These smallmouth have to be released they are to predictable and there are not a lot in this lake. I am honest in my reports and I feel I give enough detail to at least give another angler a start. I don't mind sharing some tips, but I'm not posting to much on here for them to get beat up and decimated by the unethical fisherman that unfortunately are out there. P.M. for any questions.
MOON PHASE (37%)
66° - 70° F
61° - 65° F
MOON PHASE (80%)
Fished for a few hours this morning targeting perch. Found a few good ones from 9-10 1/2 inches kept, but not the large schools I have been finding which is fine because the big ones hang out in little groups. Caught numerous big gills and pumpkin seeds, kept one 9 1/2 inch deep hooked gill and released the rest. Caught a few huge rock bass. Caught many largemouth, a few good ones 16-17". Fished smallies for a little bit and caught 4 all in the same spot. 2 small ones, one about 14" and a good one I'm guessing at 17 or 18". Been catching smallies everytime I target them for the last month or so. Perch are eating crayfish and snails in their bellies. I cast crayfish baits on a very light jighead to locate them then fish minnows. All bass and gills/pumpkin seeds come of the craw along with some perch. Minnows clean up on perch after I find them. You have to be stealthy on this lake, the fish I go after require long casts and finesse lures. Perch can be caught close to the boat though.
Late report from Friday AM. Fished from 6:30 to 10:30. Big difference from my last trip in late Sept. Water temp only 63 and lots and lots of floating crap- dead weed strands and algae scum. Had trouble finding clean water to use surface plugs. Only got 4 or 5 and biggest was only 14”. Probably toughest trip for me on Powers this year and not sure I have ever seen it in worse shape. Used to be almost as clear as Geneva but not anymore.
61° - 65° F
71° - 75° F
Out this morning from about 6:30 until about 11:00. Was worried that cold front would turn off the fishing but we still found a pretty good bite. Couple on top on Rebel Pop-Rs but most and bigger on Senkos In 12’ to 14’ on weed edges as before. NW winds didn’t seem to bother them but there was still good amounts of cloud cover. Don’t know if clearing post-cold front skies will slow them down.
Roger that Angus; was out last Friday and Saturday mornings with similar results. Just haven’t had time to post. At one point Friday we caught 10 13”-14” largemouth in a ittle less then an hour. Our method was wacky-rigged 5” Senkos. As Angus said, anywhere in shallows but we had best luck in 12’-14’ on the west end. This has been a down summer for me on Powers for both size and numbers but the heat wave sure turned on at least the small to mid sized bass. Still haven’t caught a 20”er yet this year.
MOON PHASE (20%)
81° - 88° F
76° - 80° F