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On Beautiful Tanwax lake. 170 foot fishing dock!
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Name: bassman72 Date: August 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got up early and was on the water just before 0600. Thought I would go for some largemouth action. a little fog early but it burned off quickly but stayed cool till about noon when I was leaving. I was the only boat on the water for the first few hrs which was kinda nice. I tried everything I could think of and only managed to catch one small one. I did miss on two other nice bites but for all my efforts only one fish. I tried flipping in the pads and around the docks and the one fish I caught came on a chatterbait I was running parallel to the pads as I scooted from one spot to another. I located a couple of textbook ledges that dropped from about 16ft to 22ft. I fished those ledges with everything and came up empty. I did notice the water temp had dropped quite a bit, it was down around 72 to start the day. The last time I was out there it was about 82. I went into this day knowing that Tanwax is a bipolar lake and that it can be good one day and the next under the same conditions tough as nails. I guess I got the tough day oh well very peaceful start and glad to be on the water honing my skills.

On another note, I try to have good boating/fishing etiquette when I'm out I give others plenty of space, that said. two other small boats came out. I was back in the pads flipping to a few holes and this guy comes fishing down the shoreline pads toward me. he gets so close he's casting right into the same areas I'm fishing. Is it asking to much for a little distance? I was not moving I was burred in the pads was it to difficult to go around and give me a little cushion. The other day I was at tapps and there were almost no other boats out and this jet ski had to run right past us a few times while were fishing. I guess we were in the only spot to drive a jet ski on that big ol lake. I almost snagged me one of those jet skiers with my jig they were so close. That may have gotten the point across. I don't ask much just a little space.
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Name: bassman72 Date: August 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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Been fishing smallmouth at Tapps all year and doing well. Needed a challenge and decided I needed to make sure I still know how to catch a largemouth. Hit Tanwax at first light. It was cloudy kinda cool and misty. Thought that might make for a good early top water bite. Nothing happening with the top water bite. Threw senko's around the docks and nothing. Did get a nice 2.2lbr on the senko in a pocket in the pads and a couple dinks. Morning action was slow. Once the sun came out around noon I started punching the pads with a jig and craw trailer. Think it was a pb&j color with a watermelon craw. Started catching them left and right. Really putting the jig in some tight places. Most of them were in the 1.5lb range. Smaller ones came on the outside edge of the pads also. I even had to hang over the boat and nearly go diving for one that was hung in the pads a foot or two down. Thank goodness for 30lb braid. All in all caught about 15 today. One of my best days on Tanwax. To bad my fishing partner (wife). Could not make it today. Maybe tomorrow. Sorry for the cheesy selfies she was asking for photos. I was solo and was not even gonna take any but she asked
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Name: stillyfisher Date: July 26, 2014 Rating:
 
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I drove a bus load of kids over to Camp Lakeview last Monday and came back rod in hand to take them home last night. Not really a bass fisher, but everybody seems to think Tanwax is a good bass lake and so why not give a shot. I can't pass up the opportunity to get a line in the water. My friend and I fished into the dark of night last night tossing frogs in the pads - lots of splashes but we couldn't seem to get the bass to eat the frogs. Maybe it was because the weeds were so thick. I don't think we were pulling it away from them.

