lake Morena update

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  1. William Campbell

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    Just talked to ranger at Lake Morena. Lake is open now for private launching or shore fishing but NO boat rentals.
     
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    Thanks for letting us know
     
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    Is it worth the drive? (Like I'm actually going to get an honest answer):emoji_smirk:
     
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    Worth it if you know how to fish the place... Biggest bass in volume according to sources, loads of edibles and that's before you think of the carp
     
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    Not after the last time I was there unless you like to fish for carp. Probably about 5 years ago almost right around this time or early April I went up in my kayak with visions of catching nice bass. It was cold and I fished tons of spots all day and threw tons of baits that work on any lake with bass. Bottomline....got I bite and a tiny bass right before I left. If I wanted carp, there were thousands of them breaking the surface and cruising around. It was a long drive home and I swore I would never go back there again.

    Now 25-30 years ago or so.....I would be up there waiting for the lake to open as the bass fishing was outstanding.
    Sorry for the blurry pic...we used cheap cameras in those days for photos
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    11lbs. on 5" Cinnamon Blue Worm from the Worm Store in El Cajon
    (Had to use both my skinny arms to hold it up)
     
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    Due to low water levels a couple of years ago the bass population was and still is low. Last four times I went nary a bite. But, if you need to get on water - any water - you can whet your appetite there. Beware of many hidden boulders just below the surface which are mostly invisible due to prevailing wind. I don't think the risk in a bass boat is worth the slim rewards.
     
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    True that. I have beaned props on at least two occasions out there, back in the day.:emoji_rolling_eyes:
     
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    I never forget the time decades ago with my buddy Joe. We were fishing in his Skeeter bass boat and catching lots of bass, then the winds blew us over some rocks and a big screeching sound came from underneath his boat as the rocks scraped the fiberglass. I’ll never forget that that day and I always used to think maybe I should invest in a small aluminum boat to take up there but it never materialized.
     
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    VinnyBass , you gotta buy a boat! They don't just appear!
     
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    Yeah....figured that an aluminum boat would take the rocks and scapes better and started to do research on Fisher-Marine boats etc. Oh course...like I mentioned....the boat never materialized. Then years later I was excited every time I went to the BPS and they had those Tracker Pro 175 & 190 and I wanted one. The price was not too steep and one day I was talking to Joe and told him what I am going to buy. I will never forget some of his advise that day.. Basically he told me that the knows how much I love bass fishing and later on when the winds are blowing you over the place in that aluminum boat you are going to wish you went straight to a fiberglass boat which is heavier and more stable instead. You are going to buy a fiberglass boat somewhere down the road anyway, so why not invest in one of those now. I did research and eventually bought my first Ranger bass boat. Never thought much again about aluminum boats as I really enjoyed my Ranger.
    What's funny is I had kidded around with Deb on some of our recent trips to Vegas at the BPS there. When we are driving through the back parking lot I see some of those small aluminum boats and tell her I think I should buy one of those small aluminum boats and she says don't you have a nice boat and kayak?....Anyway where would you put the boat? I look at her and softly whisper.."in your garage?" and based on her look I quickly say "what casino do you want to go to first?".... while glancing back at the boats. :)
     
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    I started fishing the Bay in a 14' Aluminum Sears John Boat. Had a 7.5 horse Elgin on it. Had a ton of fun with my boys in that boat. Had to row it all the way back to Shelter Island, from the Carrier area, twice!

    By the time the girls were old enough to fish we had a Tri Hull fiberglass with a 50 Johnson. Then we got the boat I still have. Never anything new, sometimes a lot of work, but always rewarding!

    I need to go out and start the boat today!
     
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    Maybe it’s time again. 92699B6B-EF91-44A1-BC30-55CCD4C42095.jpeg
     
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    If they would just put and keep some water in that lake! Best looking structure ever!
     
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    Oh yeah Lake Morena my all time fav. S.D. lake. Lived in the village back in the 80's....yeah Bassrunner i fished the 86 and 87 Tournaments.... 100_5172.JPG
     
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    They just close . I just talk to the ranger so all lakes are close now
     
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    Oh....how I miss The Worm Store!!!!
    Ron made the best plastics including his Reapers.
    I won a 60 boat tourney in Wisconsin a decade ago....and smoked the field with his worms....and most the anglers around me.were fishing worms as well as scratching their heads.
     
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    Dang... that must of been exciting!!!
    I remember buying lots of reapers there.
    Mostly smoke and Christmas tree colored reapers. They were deadly at all SD lakes. And every year when I go back to Pennsylvania to visit relatives me and my uncle would fish every day and those Northern bass would gobble up those reapers left and right. And Little Mothers(or was it Little Mutha?) worms were amazing! I think I might even have a few packs of them in the garage somewhere along with some Green Weenies and some reapers still left.
    I really miss that store because it was always fun to go in and chat with Ron about fishing and of course check out his great collection of worms.
     
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    I got my PB 12lb 6oz from Morena back in the early 80s. Shore fishing in waders with water right up to the chest line. This was just a few years after the massive El Nino events of the late 70s that raised the water level so high that Morena was constantly spilling....was like that for several years. These were the same storms that raised El Cap 19 feet in one day. Goat island was really an island. 100+ fish days were common. No boats were allowed at the time and you had to hike from the honor camp over to the west shore for bass that I am sure had never seen a lure. Always a surprise on the way with lots of huge rattle snakes and you would meet an occasional bull as you broke your way through the head high weeds. One rattle snake fell out of a tree and almost went down my friends waders. This was just before they got their massive rental fleet of 8 boats. I sure do miss those days.
     
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    Well written nostalgia piece, Jrkbait!
     
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