Launch is open just be aware there is a lot of water moving through the river...similar to early spring
MOON PHASE (59%)
Was out out Thursday. Temp was 78 in the morning but rose quickly to 80/81. Caught a few small bass but it was pretty slow.
Where are the weeds? Really shocking how few weed lines there are compared to last year. Water clarity was poor to with an algae bloom. Maybe that is having an impact.
MOON PHASE (36%)
71° - 75° F
76° - 80° F
Went panfishing yesterday, lots of nice gills at 8”-10” everywhere from 3’ to 15’ of water. Using our panfishing rigs and then somehow managed to land two smallmouth bass within 10 minutes of each other. First was 17” second was 18.5”. They were in 4’ of water and bit 1/4th of a night crawler.
Perhaps the earlier fishing time helps. I think the weed growh is down but also agree its not a huge issue. I fished the desp side of the weeds and thats where I have been picking up the gills too. Usually the bass are out there as well.
MOON PHASE (83%)
81° - 88° F
76° - 80° F
My buddy and I fished Sunday 5am to 9:30am. Caught 16 LMB surprising no SMB. Wacky rigging was the best presentation.
Yes the last 2 years action has decrease IMO due to the increase in the forage base. Some flats are just loaded with 3 to 4 inch Perch and pencil shiners. 4 years ago I didn’t see the amount of forage as I see now.
As for the weeds yes they are behind but IMO not an issue for any game fish.
The last 4 years I’ve noticed a nice increase in the bluegill population and size structure. The walleye population decreased but a nicer average size. Finally a big decrease in the musky population. Nothing like it was in the early 2000’s.
I have no scientific studies to back up what I posted. It’s just my observations since 2000 when I started fishing this nice body of water.