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Old 03-29-2008, 07:45 PM
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Long time reader, first time poster. I started going after wipers on the fly last fall and I'm pretty hooked. Haven't caught any large fish yet, but I hope to this spring. I've fished mainly from the dam and across from Four Winds though this year I hope to get out on a boat a couple times.

I went out today to the dam and fished from 3:30pm to 5:30pm to no avail. Bit early I think and the water is way up and quite murky. BUT I did see two large fish bust right up next to the dam in about 1 foot of water and saw some bait fish running right up against the dam as well. So that's encouraging. I think a big problem today was the murkiness of the water. The fish just couldn't see my fly.

The water temp right at the dam was 46 degrees F.

Here is a report from a successful trip last fall:


Does anyone else fish for hybrids on the fly?
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:34 PM
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Welcome Aboard Matt!! And thanks for the report!

Personally, never fished for them at the spillway this early or with a fly. However we used to bust them pretty darn good on craws. It is or has been walleye time down there now that I know.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:37 PM
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:57 PM
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Welcome aboard, Matt. I don't fly fish wipers, either, but I see folks at the lake flyfishing them. They are usually fishing at the dam in the fall or I sometimes see them near the new ramp at Fairfax; there is a pretty good walking stretch there. Personally, I would focus on Hardin Ridge.
Thanks for the report. If my math is right, the lake temp is coming up about two degrees per week and it will probably hit fifty degrees by this weekend. I also noted you left the lake at about 5:30 p.m. That's when I have been leaving, too, mostly because it is getting pretty cold by then. When it is just a little warmer, that's about the time you should be arriving at the lake. The best chances of a good fish are about an hour on either side of sunset.
I generally angle with spoons; it will be interesting to see how flies work on the big boys. Please, keep us posted and have a great season.
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Old 04-02-2008, 01:46 PM
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Thanks for the welcome guys. We've been having some nice weather last couple days so I might make a run out there tomorrow. In the fall I would fish from about an hour or two before sunset until it got dark then I'd usually pack it in. When it starts to get warmer I think I'll get back into that rhythm. And I'll check out Hardin Ridge. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 05-05-2008, 01:42 AM
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Matt, saw your post and figured I better speak up. I live in Bloomington and fly fish exclusively for wipers on Monroe. I got hooked on it back in 2005 when we had a banner year. We haven't had the greatest luck since then, but in the summer of 2005 we had several mornings where we boated 15 or more fish with a few over 12lbs. After catching my first one, I can't help but be out on Monroe a few days a week in the spring, summer, and fall.

We throw clousers and other minnow/shad imitations on fast-sink line with 8 weight rods, wait for the fly and line to hit the depth where the sonar is finding fish, then strip line like crazy.

I agree with the others that typically the dam area and the points and mouths of coves across from Fairfax have produced the most fish. I always seem to mark fish around Hardin Ridge. The hardest part is finding them, and finding them feeding. Once you accomplish that then your reel will be singing to you.

We fished tonight from about 6 until 9 but didn't hook into any. We marked a few on the sonar but no big pods of them and didn't see much in the way of baitfish. That should soon change though as the water continues to warm. Surface temps today were right at 60 degrees at the dam.
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