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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/11 10:29:49 (permalink)
I bet that forecast will change.  No way the snow waits until the weekdays.  Will likely push to Saturday, with 50mph winds.
 
I have racoon face from the winds yesterday!
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/11 20:57:36 (permalink)
Friday is looking good. Might try to bail out of work at noon and take the boat out in the afternoon. I imagine the lake will be a mud pit after all this rain.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/11 21:35:55 (permalink)
There was definitely a bit more color this Sunday compared to last Saturday, but not too bad. No torrential downpours, so I doubt it would really mess things up. Friday is looking to be windy. Tomorrow looks like the money day IMO. Low winds, warm, should have the water temp right at the go level.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/11 22:05:35 (permalink)
 Been raining steady for hrs. up here with some heavy still happening now 10:00 pm M/C arm area. Supposed to continue raining till 6:30 am.   Robins gonna be happy tomorrow. A Little Tikes wagon in back yard today was loaded with drowned earth worms. Heading to Pymy on Wednesday with a load of lures smh. 3001 posts, that's more hits than the Great One had in his career. So much could have been accomplished instead of posting that much.    
 
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/12 00:28:29 (permalink)
Oof yea, wind forecast for Friday looks terrible. I was thinking about tomorrow too, but I won’t be able to get out of work until 4.

I could shoot over to north park or glade run in the kayak tomorrow after work. Maybe try to grab a few stockies for the freezer, just to get a line wet. A friend of mine has been taking his son to north park and they can’t seem to get on any fish. If I spent an hour or two there I could probably figure out something easy they could do to catch some trout. I haven’t spent a lot of time fishing for stocked trout, but they can’t be that hard to catch, right? Minnow under a bobber or something? That would be easy enough for his kid. There’s also some surprisingly big bass in north park lake.

I’m a little apprehensive about kayaking this early in the year in that cold water though.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/12 09:31:11 (permalink)
Windfinder app seems to be pushing the stronger winds on Friday towards dusk.  If it keeps pushing them later, then Friday may end up being a gem.
 
I think you are likely good with a minnow or waxworm under a float.  Roostertails work well to vary up the color options, but if kids are small, not really going to work for them.  Same with the trout magnets or other jigs under a float.  Even a crawler chunk or smaller worm under a float will drive them nuts some days.  Really depends if they are actively biting or not.  Minnows are a great choice for small kids, but may end up wanting to take some home as pets...  We have had many fatheads as pets as well as a stickleback that was in with our fatheads (lived close to a year in a 10 gallon aquarium).  I used to fish NP when my kids were little.  Great lake to fish for 1/2 hour, then run over to the playground, then take a walk or bike ride, then toss a ball or frisbee around. 
 
It takes 15-20 minutes more from the Shaler exit to get to Arthur than it does to get to NP Lake.  Less if McNight Rd is backed up, which it often is.  I find it to be worth the extra time to hit Arthur.  NP is a nice place to take a kayak for a ride and grab dinner and a beverage at the OTB.  MUCH more eye candy at NP Lake than Arthur too.  But also a lot more crowded in general.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/12 11:42:49 (permalink)
I always avoided north park because I wasn’t interested in stocked trout and I thought it was too crowded. Then, a couple years back I met my buddy and his kids to fish for an afternoon and I took my kayak. I caught like six bass in a couple hours with two of them in the 18” range. I was shocked. I saw some guy pulling in some pretty big channel cats on cut bait too.

I might be able to burn some PTO and hit Arthur later today after all. It’s about 45 minutes from my front door to McDanels launch. The problem is that I keep my boat at a garage in Elliot, so I have to factor in pick up/drop off time for that.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/12 11:52:54 (permalink)
Anybody have luck making their own chatterbaits? I ordered some blades on eBay because I have a million bitsy bug jigs and it would be way cheaper to attach blades to some of the jigs I have, rather than spending $5+ each for a bait that I might lose after a few casts. Seems like some jigs work with blades better than others?
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/14 12:28:58 (permalink)
Hey all. Happy spring 2022. Getting a late start this season. Was hoping for this weekend but the wind sounds insane so maybe hold off a week. Be sure to say hi to the sasquatch in the green Alumacraft!
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/14 19:07:52 (permalink)
Sunday looks great. If you don’t mind your family not talking to you for months!
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/14 20:59:08 (permalink)
Next Saturday looks promising, if you see a tricked out 1988 14' Sea Nymph, feel free to give me the one finger salute or a wave. My dumbass will wave back regardless.  

