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It might not be a frenzy, but their still biting!
Here's a few Orange L. fish. I didn't bother showing the 8 picks or other smaller bass. The center bass was 3 lbs.



Even the perch thought they were bass, biting tubes, large grubs and sticks, which were the baits of the day. (zip for cranks) The reason small soft plastics were probably working best, is the presence of large schools of baby bass swimming with baby sunfish. One school in 1 foot of water was not moved to attack a small grub swam through it. Swirls were happening at various times in different parts of the lake, so something was munching the bite-sized prey that were suspending in shallow water. Weird pattern.

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Nice job...

Frank...I love that Walden shot..LOL.
 

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Frank: if you were fishing sticks, I am sure you were over the old weed beds.....

have you done any deep fishing there?

great day too!!!!!!!
 

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Glad to hear that the fat fish is has not sung. Jet300 & me are going out on Saturday.
 

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John you're absolutley correct! The pads are thinning to nothing so the fish are holding in the deeper weed beds about 40 yards from shore. The only rogue fish (the 3 lb.) are holding near rock walls in 3-4'!

Huge, I'm not discounting the cb bite yet. Only a week ago, my 6 lb. came on a Excaliber Fat Free way out on a point that was only 4' surrounded by 9' on both sides. Again, most likely a rogue just hanging out, but 3 samller bass were caught on the same plug.

Here's a reason why taking pictures when the water is down can be invaluable. Almost as good as scuba.



As Gregg knows, none of the rocks were visible earlier in the year.

Frank
 

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Amazing pictures

Hope I get to fish that place with you again someday.

Huge stop cranking and start jerking! If the crankbait ain't working try a husky jerk, Couple of real good jerks then a looong pause. :D
 

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I agree with you Huge, the post front conditions (2" of rain) weren't right for the cb bite. Needless to say, the topwater bite is finished for the year (except for crappies), but the cb bite will extend all the way through Nov., from past experience.

Bink, those formations go back to the time before the lake was made (by daming). They're in the north end on both sides of the point. No one knows if they were livestock or property related or both. (Why not just build a fence?) There is a rock wall extending and parallel to the east shore that stops abruptly at it's ends. :confused: Lastly, one of the long humps is rock and gravel-based, surrounded by deep water. :confused:

Just one of Orange Lakes unnatural mysteries.
 

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Do those spots hold fish? I would guess they might make for decent spawning areas if there is some depth in the spring.
 

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Those rocks are hit pretty hard by everyone familiar with the lake.
Fortunately bass migrate in and out and along the rocks and walls, so you never know when it will hold fish. The average annual depth in this area is only 3'.

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rock walls

Indian Lore: Orange, Rockland, Bergen, Sussex counties, and into Penn. Leni Lenape Indians built wandering rock walls in a maze to keep out wandering spirits.. Take a stroll through Harriman and you will find them all over the woods. They are all along the Ramapo ridge and since Orange lake was formed by damming they may well be the source.
 

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Man, that's a lot of work to keep out wandering spirits. Some of those rocks weigh at least 70 lbs . Interesting. Kind of like the Stone Henge of O.C.
 

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Frank.....I think....

you and I fished that spot when i fished as your guest there. Am I correct?? We hit it early in the day, if I am correct.

Did you try Polka-dotted orange-marmalade colored creature baits when it got tough to get bit??.....lol

Could those rock formations been made by people doing gardening, removing rocks from their plot's soil as they tilled it, and forming walls to show who's plot is who's, at some point in time before the damming of the lake?? Stone walls in fields have often been boundary markers for years, especially in farming areas where fields were plowed. Dang, when I worked on farms as a youth, I personally moved many rocks raised up from fields by plows [etc.], and placed them on rockwallls lining the feilds.
The lines look very straight and squared to each other.
Hmm....just a thought...
 

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That's one of the spots I took you to, but I don't recall if we caught anything there. Go up a few replies to see a plausible theory about indian superstition that caused the creation of those rock piles. There's even a lane that is outlined by rocks along both sides that is 40 yds long. (For cows or livestock?)

Frank
 
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