Category: Top 5

Top 5 Stats

Eleven more bass join during the month of July to bring our 2019 total to 60. And what’s pretty cool about those catches is that they came from six different Top 5 anglers. The more, the merrier, as the saying goes. And how about a new Top Bass for the year from our Top 5 leader, Jim Junk.

2019 Totals (* = new record)
January = 1 bass
February = no submissions
March = 8 bass
April = 14 bass
May = 12 bass
June = 14 bass
July = 11 bass

Top 5 Weight by Month (* = new record)
January = 3-3 (one bass)
February = no submissions
March = 19-3 (4-8,4-2,4-1,3-5,3-3)
April = 19 -10 (4-1,4-1,4-0,3-12,3-12)
May = 19-1 (4-6,4-0,3-15,3-10,3-2)
June = 19-15 (4-3,4-1,4-1,3-15,3-11)
July = 13-15 (5-3,3-14,1-15,1-8,1-7)

Boat vs. Bank
Boat = 17 bass
Bank = 43 bass

Boat vs. Bank Weight (* = new record)
Boat = 14-0 (3-14,3-11,2-4,2-4,1-15)
Bank = 22-6 (5-3,4-8,4-2,4-6,4-3)

Public vs. Private
Public = 47 bass
Private = 13 bass

Public vs. Private Top 5 Weight
Public = 22-6 (5-3,4-8,4-6,4-2,4-3)
Private = 15-11 (3-14,3-10,3-2,2-10,2-7)

The Baits (* = new record)
Plastic Worm = 22 bass (Top Bass 4-3 Jim Junk)
Chatterbait = 11 bass (Top Bass 5-3 Jim Junk)
Lipless Crankbaits = 7 bass (Top Bass 4-8 Jim Junk)
Spinnerbaits = 8 bass (Top Bass 3-10 Chris Schwarz)
Buzzbait = 3 bass (Top Bass 2-4 Troy Jackson)
Jigs = 3 bass (Top Bass 2-10 Troy Jackson)
Crankbait = 2 bass (Top Bass 3-11 Chris Schwarz)
Underspin = 2 bass (Top Bass 4-6 Jim Junk)
Livebait = 1 bass (Top Bass 4-1 Jim Junk)
Topwater Frog = 1 bass (Top Bass 1-1 Landon Hannam)

Monthly Top Bass (* = new record)
January
3-3 Jim Junk
February
No submissions
March
4-8 Jim Junk
April
4-1 Jim Junk
May
4-6 Jim Junk
June
4-3 Jim Junk
July
5-3 Jim Junk

Top 10 Bass (* = new Top 10 all-time)
5-3 Jim Junk 7/28
4-8 Jim Junk 3/28
4-6 Jim Junk 5/14
4-3 Jim Junk 6/14
4-2 Jim Junk 3/30
4-1 Jim Junk 3/31
4-1 Jim Junk 4/10
4-1 Jim Junk 4/13
4-1 Jim Junk 6/20
4-1 Jim Junk 6/28

Angler Weights
Jim Junk 22-6 (5-3,4-8,4-6,4-2,4-3)
Chris Schwarz 15-8 (3-11,3-10,3-2,2-10,2-7)
Troy Jackson 13-3 (3-14,2-10,2-4,2-4,2-3)
Brent Jackson 6-9 (1-12,1-10,1-2,1-1,1-0)
Landon Hannam 4-7 (1-4,1-2,1-1,1-0)
Terry Jackson 3-13 (1-15,1-1,0-13)
Jayce Jackson 2-13 (1-8,1-5)
John Kirkemo 2-12 (1-7,1-5)

Other Species
Bluegill 1-8 Teagan Mills 6/2/19 Private pond
Channel Catfish 13-0 Teagan Mills 4/20/19 Private Pond
Catfish 6-9 Chris Schwarz 6/12/19 Spring Lake – McDonough County
Catfish 34-35” Chris Schwarz 6/2/19 Spring Lake – McDonough County
Muskellunge 6-4 Chris Schwarz 6/28/19 Lake Storey

Always interesting to see what August holds in store as it is typically a down month in terms of contributions. The lingering “dog days” can have an effect and anglers with a full creel often find it to be a tall order to cull some of their catches. Including myself, most of us still have plenty of room for a 2019 boost. Here’s hoping some of us have an opportunity to get it done. And if you have any July stragglers, go ahead and send ‘em my way. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

A good summer turnout for this week’s update with five anglers in the mix. We’ll kick it off with a report from Top 5 angler, Chris Schwarz, who participated in a recent bass tourney on the Mississippi River followed by the other anglers and their catches.

