Are the bayous starting to weed up yet? - Yes, but at a slow rate and they have less water than typical. Weeds are not emerging much yet.
Quick report on white bass Versatility is the game plan. This spring is unlike others and really hard to remember back to a similar year. Super low flow compounded with very frequent stiff south winds often will make it more like lake fishing than river fishing.
Like everyone else, numbers in my boat are WAY down compared to any other year. Few reasons - instable weather, fluctuating water temps, and much clearer water than usual. I'm finding a crap load of fish, watching thousands in shallow spawning, and most are pretty tight lipped.
Last week was all steady action with a small minnow drifting down current under slip floats. So far this week it has been more like considering dynamite. But, grinding out some fish has been very doable.
If your not on/marking fish - MOVE
Run/gun spawning habitat - sand flats, eel grass, timber, and rip/rap shores. Cast multiple presentations. Various colors in spinners, small cranks, jig/minnow....
Not all fish are against the shore; just like not all fish are in the channel. Work it all. We're getting WB in 2fow with spinners and having WB slam cranks as your lifting it out of the water over 12'.
Its a tough year and not all the WB ran up the river. Guys are catching them out in Poygan, so that proves we don't have the largest possible concentration of fish in the river. Additionally, they are nearing the peak of the spawn and have spread out from shallow to deep. If your watching the water closely, for the last week and a half, the spawning activity is huge. Add in the cold fronts and those temperamental fish have mostly been in a neutral mood.
Last year, I averaged having 3 rods out for 2 guys with just blades and maybe a crank or a jig/plastic. Now I'm averaging 6 to 8 rods out; all with different presentations. Much different circumstances and takes some effort this year. Not exactly just jumping into the livewell. But covering the most amount of water with a variety of presentations will put more than "average" results in your favor.
BTW - KUDOS to our Sheriff staff that are patrolling the river way. Often it's a thankless job they do. Their frequent presence does a lot of good to maintain the peace. It's a lot of water to cover and impossible for them to be everywhere at once and see everything. Good people and I appreciate the effort they extend in promoting safety. Saw a few safety checks yesterday and in the long run, that protects us all.
Be safe and good luck