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Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? #12613732
02/06/18 07:16 PM
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Anyone have any advise on this lake?
Ive never been there and will be camping in early May at the state park.


Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: EvanVidal] #12613740
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wish you could have fished cooper in the 90's...


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Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: senko9S] #12613745
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Originally Posted By: senko9S
wish you could have fished cooper in the 90's...


I was at school in Commerce in the late 90's and man Cooper was a fun lake. I fished it over Fork all the time. It had some huge bass in it!

Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: Sinkey] #12613764
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I used to fish this lake a lot with Grumpy and have my best days ever on Cooper many years ago.
My best 5 went over 47 lbs if this tells you anything about the lake. Closest thing to Sugar lake to me is Cooper back in the early 90's. I have been fishing Fork exclusively since Cooper died and have still not had days like that, even when Fork was in it's peak.


Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: EvanVidal] #12613777
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What's the story with Cooper? I remember it never lived up to expectations and all of a sudden the largemouth fishing was considered dead. I know a few guides who started on Cooper and ended up at Fork.

What was the story? I've often wondered if all these years no one is fishing for largemouth and the fishery has recovered.... but haven't made a trip up there to see for myself

Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: K.D.] #12613811
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it was better than fork for years, esp during the spawn for DD's.


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Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: EvanVidal] #12613877
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Yes, I would like to know what is happening now with Lake Cooper. We also fished it back in the 90's. I know they had issues with keeping the water at a constant level, but really didn't understand what killed the fishing off. Loved staying at Fishermans Landing, waiting for the lights to come on each morning for an alarm clock.

Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: EvanVidal] #12613883
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I think it evolved into a good hybrid/sand bass lake. Florida's seem to have a hard time assimilating with those two and sometimes I think TP&W could care less.


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Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: EvanVidal] #12613887
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So can anyone give me advise on it now?

Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: EvanVidal] #12613906
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The Pressure killed Cooper frown


We didn't catch 60+,might have boatd in the 30
should,we didn't have fun expept alot more thie time of yearhope you get ready you'll be calling mr or E-MILK to a foods donatiom,,,Arter drin some red bullmdnd Vodlea
Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: EvanVidal] #12613942
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Biggest fish I've ever had on was at Cooper, about 17 or 18 years ago.


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Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: EvanVidal] #12613955
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Coopers lake level fluctuates sometimes to the extreme. Also hybrids and sandbass will run larger bass out of the big water, fighting for dominance in the reservoir

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Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: EvanVidal] #12613991
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Originally Posted By: EvanVidal
So can anyone give me advise on it now?
Fish for hybrids and sand bass (period!)

Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: EvanVidal] #12614007
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I would prob run up the doctors creek arm of the lake and try there. Should be lots of bushes to fish


We didn't catch 60+,might have boatd in the 30
should,we didn't have fun expept alot more thie time of yearhope you get ready you'll be calling mr or E-MILK to a foods donatiom,,,Arter drin some red bullmdnd Vodlea
Re: Fishing Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake? [Re: EvanVidal] #12614014
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Seems like it's been full a good while now....lots of brush and grass got flooded. Seems impossible that there are no bass in it.


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