Weight: 3-6
Angler: Chris Schwarz
Angler Comments: I fished in a Quad City Bass Club tournament on Sunday, July 14th. Me and my partner took 9th out of 26 boats. I caught a 3.38, which took 3rd for big bass of the tournament. This fish was caught on a bluegill colored square bill off of a lay down in 4 feet of water. We were fishing a section of Rock Creek, which is in pool 14. I didn’t have a picture of the fish, but I included our tournament results from the QCBC website.

Weight: 1-8 (14.5”)
Angler: Jayce Jackson
Date: July 26
Location: Lake Storey
Lure: Weighted Senko wacky rig (watermelon/crème laminate)
Structure: Point

Weight: 1-5 (13.5”)
Angler: Jayce Jackson
Date: July 26
Location: Lake Storey
Lure: Weighted Senko wacky rig (watermelon/crème laminate)
Structure: Point
Top 5 Weight: 2-13 (1-8,1-5)

Weight: 1-15 (16”)
Angler: Terry Jackson
Date: July 27
Location: Knox County private strip mine
Lure: Senko wacky rig (smoke)
Structure: Point

Weight: 1-1 (15”)
Angler: Terry Jackson
Date: July 27
Location: Knox County private strip mine
Lure: Senko wacky rig (smoke)
Structure: Point

Weight: 0-13 (12.5”)
Angler: Terry Jackson
Date: July 27
Location: Knox County private strip mine
Lure: Senko wacky rig (smoke)
Structure: Point
Top 5 Weight: 3-13 (1-15,1-1,0-13)

Weight: 3-14 (20”)
Angler: Troy Jackson
Date: July 27
Location: Knox County private strip mine
Lure: Weighted Senko wacky rig (watermelon/crème laminate)
Structure: Flat/overhanging bushes
Angler Comments: Fishing with Dad along one of the less appealing stretches of bank on an old favorite stomping ground and wound up with my Top Bass of 2019. While not a regular stop on our normal rounds, it will likely get a few casts in the future just in case.
Top 5 Weight: 13-3 (3-14,2-10,2-4,2-4,2-3) culls a 2-0

Weight: 5-3 (20.5”)
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: July 28
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Chatterbait
Angler Comments: Was throwing a chatterbait with some kind of grub type trailer and sort of still getting used to new baitcaster. Clearing a small rat’s nest from spool and line started moving to right as I was reeling in slack. Set the hook and landed without incident.
Top 5 Weight: 22-6 (5-3,4-8,4-6,4-2,4-3) culls a 4-1

How’s that for a “dog days” report? An impressive batch of catches proving that the best time to go fishing is any time you can. I am hoping for a full week of posts through Friday with a pair of firsthand fishing reports, another round of Top 5 Stats as we leave July behind (will still take any July submissions if you missed this week’s deadline) and the weekly Friday Flashback post. Plenty of fishing stuff, can never have enough, hope you’ll stop by for a daily escape. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

A couple anglers beat the heat in Knox County last week to provide us with another Top 5 update. Sounds like evening fishing was a hit and always a wise choice to improve your odds of a summer bite. Either that or the crack of dawn for any early risers.

Weight: 1-4
Angler: Landon Hannam
Date: July 15
Location: Lake Storey
Lure: Weedless wacky rigged Senko
Angler Comments: I was fishing off the dam and the fish hit the lure about 8 feet from the bank.

Weight: 1-0
Angler: Landon Hannam
Date: July 17
Location: Lake Storey
Lure: Weedless wacky rigged Senko
Angler Comments: Caught this bass fishing off the dock. The bass hit the lure right up at the bank. Also the same night I caught 6 bluegill and a crappie.
Top 5 Weight: 4-7 (1-4,1-2,1-1,1-0)

Note: Realized that I shorted Landon in failing to include one of his bass in the last Top 5 Stat Update. I have corrected as shown in his Top 5 Weight above and if anyone spots an error in my data or calculations just let me know and I’ll get it fixed)

Weight: 1-5
Angler: John Kirkemo
Date: July 17
Location: Lake Storey
Lure: Green Senko weedless wacky worm
Structure: South end of dam
Angler Comments: This fish was caught casting a wacky worm from shore at the south end of the Lake Storey dam at about 7:30 p.m. The weather was warm and humid. A brief rain shower passed over the area during the previous 90 minutes. Water was turbid. Aquatic vegetation appeared to be dying.
Top 5 Weight: 2-12 (1-7,1-5)

Nice job guys and always a treat to get a Lake Storey report as I’ve got just a little history with that old fishing hole. It can be a tough one and summertime presents even more of a challenge with excessive weed cover for an angler to combat. Here’s to getting out there and getting it done.

