At the end of autumn, pre-winter discharge of water begins in most reservoirs. The predator slides down into the channel, where its concentration increases noticeably, and it becomes easier to search for fish. However, sometimes the weather makes its own adjustments. I ran into this at the Ruza reservoir. From about mid-October, the water discharge was in full swing there, the predator left the irrigation and began to peck on the riverbed. How not to take advantage of the situation! And I went to the fishing base in Ostashevo. Even when I was taking the boat at the base, I noticed that along the entire coast, you can see traces of streams left after heavy rains. Compared to the summer level, the water was lowered by two meters, but because of the rains, it rose again by thirty centimeters. But this did not bother me too much, since in the area of the base the water was relatively clear.
Ruza in its underwater relief is quite similar to other reservoirs near Moscow. In the upper part, one can easily trace a channel with clear heaps, in places covered with snags. As elsewhere, there are areas with very dense driftwood, and there are also areas with a clean bottom. At the autumn level, the depths on the channel in the middle part of the reservoir are small – about six meters. In the upper part it is less, at the bottom of the dam there is much more, up to 12-13 meters. One of the most popular places for spinning is the flooded road opposite Ostashevo. The place is very attractive for a predator, but a large number of anglers always gather there, and the rule “50 meters between boats”, of course, does not apply. You can catch it there, and it’s not bad, but the predator takes mostly exits, so you just have to wait a lot of time.
Someone likes to catch in the crowd, personally I don’t, so I try to swim up somewhere. In the upper reaches, the most attractive places are the channel edges. The channel winds, the bottom is silted in places, but this concerns more irrigation. The best points are on the bends of the channel, where there is a snag. Apparently, the fish falling down from above lingers here and feeds. As a rule, from the beginning of October until the first frost, catches here are very good: you can catch pike perch, decent pike and large perch. Usually the best bait at this time is foam rubber, and what shape and size it is does not play a special role.
I was fishing with a baitcasting reel using a 20 lb line. Due to the larger diameter, it was possible to comfortably work with loads of 14-16 grams. Considering that casts had to be done for watering, and then pull the bait down, this is quite a lot. A thick cord gives an advantage when wiring – it becomes smoother and when hooks. Casting with a multiplier turns out to be somewhat shorter than with an inertialess one, but with boat fishing this is not important: the main thing is information content, but here it is an order of magnitude higher. The line passes through the fingers when passing, and the bites are literally felt by the skin. You hook it without thinking: the head is practically not involved, everything goes on the subconscious level and comes out much faster.
I was fishing by pulling the bait from a 2-meter irrigation in depth. All bites occurred at the base of the stump. I started fishing with foam rubber: he always worked well here in the fall. But I caught the first pike – and there were no more bites on the foam. I had to switch to rubber. By this time I had gone upstream quite far from the base, and to my surprise the water here was much more turbid. Perhaps this is what “turned off” the foam rubber. In muddy waters, it is more difficult to attract the attention of a predator. Here you need bright baits with active play. Many, I know, are ready to argue with this, but for me this approach, as a rule, justifies itself.
I chose an unnamed 4 ” Poison Yellow Fishtail Jig. They have a wide tail that gives a strong but fluid play. I shortened this tail a little, which is why the game became smaller in amplitude, but noticeably more active. Such a cut bait, despite its large size, attracted not only pikes, but also perches, both large and small ones. The fish took well from 10 am to 11 am, then there was a break until 2, and again the exit. After lunch I climbed even higher. There the current was stronger, and the water was more turbid. Apparently, because of this, the biting worsened, and in the afternoon he took only perch. By the end of the day, the water still rose – in total, almost a meter per day. The fish, of course, do not like such drops.
On the same day, in the lower reaches, closer to the dam, my acquaintances guys caught pike perch very well, and, according to them, the water there was relatively clean. They decided to stay for another day, but in the morning the turbidity reached them, and the nibbling stopped, as if the zander was not there. Many people believe that it is generally pointless to fish with high turbid water and the bites are rather random. However, the fish still remains on the edge. Maybe she eats less, but if you catch stubbornly, then the number of such “random” bites can be quite large. Even in very muddy waters, I had a lot of them, although the catch turned out to be not very impressive: three pikes from a kilogram to one and a half and a couple of dozen decent perches.
And the conclusion is this: until recently, the predator remained in the upper reaches of the Ruza, but due to the sharp frosts that came last weekend, the fish, most likely, has already slipped into the lower part of the reservoir, to a greater depth, where it will be much more difficult to catch it.