Top water action.

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Top water action.

Postby angry john » Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:01 pm

We have lakes in my area that are motor-less and ones that are a free for all. I think i have figured out that using topwater in the motored lakes with high traffic is dam near useless. Is this a real observation or is it just me??? I have had this same experence on for motored lakes as i dont visit them as often, but i dont seem to have the same issues on my normal lakes.

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Re: Top water action.

Postby Sore Thumb » Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:26 pm

Down here on some of the heavily pressured lakes, the fish do tend to sulk in quieter areas and you need to put in extra effort to work out when they are feeding more actively. I would think it's a fairly common situation; imagine what it must be like with all the motor traffic and sounders pinging all over the place. Enough to put anyone off their food. A lot of blokes are now using Hydrowave technology to simulate feeding activity and encourage the fish to cooperate.

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Postby fishballer06 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:03 am

Even on bodies of water with unlimited HP boats, fish will still hit on topwater. Give it a shot during the times where boat traffic is low. Coincidentally, those times are the same times that the topwater bite is at its best. Very early morning, and late evening/dusk.

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Re: Top water action.

Postby jigapig » Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:20 pm

Storm chug bug will wake them up :D

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Postby Quillback » Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:59 pm

There's so much boat traffic in the lakes around here, the fish get conditioned to it. If a boat comes right over the top of them it may put them down for a few minutes, but they'll get back after the shad.

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Postby BigG » Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:37 am

I fish Pop R's off the grass lines on the river, which take a beating in the summer. I fish late in the afternoon with good success. The traffic has died down some by then, but is still there.

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Re: Top water action.

Postby stalking coyote » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:52 pm

We fish Barkley Lake in Kentucky all the time with the top water lures and it gets a ton of boat traffic every single day during the normal fishing season .. and we still kill them on top water .. But, the fish have to be hitting top water plugs at the time .. and the first hour to hour and a half after sunrise is generally the best .. but I've caught a lot of fish on top water down there at mid day as well .. it just depends on the activity of the fish and if they are feeding or not .. granted the more activity a lake has the shorter your window will generally be .. but they will still hit top water.

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Re: Top water action.

Postby ccass » Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:55 pm

It really depends what the norm is. If there are boats buzzing around all day, fish wont mind too much. I have seen weird times when a normally busy lake isnt as productive when the lake is quiet. I think they get used to whatever goes on.

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Re: Top water action.

Postby angry john » Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:17 pm

I think the real issue is that there are so few nice days in the Seattle area that when the sun comes out people churn up abandoned water to a froth and I should be happy any bait is working.

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Re: Top water action.

Postby BigAl23 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:58 pm

jigapig wrote:Storm chug bug will wake them up :D



I agree

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Re: Top water action.

Postby toddmc » Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:37 pm

As has been said, you have to get out early or late because that is when the topwater bite is usually best anyway. I've caught fish on some of the busier lakes around me with plastics during the middle of the day while jet skis are speeding over my line. The baitfish won't be up top very long while boat traffic is around them. I would use a dropshot or anything lower in the water column during the middle of the day in high traffic areas.

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Re: Top water action.

Postby lvang24 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:13 pm

if you go early morning find really calm spots by the shore and top water will usually kill it!

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Re: Top water action.

Postby chreim20 » Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:34 am

I picked up an Ima HeliPs prop bait topwater lure and I've had a lot of succes on it. I think because it's so unique and different and not everyone is throwing one it tends to get hit more.

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Re: Top water action.

Postby hungry_cow » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:35 am

I used to fish a lake with lots of boat traffic and they key for a good topwater bite was be on the lake early. When it was still mostly dark and just starting to get a light was when it would start and less than an hour after the sun starting coming up it would be over just when most of the bass boats would be launching.

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Re: Top water action.

Postby Randingo » Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:08 pm

Very early and very late are reliable times, but I've had good topwater action on even heavily trafficked lakes at all times of day, although not usually where I'm incessantly eating wakes. Fish will still use the surface as an edge they can trap prey against--it's just their nature.


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