I read some of the negative reviews and I could not help but wonder if it was a case of lack of skill, or has the lake degraded over the years. I fished this place regularly since I was a kid, and you could say I learned how to fish on it.
I started out last week working the shoreline with a Mimic Minnow spinnerbait and alternating with a 1/4 oz. jig and pork frog near the islands. Took two 14" bass on successive casts along Renwick Road shoreline. Hooked and lost another one by the boat close to Trout Haven. Worked back up the opposite side and caught another bass about 16 inches, and a little pig about 8 inches that decided he was ready for a big minnow. I released all these fish unharmed. Was getting tired of casting so I switched up and took the boat out into the main lake using a direct sight between the bait shop and the bathroom at the far end of the lake. Anchored off a submerged weed bed and used chicken livers and shrimp that I kept cold in my cooler. Landed four channel catfish in about an hour and a half in between 2 and 4 pounds. In between strikes I kept myself amused using a ultralight with a casting bubble and some McGinty dry flies. Landed about 20 little bluegills. A few of them a bit on the fat and sassy side.
So, if you can read structure, cast accurately, and understand your quarry's habitat, you can still catch plenty of fish out of this lake.
- Also Known As:
- Plainfield Fishing Hotel Plainfield