Angler Report: Bartlett Lake
I hit Bartlett Lake Saturday night in my kayak, an Ocean Tetra 10 Angler.
Water temperatures were in the low 80s and lake level was 44-percent full.
Fishing from 8-10:30 p.m. on a waning full moon, I began targeting rock/boulder piles, casting Texas-rigged brush hogs (4 1/2 inch) in dark colors (great at night) with 8-pound monofilament line and a 15-pound fluorocarbon leader. Representing crayfish emerging from the rock piles into ambush-feeding largemouth, the brush hogs were cast close to shore and retrieved with a slow drag-and-pause presentation.
Crayfish prefer cover and are more active at night.
I had a couple largemouth spit the hook before catching two in a row before heading home.
Best bite was 9:30-10:30 p.m. A 13 1/2-inch bass was kept for the next day’s lunch …
… and this largemouth, a little bigger than the other and an even better fight, was released (see the brush hog in its mouth).
A real treat was seeing what appeared to be a mountain lion coming near the water (maximize your screen or zoom to see details):
Get out in the wild because you never know what you’ll catch and what wildlife you’ll see!