still on the river when we pulled out. The morning was almost the perfect temperature for being out on the river. However, by 9:30 or so, it was time for sunscreen.The generation for today is scheduled from 3 through 5 PM. The winds are from the SSW at 5 to 7 MPH, under mostly sunny skies. High temperature for the day should be 89º F. If you plan on going out, do not forget your sunscreen!

6-10-16 Fishing Report

Sam and crew launched at Bertrand Launch Ramp at 7 AM and proceeded downstream in pursuit of the rainbow trout. Between 7 and 7:30, several trout had come aboard to ‘visit.’ For variety, Sam moved further down river and picked up a few trout at each stop and even a couple while trolling. Trolling also enticed a walleye to grab on for a trip to the boat. Unfortunately, measurement showed him not to be legal, so back he went into the water. Unfortunately again, a nice trout made it all the way into the net, then spit out the hook, and waved his tail 'goodby’ as he leaped back into the White River. That's fishing! It turned out to be a beautiful morning to be out on the river. Tomorrow promises to be a repeat of today, weather-wise. Let’s go fishing!After Sam motored down river, Jim sat down and fished from the Bertrand ramp and caught 5, four of which were 'stockers' and one 17 1/2 inch river rainbow trout. Some fishermen at the same site asked how it was done, so we passed along some tips about how the successful rig was put together. Generation for today is slated to be from 3 through 6 PM. The day should be mostly sunny leading to a 90 degree high this afternoon. Winds are from the south at 5 MPH.

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