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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/14 21:10:49 (permalink)
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Sunday looks great. If you don’t mind your family not talking to you for months!


Unless you're Orthodox, your Easter is April 24th.

That was always a plus growing up. My father's side were Italian Catholics and I was raised Catholic. My mother's side were Syrian and practiced Middle Eastern Orthodox. 2 Easters was fun.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/14 21:49:00 (permalink)
My dads side is Byzantine. We’d do dinners and other for their holidays, but all “kid” celebration stuff was following regular suburban Mercan church dates. Wish those Byzantine priests would have spoken Merican. The whole sit, stand, kneel and cross yourself every 5 minutes was bad enough.. The Rusyn chanting was okay, but that mixed with incense ball and chain really freaked me out during my grandpaps funeral when I was young.

It was fun going to bingo night and hanging out with old ladies that couldn’t speak a lick of Merican. Maybe they could, but I couldn’t understand them… Best food around though. Still don’t think I could do that Easter “cheese” egg loaf stuff.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/17 02:10:49 (permalink)
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Oof yea, wind forecast for Friday looks terrible. I was thinking about tomorrow too, but I won’t be able to get out of work until 4.

I could shoot over to north park or glade run in the kayak tomorrow after work. Maybe try to grab a few stockies for the freezer, just to get a line wet. A friend of mine has been taking his son to north park and they can’t seem to get on any fish. If I spent an hour or two there I could probably figure out something easy they could do to catch some trout. I haven’t spent a lot of time fishing for stocked trout, but they can’t be that hard to catch, right? Minnow under a bobber or something? That would be easy enough for his kid. There’s also some surprisingly big bass in north park lake.

I’m a little apprehensive about kayaking this early in the year in that cold water though.


Glade is pretty easy to catch some pelletheads. Go down to the dam, use whatever. If there's wind, just throw some Powerbait on the bottom. 
Surprised that you mention they didn't pick up anything from NP. It's packed there, but I've always caught something. Best advice for there is to find a spot that isn't too common. Maybe take a slight walk in the woods and set up some chairs. Less people travel the hillsides, and it's not bad to walk down some of them. 

You're right about the Bass. There's some bruisers in there. I caught a solid 3lber last fall on a Bucca Bull Gill. Lure is so **** pretty, but was 15 bucks or something so I only toss it right on braid. 
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/17 09:12:11 (permalink)
Yea I caught a few trout late last spring at glade run pitching shiners for bass. Minnows would have been better though, shiners were too big.

I don’t think my buddy really knows what he is doing, and he struggles even more with his kids around because they have such a short attention span.

I’m burning a couple vacation days this week because my girlfriends sister is in town. I might take the kayak to glade run. That little lake is a lot of fun in a kayak. I’ve never tried fishing there from shore. You get spoiled in a kayak because you can just paddle anywhere and get way up in all those trees.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/17 20:22:05 (permalink)
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Yea I caught a few trout late last spring at glade run pitching shiners for bass. Minnows would have been better though, shiners were too big.

I don’t think my buddy really knows what he is doing, and he struggles even more with his kids around because they have such a short attention span.

I’m burning a couple vacation days this week because my girlfriends sister is in town. I might take the kayak to glade run. That little lake is a lot of fun in a kayak. I’ve never tried fishing there from shore. You get spoiled in a kayak because you can just paddle anywhere and get way up in all those trees.


Yeah recently discovered it because I live semi close. I can imagine those trees are insane in the summer. 
Of course, I had only discovered it AFTER buying my boat, so the idea to buy a kayak after throwing down money for a boat was a no go. 

