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...... around there in certain spots (later) we've always ended up having to raise the jet and clear it off . Been two years since I fished it last .
For the most part there's plenty of open un-grassed water without that problem , but to and from the launch seems to always be thick when the grass is in full bloom .
It really is a GREAT stretch of river around there . Any more I'll tie a short steelon leader on and use 15/4 braided because just about every time out there we get hit by surprise Muskies , sometimes several times a day . Even though I think the braid and steelon hinders the Smallie bite some , one gets tired of loosing lures to the surprise Muskies .
There are definately some huge Muskies in there , quite a few of them . If I lived around there with a canoe I'd be regularly dragging around a live bait rig (as in 8"-12" bait) on large float (locked in) , while working the spinning rod for Smallies .
last time there we were plucking Smallies off the shoreline and a Muskie takes my spinner . The line doesn't break right away and the Muskie heads for deeper water so I think maybe I'll get lucky cause the fight was on for a 1/2 minute ... then it cuts and all gone . I says to the nephew I thought maybe there was a chance . Nephew acts like he didn't notice what just happened and makes fun of me saying it wasn't Muskie and I didn't know how to play a fish ... Ha , Ha , less than minute later he gets nailed by a Muskie and starts getting all excited , then he breaks off saying did you see that monster , what a powerful fish ... I said , what fish you were snagged cause you don't know how to retrieve your spinner w/o getting hung up !! ... he says , no it was a Muskie ... I say sure , sure it was , don't you mean a Carp .
Leighrobin has been on me for a few years now to carry a net on the canoe (which I don't) because she's afraid to touch a Muskie for fear of getting sliced and chewed up .