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Lagoon Fills, Fish Don't Bite? 5 months 3 days ago #1


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I fish a lot on Big Lagoon in California. In the rainy season, the lagoon fills until it breaches the sand spit between it and the ocean, and it empties out. It hasn't breached yet.

This photo shows the beach that is now completely underwater (current water level at red arrow):

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Here's how it is today (this is the road to that beach):

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Ever since it filled up, I haven't caught many fish. I've had trips with zero bites. I haven't seen rises, and the only bites I've gotten have been on the bottom.

Any tips on what's going on? Have the fish moved? Have they gotten sluggish with the colder water?

Any suggestions on how to catch more?

Thanks.
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Lagoon Fills, Fish Don't Bite? 5 months 11 hours ago #2


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If there are actively feeding fish to be had, they’re probably in newly flooded cover. I would thoroughly fish such areas with soft plastics or jigs. If a couple hours of that don’t produce anything, I would assume that they are scattered, possibly suspended, and not actively feeding. I would start fan casting with a fast moving search bait, trying to get an instinctive reaction bite. Most people go slow, small, and subtle when the bite gets tough, but Rat-L-Traps and buzzbaits have saved the day for me plenty times. Good luck!
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Lagoon Fills, Fish Don't Bite? 5 months 44 minutes ago #3


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Keith beat me to it, and (if you watch Youtube) Tactical Bassin' just did a video relating to this. As the water rises, fish tend to move into those new areas, searching for a meal. However, as they stated in the TB video, if it's too cold, they will pull back to deeper water. Also, he toyed with spinner versus jig (essentially shad imitator versus craw) to see what they were foraging for. Nothing on the jig (craw), short strikes on the spinner at 20-25 feet. They wanted shad. He changed to an underspin and fished the same area (less color and flash, but still SOME flash), and it was bite on.

Hope any of this helps.
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Lagoon Fills, Fish Don't Bite? 4 months 4 weeks ago #4


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Thanks, guys. I'll check out that video.

The lagoon just breached and dropped by eight feet overnight. But the bite has still been off. Very little jumping or rising and no bites.

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Lagoon Fills, Fish Don't Bite? 4 months 4 weeks ago #5


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Fast falling water levels are bad news. At least for a bank beater like me.
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Lagoon Fills, Fish Don't Bite? 4 months 3 weeks ago #6


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Racerx wrote:
... if it's too cold, they will pull back to deeper water.

I think that's right, but what's the thinking there? Isn't the deeper water colder?
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