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Name: The Jigmiester Date: April 04, 2012 Rating:
 
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Man...I love the springtime! I hooked up with my good buddy Travis Cullinan for some top notch bass fishing today. We hit a grassy slough off of Frenchmens Hills wasteway near the I road ponds this afternoon. My Lunar fishing time predicted a good bite if the weather held and we weren't dissapointed. I caught a decent 2 pound bass on a new "Snakehead" worm prototype. But the hot "Bug" was a 3" "Stone Dragun" Jig, the slightly larger brother to my "Rock Dragun" grub. I've been making these Stone Dragun jigs specificclay to mimic salmon/stone fly larvae for salmon and steelhead. But As soon as I rigged up a smoke/pepper Stone Dragun on a 1/16th oz.jighead and dipped the tail in chartruse (See pics below)it was fish on! Solid 1 1/2 lb to 3 pound bass hit it like crazy. Many fish took the jig as soon as the lure hit the water. I lost count of the number of largemouth bass we caught(near 40 or so) but it was a hella good day till the cold frontal system hit. A number of smaller bass also found it appealing as well. I tried a smoke blue Dragun Nymph but the smoke colored bug was definately the hot bait. Now I hope to catch some nice crappie/bass tomarrow while fishing with my buddy Fishin' Christian. Good luck guys. Jiggy p.s. (field testers wanted...Lol)
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Name: DAngler Date: August 31, 2008 Rating:
 
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Arrived at the wasteway canals around 1:00pm, for some bass fishing.
Caught a real nice largemouth almost immediately... Didn't have a tape or scale, but i would guess around 17 inches.
Stayed until around 6pm and only caught one more, another nice-sized largemouth.
Both caught with a white, baitless spinner... No bites on my green baitless, or hook & worm.

Catch and release today... pics to come
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Name: natethegreat47 Date: March 15, 2008 Rating:
 
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My brother in law and I went fishing at Lower Goose and got skunked, the previous weekend we caught two good size largies. The fishing sucked the next weekend so we went to a lake that i scoped out the previous day, frenchman hills lake off of road d onFrenchman hills road just near dodsen rode in grant county. I live in george and i have to say that the area is full of good fishing holes. But Frenchman was full of surprises. I got on the water around noon, i fished for maybe 30 minutes before i got my first hit. It was a big one! the fish was on and flashed, despite the cloudy water, she was a biggin! Then she threw the hook. i watched her wake as she shot off for cover across the lake. i quickly casted way out in front of her and slow retrieved the lure back. She hit it again! This time i set the hook and let her tire herself out. The fight lasted for almost 15 minutes. When i netted her i was ecstatic! this fish was at least five pounds and fat. she swallowed the bait and i hooked her in the nose! i continued fishing after that thinking i would not get anymore fish that day but i was wrong. By three thirty i had caught six largies total. All over ten inches and a two more over 14inches! When we returned the nest day my brother in law fished fro the shore line in waders and got skunked but i was on a pontoon inflatable and caught two more good size bass! With water coming in for the water district the level of Frenchman will rise considerably and the fish will work themselves out. I recommend trying this lake to anyone who is getting skunked, heck you might get lucky.
Tackle: I used an Okuma spinning reel with my secret 6 foot 6 inch medium action rod, with ten pound flourocarbon line. i used a gama single barbed off set worm hook and the mother of all poor water clarity baits, a Zoom 8 inch black and red vibrotail soft worm. I would cast right along the reed banks and let the bait sink in the few feet f water, then i would do a slow steady retrieve, the fish were hitting the bait hard! Every fish i caught had the bait deep in the mouth and almost every fish was set in the nose. Try it. If the water clarity is clearer i would move to a pumpkin or a green finesse worm and try a slow retrieve or a slo jerked retrieve. Happy Fishing!
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Name: John Kruse Date: October 10, 2003 Rating:
 
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Fished a few lakes and ponds off of Frenchman's Wasteway while waiting for the duck hunting opener on Saturday. Fishing was slow. My friend Rusty and I caught 4 small bass - the largest of which was a pound - using jigs and spinnerbaits.

We fished the afternoon. Weather was variable (a front was moving in). Not a bad way to pass the time though!
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Name: John Kruse Date: August 31, 2003 Rating:
 
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Scouted for ducks and fished Frenchman Hill's Lake and the wasteway for a couple of hours. Was accompanied by my friend Rusty and his friend, Lisa. Saw a few ducks and caught a few fish (I have to emphasize the word "few" in both categories).

Total catch - 2 small perch, 3 small bass, and the big fish of the day - one largemouth bass of about 11 inches.

Oh well - as always - it was nice to be outside!
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Name: John Kruse Date: September 28, 2002 Rating:
 
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I took a fishing rod with me this weekend while scouting for ducks on Frenchman's Wasteway. I only fished from shore in a few places, but was rewarded with a nice 1 1/2 pound smallmouth that took a jig/grub combo I tossed out. He went back to grow a bit larger for the next fisherman to catch.

Other than that, only a six inch smallmouth landed and the sight of a few large carp that would have been fun to hook if I could have. The weather was nice and the crowds were minimal.
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Name: John Kruse Date: September 07, 2001 Rating:
 
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Frenchman's Hill Lake is a wide part of Frenchman's Wasteway, which flows into Potholes Reservoir. There are, in fact, numerous lakes and potholes that are part of the wasteway or just off of it along it's length from the Reservoir to Adams Road.

I was scouting some of them for today in anticipation of the upcoming waterfowl season and brought along my fishing rod. On the first stop, a four acre pond connected to the Wasteway, I saw only carp in the very shallow water.

The second "pothole" was actually a 20 to 30 acre lake that ran to about 10 feet deep. Trolling a small Rattletrap I caught one 12 inch, healthy looking largemouth bass and lost another of similar size. The lake also had tons of carp, but unfortunately I had no worms or corn ):

All in all, a pleasant day, The weather was mild, as were the breezes. These lakes might be worth a stop for the cast and blast angler/hunter come October!
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