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Need help learning a new lake
I could use some help trying to figure out how to fish a lake.  My daughter and I really want to do some fishing this summer but want to move to bigger and better things than the family fishing waters.

We both have Kayaks and want to get out on some small lakes and catch something a little larger than the typical stocked trout.  My problem, I dont know how to find fish with a boat.  I am thinking about getting a fish finder.

I want to try Mann Creek reservoir.  We tried from shore a weekend ago but didnt get anything.  I had no idea where to go or what to fish with.  We tried some assorted spinners and a worm under a bobber.  Didnt feel like a work under a bobber was going to be very effective.  Didnt see anyone else catching anything.  We were on a beach like area near the dam (there is a parking area \ picnic area there)  There were 2 boats on the lake and a person on the dam.  No one seemed to be catching anything so that could be part of the probem.

What are some good things to do when coming to a new lake to find the fish, especially reserviors?  Reservoirs are odd for me because they change so much during the year.  Back in Iowa, water levels dont change a whole lot and once you find some structure or something, its always there.    Any advice for fishing Mann creek from shore?  How about from a Kayak?  What things do you look for in water conditions, specific water temp?  Are there features that you can see from shore that you target?  At Mann Creek I was thinking the shore along the west side looked steep so maybe the water is deeper close to shore. 

I need to find some success somewhere so I can get my daughter interested in trying new places.  I have tried 2 new areas this spring and they both have been a bust yet every time we go to our favorite spot at Wilson Springs, she always catches at least 2 trout, (4 last time we went or maybe its the same trout 4 times - hard to tell).  I want to get her somewhere we can catch something a little larger so she will be a little more excited about taking some short day trips.

One other question - is Paddock Valley Reservoir worth trying?

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Need help learning a new lake - by - 04-06-2020, 07:38 PM

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