Freshwater report/ OK./Silver River
Thank you T.S. Fay;
Since T.S. Fay made landfall last week, the O.K. river has been overflowing its banks for the first time in many months.Bass fishing in general had been slow for the past several weeks or so , or at least it had been in my world, and I ‘d kinda been expecting it to improve after this new influx of water…
Well, Sunday 8/31 we fished the river and bagged 27 Bass using 3 dozen wild shinners, in 2 and1/2 hours! 5 of the 27 fish were over 6 lbs.
Silver River Snagged
The Silver River remains severely blocked due to downed tree’s and huge snags.
Contact your local Army Corps or Saint Johns Water Management office to voice your concerns.
“The squeaky wheel gets the grease”!
Thanks to Tropical Storm Fay, water levels on the Silver and Oklawaha Rivers have risen dramatically.
On Monday, we did a re-con trip and found the dock at the Ocala Boat Basin about a foot under water.
The Silver River entrance was virtually blocked by downed trees. We did manage to get down the Oklawaha River a couple of miles, dodging submerged trees and snags most of the way. Because of the flooded woods, and still rising waters, expect more of these obstructions in the near future. Be careful.
The bad news is that in the short term this will hinder fishing and boating due to downed trees, impossible snags, and racing currents. The good news is that in the long run the water temps will decrease and the fishing will improve. Remember the Sept. 2004 hurricanes? By October of that year the fishing was good and flow of the rivers was practically back to normal.
Bass fishing on the Oklawaha River has been hit and miss lately. Lots of small schooling large mouth everywhere, but the big-uns we’ve really had to work for. On the other hand, if you like Pike(Chain Pickerel), fishing the action is non stop. The best bet is to use downsized light action tackle for the schoolers (they like Rapalas Original Floating Twitch Bait). For the big-uns use wild shiners in the heavy cover and deep holes (the pike are stupid and will hit anything).