Fishing was very tough due to the rain in the morning. About 10:30 am, the majority of the storm passed and the fish were on the chew. We were trolling on the south half of the west shore with great success.
The water condition was no where near as stained as it was two weeks ago after the major storm.
We were testing the same lures with different line sizes.
Two rods with (4 lb.) and two rods with (6 lb.)
The results were amazing to us, considering that the water was some what stained.
(14) fish on the (4 lb.) and (1) fish on the (6 lb.) which was lost at the boat.
Our most successful lure by far was a Black and Gold CD-5 Rapala. (12) fish.
Lures that were not working include, Tazmainan devils and Thomas Boyants. No fish were caught on lead core. No fish were caught on any bright color Rapalas, Pink or Orange.
We were trolling in a radical S-turn pattern from shallow water to deeper water due to the fact that we were one of only three boats on the water.
We were dragging our gear way back from the boat, at least 150 ft. Boat speed was 2.0 MPH.
We had some success at the mud line where the clear water met the stained water at the point of Woody's cove.
No fish were taken in deep water by the dam or rocky point. Nothing caught on mid-lake or the flats.
In summary, we found that after a storm at Irvine, the fish collected in clear water on the west shore about 20 ft deep.
One more thing, I highly recommend using ( 4 lb.) line for trolling.
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