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Bass really biting on Rock

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 11:15 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 11:15 p.m. CDT
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An angler enjoys a beautiful sunset over the Rock River. Scenes like these play out every day during the summer months in the Sauk Valley.

Attention all you bass anglers out there – I repeat – attention! There is a phenomenon happening on the mighty Rock which you may find interesting. Due to an incredible first and second shad spawn, the river is just chocked full of 1- to 3-inch shad right now. In turn, this has white and largemouth bass flocking to current streams and creek mouths in incredible numbers.

I mean, I threw my shad net one time Wednesday and caught 4 largemouth ... at the same time! One of them was a plump 19- to 20-inch specimen.

The white bass are just freakin’ everywhere. I mean, it doesn’t matter where you look. I have found them in backwaters, I have found them in shallow swift current, and just about every situation you can think of ... as long as there are baby shad there.

Now, I don’t have time to chase these things, and wouldn’t even if I could, but you can ... and should. There’s some real good eatin’ right there, man. I’d think a guy with a bobber above a jig head tipped with a minnow could just hammer them things ... or better yet, you could net up some small shad and really pound them hard. I have seen some real good ones, up to maybe 18 or 20 inches, and they are strong, thick fish.

Beyond that, the crappie have started to appear as well, although I have not seen them in big numbers yet. The size of the paper mouths have slowly been increasing with the numbers. I figure it will probably be more of a fall bite this year, but if the weather changes, there could be some good summer slab action.

With water levels dipping back into the low 4-foot range in Como, the spawn-weary channel cats are ready to feed and very easy to find. The channel cat bite is as good or better right now than it has been at any time this year. These fish have been beatin’ the bejesus out of each other for some 3 weeks now, making a fresh new crop of kiddie cats. Now, it’s time to beef back up and heal.

There is just a ton of fresh, easy food to be had, so be creative – but remember the bite could slow down at times being that food is so easy to find right now. If it gets tough on meat, switch to a good batch of G and S cheese bait.

Last but not least, with the water low and summer temps setting in, please pick up after yourself. We have a wonderful river here, and garbage all over the place is a real eyesore. If you take it in with you, make sure you take it out with you. If you see someone being an idiot and too lazy to pick something out, report them to the authorities. Remember, if we don’t take care of our natural resources, nobody will, so police yourselves.

Until next week, Go Catfish!

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