I’m betting not many locals are going to read this, or I would have to keep this little secret to my self. The Bass are back in the Lacon marina. For about 15 years now I have been catching Large Mouth in the marina on a regular basis. It started one evening when I was jonesing for some fishing, but all of the spots I had been fishing, especially ones I had confidence in, were to far away to make a run to that late in the day. I decided I might as well go down to the marina here in Lacon, five blocks from my house, and give that a try. I didn’t have much confidence in bank fishing on the river, but I figured it was better than sitting on the couch. To keep it simple I took one rod with me with one of my favorite lures on it, a Spinnerbait. As it turned out, what I learned that night would prove to be invaluable, because it has given me many hours of successful fishing over the past 15 years. That Marina holds fish. Especially at dusk and dawn, and especially Large Mouth Bass. Like any where you fish connected to the river, you never know what you will catch, but a lot of Large Mouth. Over the years the Bass I have caught have gotten smaller so I have downsized, much of the time, to an 1/8 oz Roostertail, or a small jig with a curly tail grub, but still finding good numbers of fish, and even the smaller fish can be fun on light tackle. Besides, like I mentioned earlier, it beats sitting on the couch.
This bite has remained quite consistent, except for during flooding, until last year. Last year the river was so low for so long that the marina just didn’t seem to be holding fish. At least not ones that I could catch, and other fisherman who had learned my secret and were used to catching fish there, told me they weren’t catching them last year either. Feeling certain that this was due to the prolonged period of very low water, I could not wait for this year to see if the Bass were back. But wait I did. Through all the flooding of this spring and early summer, I had to wait til the waters were at a level that would allow me to fish the marina. Once the waters were at a normal level, sure enough, I was able to start catching fish again, on a very regular basis, just down the street from my house.