January 21, 2011

Saturday, 22 January 2011 06:59 Wayne Gustaveson

We returned to Warm Creek and found conditions much the same as last week. Fishing has slowed considerably under the glow of the full moon and the fast fishing of two weeks ago.  We probed into the shallow water near Haystack Rock in Cottonwood Warm Creek. A nice largemouth hit the Bevy Shad on the second cast - but it came off. We saw three stripers on separate occasions slowly following our lures back to the boat but none struck the lure.  After an hour of casting we went toward the back of main Warm Creek to see how the deep stripers were doing.

There were no boats working the 60 foot depth strata, but a cluster of boats back at 45 feet showed us where the fish were.  Ray Young invited us to come over as they caught fish after fish. We got close, dropped an anchor and put spoons into the water. Our added activity slowed down the school. We caught two fish before they quit.

The important news is that fishing is much slower but a few largemouth are still biting.  Striped bass schools are in shallower water and can be started into activity with bait and copious chumming. Spoons still work but the school tends to run unless chum is used to Marty Peterson with winter striperhold them in position. 

Water temperature is 47-49 degrees which is the normal low point of the year.  The good news is that the lake is calm making an afternoon trip on the lake an enjoyable experience.