Stop on by again tomorrow for an annual July 23 post that dates back to 2011 with some “thoughts.” Warning that I may stray off the outdoor path a bit but still some standard topics that pop up around here from time to time. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

Welcome our first July submission as things have been a little lean with the “dog days of summer” continuing to bear down on the region.

Weight: 1-7
Angler: John Kirkemo
Date: July 13
Location: Knox County private strip mine
Lure: Senko weedless wacky rig
Structure: Open Water
Angler Comments: Fished a private Knox County strip pit with a local legend as a guide. The weather conditions were brutal: Intense sun, no clouds, high air and water temperatures and only an occasional light breeze. This fish hit a wacky rig in open water not close to any visible structure.
Top 5 Weight: 1-7

Great to have you on board again, John. Definitely a fun submission in the case of this bass as those surroundings look a little familiar. Always handy when you have a photographer on board to assist with a quality photo as well. Just saying…

I encourage everyone to stop back by later this week for another look at this catch and more in the latest fishing report. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Stats

Busy beginning of July behind and busy week ahead so scrambling to get an overdue monthly stat update out there. Also have a fishing trip in the books for this weekend pending a report and the always eagerly anticipated Friday Flashback. So much outdoors, so little time to compose. Okay, here we go.

2019 Totals (* = new record)
January = 1 bass
February = no submissions
March = 8 bass
April = 14 bass
May = 12 bass
June = 14 bass
July = 1 bass

Top 5 Weight by Month (* = new record)
January = 3-3 (one bass)
February = no submissions
March = 19-3 (4-8,4-2,4-1,3-5,3-3)
April = 19 -10 (4-1,4-1,4-0,3-12,3-12)
May = 19-1 (4-6,4-0,3-15,3-10,3-2)
June = 19-15 (4-3,4-1,4-1,3-15,3-11)
July = 1-7 (1-7)

Boat vs. Bank
Boat = 11 bass
Bank = 39 bass

Boat vs. Bank Weight (* = new record)
Boat = 10-12 (3-11,2-4,2-4,1-7,1-2)
Bank = 21-4 (4-8,4-2,4-6,4-3,4-1)

Public vs. Private
Public = 41 bass
Private = 9 bass

Public vs. Private Top 5 Weight
Public = 21-4 (4-8,4-6,4-2,4-3,4-1)
Private = 14-1 (3-10,3-2,2-10,2-7,2-4)

The Baits (* = new record)
Plastic Worm = 13 bass (Top Bass 4-3 Jim Junk)
Chatterbait = 10 bass (Top Bass 4-2 Jim Junk)
Lipless Crankbaits = 7 bass (Top Bass 4-8 Jim Junk)
Spinnerbaits = 8 bass (Top Bass 3-10 Chris Schwarz)
Buzzbait = 3 bass (Top Bass 2-4 Troy Jackson)
Jigs = 3 bass (Top Bass 2-10 Troy Jackson)
Crankbait = 2 bass (Top Bass 3-11 Chris Schwarz)
Underspin = 2 bass (Top Bass 4-6 Jim Junk)
Livebait = 1 bass (Top Bass 4-1 Jim Junk)
Topwater Frog = 1 bass (Top Bass 1-1 Landon Hannam)

Monthly Top Bass (* = new record)
January
3-3 Jim Junk
February
No submissions
March
4-8 Jim Junk
April
4-1 Jim Junk
May
4-6 Jim Junk
June
4-3 Jim Junk
July
1-7 John Kirkemo

Top 10 Bass (* = new Top 10 all-time)
4-8 Jim Junk 3/28
4-6 Jim Junk 5/14
4-3 Jim Junk 6/14
4-2 Jim Junk 3/30
4-1 Jim Junk 3/31
4-1 Jim Junk 4/10
4-1 Jim Junk 4/13
4-1 Jim Junk 6/20
4-1 Jim Junk 6/28
4-0 Jim Junk 4/13

Angler Weights
Jim Junk 21-4 (4-8,4-6,4-2,4-3,4-1)
Chris Schwarz 15-8 (3-11,3-10,3-2,2-10,2-7)
Troy Jackson 10-14 (2-10,2-4,2-3,2-0,1-13)
Brent Jackson 6-9 (1-12,1-10,1-2,1-1,1-0)
John Kirkemo 1-7 (1-7)
Landon Hannam 1-2 (1-2)