This morning I went down to the dock at the camp and threw a texas rigged worm under the dock and caught a couple of 1 pounders, then caught a dink on a stick bait along the outside of the dock. I tried cranks, a buzz bait, a spinner bait, frogs in the pads again... nothing. Then I pitched a 5" green and white senko weightless under the dock again and caught a couple of better fish about 2.5 and 4 lbs. All the worm caught fish picked it up on the sink. Seems funny that I fished all over and around an expansive section of pads and the dock, and all the fish caught came from under the corner of the dock I was standing on.
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Name: Stansjoy Date: July 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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Went south to celebrate my grandson's (Benjamin) eighth birthday. Ben has been dying to go fishing with grandpa, so we headed to Lake Tanwax to see if we could get some perch to bite. Rented a boat at Rainbow Resort, they have been great to me in the past. Spent about five hours on the lake... tried several locations that have been good in the past, without a bite... headed for the "hunny hole" on the southeast shoreline, and began to hit some fish. My son Andrew, Ben and the next oldest (of four), Judah (five years old)... all caught fish, perch, LMB, and bluegill. Had a great day... grandpa kept the worms and maggots on the hooks and smiled all day long. Ben can cast a line with the best of them... going to be a dedicated fisherman. Amazed at the boys' patience and love of fishing already. Were entertained all afternoon by eagles and ospreys and a close up encounter along the shoreline by a doe and fawn.
Best rig was a small (1/16th oz.) crappie jig with a maggot. Bright sunshine all afternoon, temps nearing 80, water temp at 8', was 77 degrees. Was told at the resort, "don't even try for trout, they aren't biting anything!" No trophies today, but in grandpa's mind, one of the best fishin' days EVER!! PTL!
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Name: HunterT136 Date: July 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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Had a great day of fishing today at Tanwax lake. Best day I have had at this lake skipping senkos under docks between me and my buddy we caught 7 all over 1lb biggest 2.11lb Green pumpkin color senko. most caught before 1pm but caught one fish right before we left at 330. Fished mainly the rainbow resort side of lake.
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Name: bass kickin redneck Date: July 01, 2014 Rating:
 
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A nice morning at tanawax got there at 5:45am had the lake to myself got two little ones on the spro bronzeye shad in blue gill. Lost a nice.on at the boat started debating on boat flipping it or grab it and it came off I was kicking myself this is the reason I fish with a meat stick and 65# braid lol. got off the water around 9:00am when the skiers showed up
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Name: tuneweaver Date: June 23, 2014 Rating:
 
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On the water around 6 AM. Nice day, calm wind. I caught five bass(1, 1/12, 2 and 2 @2 1/2). The first fish was on sparse, shallow pads at 8:30(north side). My first pad fish in this lake. The other fish were caught between 10:30 and 12:30 on south (opposite Rainbow Resort) side. I tried swim baits and jerk baits but mostly threw black/blue jigs and 5" Senkos in green pumpkin. All fish came on the Senko. Man, they like that lure and color. Other than the first fish, all fish came off of docks. All strikes were aggressive. I'm still tying to figure this lake out. I can't get them to take anything but the Senko. Not that I'm complaining but it would be nice to get them to take something else. Next trip I'm going to try buzz baits and frogs too. I'm still looking for the big one(aren't we all?).
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Name: tuneweaver Date: June 02, 2014 Rating:
 
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Another frustrating day on Tanwax. Calm day, warming trend, prespawn/spawn period. I think Helen Keller could have found a boat load on a day like that. I somehow got two bass to impale themselves on my hook, each about 1 1/2 lbs. I swear Tanwax bass have not seen the rule book. I know there are a bunch of nice fish in that lake but where the hell are they? I still have yet to catch a fish on lily pads and only one on shallow wood. I still have yet to catch a fish on any other lure than a 5" Senko. The only productive(semi-productive?) pattern I've found is under docks. Not next to the docks but skipping the lure under them. I'm serious. No other lure, no other location. Also, I've never caught a fish there before 10:30 AM. Other than one fish all success has come on the side of the lake opposite Rainbow resort. I've tried spinner baits, cranks, worms, Senkos, lizards, topwater and jigs. I like the lake and will continue to try to solve the mystery. Any pearls of wisdom from you guys will be much appreciated. I refuse to let this lake beat me.
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Name: bassman72 Date: May 31, 2014 Rating:
 
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Only had about two hours to fish from about 6-8 pm after pulling the kids around on the tube for a while. Punching a jig n pig (black and blue) in the pockets of the pads near timber. Caught one nice 3 pounder. Gonna have to fish it a little more I know there are some nice ones I here. Last year I caught one close to 5 lbs.
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Name: kevinb Date: May 27, 2014 Rating:
 
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Enjoyed a day off work as did my son from school. Put the boat in around 11. Very first cast of the day yielded an aggressive largemouth bass at about 2 pounds but quickly went silent after that. Tried for crappie and perch using jigs, bait but no such luck. Saw a few trout active on the surface but our highlights would be the regular visiting hawks and eagles. Oh well, a great day on the water with my son and daughter.
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