After a big shad kill this past winter on the Ville, there have been a number of large Wipers in the 24" - 29" range caught this year.
Me ?? 21" is the largest I have been able hook up.
I haven't been able to put the time in this year .... busy at work.
It's been a little over a year since my last post . Wiper fishing is still alive and well in Iowa but the game has seemed to change .
After two hard winters our local reservoir became almost void of gizzard shad. No longer do we see numerous balls of shad covering lake like in 07. I can't say I have seen even one ball of shad in the "Ville" this year. There is a replacement in the food chain. These small pods of bait show up on the sonar as irregular shaped . The few Wipers I have kept as table fare have had these replacement fish in their stomachs. This past spring the corp maintained the water levels and gave these fish a great opportunity to reproduce in evidently large numbers. White Bass is the current food supply .
This has changed our tactics and locations on the lake. No longer will a fat wide blade bait produce like in 07/08. Sure they will work but not as well as a fast moving more slender lure.
The Wipers have left some areas of the lake and are more scattered . They hang in areas used by these little fast white bass. Trolling (for me) has become the most favored approach with speeds at 3 mph +. Slender baits along the edge of flats.
I have only two 20"ers to brag about this year from the Ville and hope the shad will return in 2010.
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