Rain has been the word of the week around Grand Lake and areas in every direction. A misty rain and a lot of wind greeted the fishermen over the weekend.
It didn't bother the catching. White Bass and Spoonbill Catfish have taken over the action. The past week has seen the parking area at Twin Bridges fill up in a hurry. It was a little cool during the morning hours. Most of the afternoons were perfect for fishing. For White Bass trolling and casting any lure you had in your tackle box worked.
One fellow said it didn't matter which direction he cast. He let it settle and hit the bottom and then a quick retrieve. He said he caught one almost every cast.
The fish were being caught north of the Spring River Bridge all the way to the Kansas line. A hundred or more boats were on the river hard. It was hard to find a spot to troll on Sunday.
Jerry and Big Bob were on the lake during the week and they caught a lot of catfish on rod and reel. Several were over the 10 pound mark. They used fresh shad for bait. The largest they caught this week was a 21 pounder.
The winners of the FLW Wall Mart bass tournament that was on the lake Saturday was Jason Christy of Park Hill, OK. He had five fish that weighed 21.08 pounds to win the event. Darrin Hill of Grove took second place with 18.05 pounds. The big bass, a 7.02 pounder, was caught my Mike Smith of Southwest City. The stringers dropped off pretty fast after the top ten.
163 boats fished the event going out of Red 11 Boat Ramp.
A lot of rain has fallen on the Lake. The watershed may reach the 748 mark in a day or two.
The Department of Wildlife Conservation held a meeting Tuesday evening the Grove Community Center to inform the public about the status of Grand Lake Crappie. Representatives from the Wildlife Department were Jeff Boxrucher, Assistant Chief of the Department; Brent Gordon, Regional Supervisor from Jenks; Cliff Sager, fish biologist, and Kyle James a staff member.
The representatives reported on the surveys and netting they did in 2007 on Grand Lake. Findings showed that out of the past seven years we had six years with very low runoff coming in the lake. Successful Crappie spawn is dependent on plankton, which the fry live on for the first year of life. Missing several years in a row with low runoff kept the crappie from reaching the four-inch size when they can then eat minnows and shad. The result is that we missed four or five years in a row of no new Crappie.
The meeting was well attended with questions of all kinds asked about the Crappie.
Have the ten inch size limit made any difference? Not much was the answer. Stocking Crappie was mentioned - which may help and may not. The Crappie will be back, but Mother Nature seems to be the one that is going to have more to do with it than anything else.