Bass under the dock at Ballinger

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species' started by Rory McMahon, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Rory McMahon

    Rory McMahon Active Member

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    Well, i might have been overestimating now that i think about it, but not by much. It was atleast 25", and im guessing around 27". Im sure that fish has seen every jig, spinnerbait, and soft plastic. But has it seen a 6 inch olive bunny leech?
     
  2. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    My Wife grew up on Ballinger. One of her brothers use to dive for golf balls, so, he spent a lot of time down on the bottom. I could tell you a few things:rofl: Butt, that would be giving up the family secrets. I don't want them sending someone after me!!!

    On a more serious note. If your going to take fish from that lake, better stick to the planters.
    Ballinger is a man made lake, in a city. All of it's water, came from peoples yards and two golf courses.
    To get as big as described, the bass are four to five years old. Think of all the accumulated pcb's and heavy metals they are carrying around.

    If you want to go after the big old boys, try a bait pattern, trolled slow and low.
    Good luck.
    Jeff
     
  3. HauntedByWaters

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    He is right. The way they catch HUGE bass on some California Lakes is by trolling ultra-realistic rainbow trout lures in the 10-16" range....BIG... It is pretty rediculous. Anyway, I have caught my biggest bass trolling huge disgusting streamers slowly along weed beds at around 10 feet deep. All the biggest bass come while fishing so slow it is crazy. I used to cast rubber lizards and retrieve them at one spin reel crank turn every 2 minutes! No joke! Go big and SUPER SLOW MOTION. Oh and don't weight your flies. Bass HATE weight and spit stuff out REALLY fast if it is heavy.
     
  4. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I used to live in that area. I did since 1956. I don't recall anybody saying that this is a man made lake. If is was it was made before you or I were born. There used to be a house on that island in the middle of the lake. But a few kids in the summer time went over there and burned it down. Fire dept. couldn't put out the fire as their hoses weren't long enough.

    Just a little history.

    Jim
     
  5. Josh Brower

    Josh Brower AKA Salmon, Trout, Steelheader

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    i have seen that bass too. i was there a week or so ago and i almost caught it too. i was trout fishing and saw him swim by. i totaly believe you Rory. and yes it was atleast 10lbs.
     
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    The mercury is not coming from runoff in most cases. Coal fired power plant emissions are distributing it globally via the atmosphere. China is turning on a new coal fired power plant EVERY THREE DAYS to give you a picture of where we are headed. We don't just get cheaper goods from our explotation of low wage chinese labor. These are not the newer much cleaner type power plants. This is why there is mercury in the lakes in The Northwest Territories for example. It is also why as far as mercury goes the warning is statewide. Of course some water has other toxic elements which just add to the problem. Lower Yakima would be an example. Ever notice that pretty jet black purplish sand on some shores at Banks Lake or on the upper Columbia? That's coming from our friends north of the border and it ain't sand....
    It's an interesting game we humans play with ourselves. We spend untold fortunes to solve diseases. We spend tons of money on medications to try to maintain quality of life. Yet we continue to create things that cause these problems in the first place. Reminds me of dog chasing his tail sometimes.
     
  7. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    I Still have relatives on the lake and it's not man made. The cray fish can nip your toes once in a while.

    Daryle
     
  8. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    Hay Daryle, The lake IS man made. It was made as a mill pond for the lumber-mill that was were the public golf-coarse is now. The island, made from stumps. There is even a old roadbed going across the middle of the lake from East to West.

    My wife grew up in the old Judge Ballinger house, Hence the name of the lake. After the mill cleared the area, he bought the land and turned the mills bunkhouse into his family home. The house that use to set out on the island. He built (rumor has it) was for his Mistress. It had a foot bridge going to it.

    The Lawrence's bought the house in the mid 60's and over the years, did research the background.
    Jeff
     
  9. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    I haven't so much as seen a fish in Ballinger
     
  10. RonnyBadd

    RonnyBadd Fly Fisher

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    I grew up near Ballinger. Used to fish it every night after school for bass. I would nock em dead with fly poppers. Every once in a while I will go back for old times sake. I never catch anything anymore. Well stocker trout but never bass. Something changed at Ballinger since I was a kid.