The lake is very warm 84 on the north side 92 on the south. I went Saturday it was a nice day but slow fishing
MOON PHASE (59%)
46° - 50° F
56° - 60° F
Tough day yesterday with that east wind. Really roughed up the lake. We were able to only get one on a white spinner bait. Guys targeting catfish were doing well.
Nice 2.5 lb female ready to spawn. Bloody tail and a big 'ole belly.
MOON PHASE (2%)
Hit the lake early on 4/12 and knew it was going to be a challenge with the wind from the start. Any bank where we could fish plastics, we won. Fish were tight to the shore and would hit on the fall or within a few bumps of the rod. Also got them on wind blown banks with spinners and chatter baits. Total of 6 keepers and if we were weighing a tournament we would of had a 12+ bag. Got a stern reminder of navigating the lake as I dinged my freshly tuned prop when we went from 12 fow to 2 Fow in nothing flat. Thank goodness it was at idle and minimal damage. I think we would have each boated 5+ limits if we didn’t have to contend with the wind but it was so bad that in most places you couldn’t control the boat or feel your line. Spoke to a few other boats out and they were having a much tougher time.
Mike, I an always looking for a partner and would love to go to Braidwood. I have never fished there. I have a 14 ft. With 2 fish finders, 2 trolling motors and 25 hsp. I also fish Heidecki a lot....I am busy this week but perhaps next week. I am off on Tuesday and Sunday's
MOON PHASE (5%)
51° - 55° F
66° - 70° F
I was out yesterday, Sunday, and got a late start. Got there about 1:30 or so and everybody and their brother were there. Lots of smaller cats from shore and some from boats. A few guys caught bass from boats. Some were out since 7am and got about 6 bass, mostly smaller ones. I had been throwing spinner baits, both all white or all black and nothing. I threw a floating jerkbait, nothing. I threw a white beetle spin on my ultra lite, nothing. I spoke with a gentleman who fishing by himself in his boat and he caught 6 in the cane. As we were talking he landed another keeper on a dark color jig. I changed to a black/blue skirted chatterbait with a dark plastic body pitching tight to the shore and a few casts later i got a 17 inch largemouth that was so pretty. She wasn't huge but I enjoyed the tussle and I let her go back. I fished a while more and got off the water about 5pm. The day was warm and going to cool down in a hurry, plus all the others had to get out of the park by 7 so I wanted to beat the rush. It seems the bite is improving. It probably wont be long before the water gets too warm, right?