I have seen dudes take 16 ft bass boats there though, running on trolling motors.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/18 16:41:52 (permalink)
Honestly I bought my kayak for like $300 and it’s pretty much all I will ever need for most of the flat water lakes and rivers I like to fish around here. Although it’s definitely worth it to get the after market stuff like anchor trolleys and whatnot… but you don’t need to drop a couple grand on a Hobie to get out and catch alot of fish.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/20 14:52:44 (permalink)
The difference in stability and fish-ability in a $300 vs $1000-1200 kayak is worth the extra money.
 
The Old Town Sportsman 106 or Bonafide RS117 will make you wish you didnt buy a $300 yak. My Bonafide still cost a 1/4 of a Hobie.  
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/20 17:33:52 (permalink)
Anyone get out today? Ended up a really nice day. I'm to the point where I might not even get out there, besides to run the motor. Walleye opens up in 2 weeks and there's some sub 20FOW I'm dying to get at up North. Stay tuned 😉 😎
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/21 10:55:52 (permalink)
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Anyone get out today? Ended up a really nice day. I'm to the point where I might not even get out there, besides to run the motor. Walleye opens up in 2 weeks and there's some sub 20FOW I'm dying to get at up North. Stay tuned 😉 😎



When you are getting walleyes in that close, are you mostly fishing first light and last light into the dark? I know the fish can be skittish when its that shallow and the motor is right on top of their heads. I ve been wanting to try it myself with my 16 footer. 
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/21 14:25:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby psu_fish 2022/04/21 14:53:50
We don't have any special times. Long line ( atleast 60-70 yards) some plugs, keep it about 1.3 to 1.6mph. We do well in that close all season. If u wanna drag worms, I'd say 1 to 1.5 ozs of lead on a 3 way, as slow as you can stand. 1.5 mph max. Heck I know guys that just straight drift a worm on a hook or jig head, with a little weight. It's all about the weather and waves. There are soooooo many walleyes in that lake it's disgusting. Pick a 2 ft or less day and go. You won't be disappointed.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/22 12:58:02 (permalink)
Will Arthur be a zoo this weekend, magic 8 ball says: Outlook Good. 

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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/22 13:56:09 (permalink)
Get some threaded minnows and go dahn da Crick. Neshannock shouldn't have more than 2 or 3k trout in it. I know they stocked again this past Wednesday. That water looks perfect today.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/23 06:21:11 (permalink)
Hit Moraine yesterday. Zero bites. Lot of carp jumping. Must be soawning. No schools of Alewifes or Stripers spotted......YET....water was 59 degrees.
 

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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/23 10:31:12 (permalink)
Was that temp in the bays, Rip?
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/24 08:43:02 (permalink)
Thinking about taking Maggs out this afternoon. Finally get that motor running, at the least. If we go, we'll probably go hit Muddy Creek. Let yinz know how we do.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/24 17:45:28 (permalink)
PM sent pensfan

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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/24 21:55:09 (permalink)
We did pretty good today. Was really windy but we stuck it out from 1 to almost 6. We didn't kill any, but we coulda brought home a couple dozen. Launch was a zoo coming in but it's 528 whattya expect. Water temp was up to 61.9 back there. I did see alot of boats lined up on that far shoreline way in the back. I'm not a fan of that real shallow. We stay in those weeds that are in 3 to 4 FOW.
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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/27 11:42:33 (permalink)
I'm too chicken to take my boat back that shallow. I suspect the Crappie will be moving to 8-10 feet of water soon. After the weather normalizes.
 

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Re: Arthur 2022 2022/04/27 12:59:17 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby rippinlip 2022/04/27 15:36:26
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I'm too chicken to take my boat back that shallow. I suspect the Crappie will be moving to 8-10 feet of water soon. After the weather normalizes.
 


There are certain parts of the lake that those 3-4FOW are either right next to 20+FOW or 3-4 IOW...  I may or may not have gotten stuck on the shoals near the dam, maybe 20 years ago to confirm that!  I see someone just about every year as a reminder.  There is a cut through it, but you really got to know what you are doing if your boat isn't low draft.  I may or may not smacked my prop off of the bottom in the area that I think you are noting that you are too smart to venture into...  Again, there is a way to do it, but the channel is usually lined with shore bound anglers that act like whining little girls if you take your boat through.
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