Other Species
Bluegill 1-8 Teagan Mills 6/2/19 Private pond
Channel Catfish 13-0 Teagan Mills 4/20/19 Private Pond
Catfish 6-9 Chris Schwarz 6/12/19 Spring Lake – McDonough County
Catfish 34-35” Chris Schwarz 6/2/19 Spring Lake – McDonough County
Muskellunge 6-4 Chris Schwarz 6/28/19 Lake Storey

Thanks again everybody for the contributions. Summer gets tough between time and challenging fishing conditions but those fish are still there just got to give it a go. Top 5 Update tomorrow with our first July submission and I hope to get a fishing report out later this week with more details on the outing that produced the catch. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

Here’s a cool summer addition, one with teeth. Always exciting when you tie into one of these predators.

Weight: 6-4
Angler: Chris Schwarz
Date: June 28
Location: Lake Storey
Lure: Strike King Crankbait
Structure: 10’ of water off a laydown/brushpile
Angler Comments: I hit Lake Storey last week and caught 7 bass in 3 hours. They were all around 2 pounds and in about 7-10 feet of water. I caught all of them with a Strike King crankbait that ran 12 feet deep. I also caught this Muskie, which was a lot of fun!
Top 5 Weight: 6-4

Way to go, Chris. As a longtime Lake Storey angler, such catches always bring a smile, thanks for sharing. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

More bass for this week’s update starting with a couple that I neglected last week for my brother as I was too intent on getting out the scoop on our “100 Year Trip.” And once again Jim Junk comes through with two more quality Fulton County catches.

Weight: 1-0
Angler: Brent Jackson
Date: June 21
Location: Knox County strip mine
Lure: Mann’s 4- crankbait (wounded alewife)
Structure: Deep flat

Weight: 1-1
Angler: Brent Jackson
Date: June 21
Location: Knox County strip mine
Lure: Spinnerbait (white)
Structure: Weed edge/drop
Top 5 Weight: 6-9 (1-12,1-10,1-2,1-1,1-0)

Weight: 4-1
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: June 28
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Texas rigged Senko
Structure: Outside weed edge/pocket

Weight: 3-15
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: June 29
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Texas rigged Senko
Structure: Outside weed edge/pocket
Angler Comments: Two really nice fish but can’t cull.
Top 5 Weight: 21-4 (4-8,4-6,4-3,4-2,4-1)

The dog days of summer sure kicked into gear in a hurry in the area so it will be interesting to see if the catches continue to roll in. Those bass are still out there but sometimes get a little harder to find and fool. Regardless of the bite, there is a full week of posts coming your way with a fishing report, Trip Tunes and a Friday Flashback to get us through Fourth of July week. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

The hits keep coming as we transition from spring to summer, whatever that means these days. In fact, on the first full day of summer I headed out at dawn in long sleeves and a sweatshirt. 2019 just hasn’t been right.

Weight: 4-1
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: June 20
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Weedless Senko
Structure: Outlying weed edge
Angler Comments: At the end of a retrieve and a bass jumped and tried to strike as I was trying to get on top of outlying weed edge. One more cast to the same spot was rewarded with my first bass. It was on after that.

Weight: 3-0
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: June 22
Location: Knox County strip mine
Lure: Jig and worm
Top 5 Weight: Top 5 Weight: 21-4 (4-8,4-6,4-3,4-2,4-1)

Weight: 2-4
Angler: Troy Jackson
Date: June 22
Location: Knox County public strip mine
Lure: Booyah Buzz Buzzbait (snow white shad)
Structure: Weed edge
Angler Comments: A perfect setup for a buzzbait came through along the weed edge near the back of a pocket at the end of a main lake point. Always cool when you say, “There should be one here”, and there is.
Top 5 Weight: 11-5 (2-10,2-4,2-4,2-3,2-0) culls a 1-13

And a bonus submission that provides a classic example of the dilemma faced by the summertime bank angler.

The size is a surprise on these catches as Jim has to “unwrap” the bite from a hefty shroud of aquatic vegetation before the bass is revealed.

Weight: 2-3
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: June 20
Location: Banner Marsh

Way to go, Jim, and thanks again for your reliable Fulton County submissions and putting in the work to get them. Not to mention the work required once you get one hooked as shown above. Fun stuff.

