Near perfect conditions pay off. Early morning light rain, very cloudy and somewhat ominous, and light winds. Fished longer than normal---5 - 11am. Two dozen northerns (half over 26") with one large-headed 34". 10 bass with one 18 1/2" and the others on the small side (10 to 14"). 5 to 8 mph NE died off to calm by 8 am. Bite was not hectic but consistent especially next to cabbage weeds; numerous reaction strikes. Sun peaking out near 11am, and fish were harder to find. Water clarity quite good, almost too good , esp in sunlight.
A large beaver passing by took an abrupt turn and made a move in the direction of my popper. Never saw that before. I wisely moved to another location. And later, several gulls took dives at a buzz bait. LIve food dishes must be scarce.
Successfully used a spinner bait retrieved fast, at the surface, creating a wake, esp for the northerns. Also noticed an increased presence of surface minnows and fish (bass) feeding on them. Every time I was able to cast into feeding area, the result was a bass hit. Great fun. Usually I experience this during fall fishing, and not so early in the year. Saw only one other boat all morning, and he too looked 'happy'.
While I never fished in the bay, there is a large bog somewhat blocking the entrance to the first channel to get there (across from the last cottage on big lake). There is about 6 feet or so room to its left to get through. Hope it either stays put, or better yet, moves on to a better location. The time on the water just went too fast today.