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The Fishing Line December 16, 2004



Dixon Lake Report

by Ranger Jim Dayberry


Trout fishing was very good again this week. The lake has been turning out good numbers of trout. Those willing to spend a couple of hours at it are getting their limits. Night crawler, Power Bait and Power Worms have been the top baits this week. The Buoy Line has also been producing fair numbers of trout. The spinners were not working as well as they have the past few weeks. Crappie jigs have also been working fairly well. There will not be a trout stock this week. The next stocking will be on Dec. 23, 2004.


The bass fishing slacked off this week.  No bass reported. With the water cooling it would likely be wise to fish deeper, say in 25-40 feet of water, with a slow retrieve.  I have not been seeing any fish up in the shallows at all.


The catfish bite was good last week. Catfish were being caught out of Jack Creek Cove and at the Buoy Line by those targeting the whisker fish. The hot bait was chicken liver but mackerel was also working well. The real problem is that very few people are targeting the catfish. Those that do are having fair success.


Lake Wohlford Report

by Ranger Arthur Bullard


On December 18th Trout season begins at Lake Wohlford and the lake will return to being open to the public 7 days a week, except for Christmas day when the park will be closed.  5,000 pounds of trout will be stocked just prior to opening day of trout season!  The hatchery has promised to supply Wohlford with up to 8 pound lunker Rainbows for the opener! Top baits are expected to be nightcrawlers, power bait, power worms, and small flashy spinners.   So now is a good time to wind some new light line onto the old reel and collect your trout tackle!  Trout conditions are looking very favorable for this season's opening weekend.  


Catfish action is still good, hitting on chicken liver and cut mackerel.  The best catfish areas have been the very shallow weed beds at the east end of Lake Wohlford and the South Shore Rockpile. 


Bass anglers have been catching and releasing a lot of mostly smaller sized catches in the morning before the sun breaks through and then again late in the afternoon. 


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