And hey, not a lunker but sure is good to get my mug back on here again. Looking to post the report from the “100 Year Trip” as well as another outing later this week so stay tuned. Another batch of “Trip Tunes” also coming your way, combined from that pair of road trips. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

A productive week on the water gives the Top 5 a welcome boost with four anglers submitting their catches. Great to see such a good turnout from several bodies of water in the region.

Weight: 1-1 (14”)
Angler: Landon Hannam
Date: June 10
Location: Lake McMaster – Snakeden Hollow
Lure: Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog
Structure: Weed bed
Angler Comments: This was my first ever topwater fish. Had about eight strikes but only managed to hook one.
Top 5 Weight: 2-3 (1-2,1-1)

Weight: 3-4
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: June 10
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Texas rigged weightless Stik-O
Angler Comments: Summer fun fishing is back in full force at Banner. My prime spots have between 10 and 20 feet of muck between me and any open water.

Weight: 3-2
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: June 14
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Texas rigged weightless Stik-O
Angler Comments: Shallow point that leads out to what I believe is a shallow flat with open water as far as I can throw. Within the first few casts a healthy 3-2 started running with my Stik-O. Hard fight and managed to pull him through the weeds and get him landed.

Weight: 4-3
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: June 14
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Texas rigged weightless Stik-O
Angler Comments: The next cast really wasn’t a cast. I threw out as far as I could and was walking backwards with the bail open to get a small loop out of the spool. With the bail open my line started stripping off the spool. Closed the bail quickly and set the hook on a nice 4-3 that I managed to maneuver through the weeds and land.
Top 5 Weight: 21-4 (4-8,4-6,4-3,4-2,4-1) culls a 4-1

Weight: 3-11
Angler: Chris Schwarz
Date: June 12
Location: Spring Lake – McDonough County
Lure: Squarebill crankbait (bluegill)
Top 5 Weight: 15-8 (3-11,3-10,3-2,2-10,2-7) culls a 2-4

Weight: 1-12
Angler: Brent Jackson
Date: June 16
Location: Lake Storey
Lure: Senko wacky rig (bumblebee)

Weight: 1-2
Angler: Brent Jackson
Date: June 16
Location: Lake Storey
Lure: Buzzbait (yellow)
Angler Comments: A few other bites on topwater, lots of weeds.
Top 5 Weight: 4-8 (1-12,1-10,1-2)

Weight: 6-9
Angler: Chris Schwarz
Date: June 12
Location: Spring Lake – McDonough County
Lure: Squarebill crankbait (bluegill)
Angler Comments: Call me the catfish wizard! Haha! This was completely luck, but I managed to catch another nice fish on my bluegill colored squarebill.
Top 5 Weight: 6-9 along with a 35” cat that bottomed out a 6-pound scale

Well done guys, gave me a workout putting this update together. Definitely worth it and up for the challenge any time. If the weather cooperates perhaps I’ll get to join the fun later this week as I look to team up with one of the anglers above. Hope to post some other stuff throughout the week though so stay tuned and talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

A regular smorgasbord this week with three species and I believe from three different counties.

Weight: 1-10
Angler: Brent Jackson
Date: May 31
Location: Snakeden Hollow
Lure: Senko wacky rig
Top 5 Weight: 1-10
Editor’s Note: After hearing that Brent had fooled a qualifier I asked him if he had a picture. His response was “Yep, it’s a Jim Junk shot.” Had to laugh and indeed looks rather familiar.

Length: 34-35”
Angler: Chris Schwarz
Date: June 2
Location: Spring Lake – McDonough County
Lure: Squarebill crankbait (bluegill)
Structure: Submerged trees
Angler Comments: This was a lot of fun! Caught this fish on a bluegill colored square bill and it gave me a 10 minute fight of pulling drag craziness! I believe this is a blue cat, but maybe some of our catfish experts can help me out? My scale only read 6 pounds, but this fish measured around 34-35 inches, which would put it in the 15-17 pound range according to most length to weight conversion charts. I can tell you that it was way more than 6 pounds, ha!
Top 5 Length: 34-35”

Weight: 1-8
Angler: Teagan Mills
Date: June 2
Location: Private pond
Top 5 Weight: 1-8

Thanks guys for the variety, always good to see some fish in the Inbox and have something to offer on Mondays. I am trying to work out a time to chase some bass with the guy who posted the bass for today’s update so stay tuned. Not sure what sort of stunt we will pull but I’ve got one idea that could be interesting. Stay tuned and talk to you later. Troy