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Staying on Carlos. any help please

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We're camping at the State Park on Carlos this weekend,Sept.16-17. I've stayed there on before, but on Memorial Weekend many years ago, and we just fished for crappies. Can anyone give me some ideas as to what we should target this weekend and how we should fish them.

a little background info= I'll have my 2 teenage boys with me. We're certainly not "expert" fishermen, but at least "average". Also we're not locked into Carlos, if trailering the boat to another lake makes the most sense.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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From Carlos, you can explore the whole chain...no need to trailer the boat. There is a B.A.S.S. tourney on the chain that weekend...so you'll see some fancy rigs and rooster tails shooting across the water. There are lots of options, and lots of zones to hit on the chain. Panfish should be picking up the bite abit now that water temps have fallen back to the mid 60's. Look for pockets in the weeds, or edges in 15-23 feet of water. Walleyes have been sluggish all summer, but the fall feed should begin soon...Carlos tends to hold them on deeper structure or outer weedlines. The west shore between the bible camps is worth trolling around.

Also consider that the water levels are down due to near drought conditions. We have had some decent rains recently...not enough to raise levels much, but enough to get some of the inlets trickling again. Like fishing in the spring, currents and inlets can be a good target.

this is all just general info. fall fishing can be fantastic...just be adaptable. I'm sure there are some other anglers on this board that can provid some more information regarding baits and patterns for different species this time of year.

good luck and good fishing!

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I am staying the same weekend at Carlos, could you tell me exactly the dates and times the bass tourney is?

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This is a 3 day tournament running Wednesday to Friday. Weight in's are at Buggabo bay around 3 pm for the first flight. They should be done by this weekend so the lake will not be as busy. So where to fish: Bass are still deep, upto 28 feet on the cabbage breaks. Buggabo bay is starting to turn-out some crappies and the sunfish are always ready to eat on the breaks. I've been catching some walleyes on Carlos when drop-shotting for bass on some of the humps. That should get you started, hopefully the weather will hold off, as they are forecasting rain and colder temps. by Sunday.

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I appreciate the help. Thank you

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It's been a few years for me, but straight out from the campground there was a nice sunken island loaded with reeds, make sure to check all around it and inside of it if the water is deep enough to float a boat. Throwing weedless inside of it gave me same bass, and the pike were holding on the edges. There are also some very steep shoreline drops not far down from the campground that had some nice fish hugging in the shadows. I would highly recommend fishing some channel area mouths to some of the other lakes as well. Enjoy!

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