Ditto for me same day. No eyes. My buddy caught the same pike twice in 10 minutes.
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81° - 88° F
Above 80° F
Fished for panfish for the first time Saturday afternoon, we usually musky fish, I was not disappointed. Parked off a weedline in 14 fow and caught lots of nice perch and gills, plus bonus smallie, eyes, white, yellow bass and some sheeps. Live baited deadsticking.
Saw some boats on 30 fow, sidescanned, I saw large schools of fish, so I waypointed and came back and fished these spots, no takers. Any thoughts on what those huge schools were?
Musky fished Fin the AM Friday thru Sunday, water temps rose from 78 to 81, not a lot of action, boated 1 fish and only a few hot follows.
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I fished for three hours on Wednesday, and caught eight smallmouth from 14-21 inches long and one16 inch largemouth. The two largest were 19 and 21. Used both slipbobbers with half crawlers, and a jig with a grub. Fish were in 17 foot of water close to the weeds. All released. Panfish guys were catching a few gills and perch. All fish released.
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I should expand on my statement that the thermocline isn't a big factor on deep weed growth. When the upper layer of the water column is full of algae and other particulates this will prevent a lot of sunlight from penetrating down to the depths below the thermocline. So while the thermocline itself isn't a big factor, all the algae and other crap in the water blocking the light is. When diving late in the summer once you get below the thermocline the clarity usually improves dramatically since all that's in the water column is dead stuff falling from above, but you need your dive light in order to see anything. I had read a scientific journal a long time ago that said maximum photosynthesis occurred on a bright moonlight night (read it a few times because it didn't make any sense). I can't find that reference now, so disregard my earlier statement about maximum photosynthesis. If I run across it again I'll post it. Rick
Thermocline isn't much of a factor, it's how deep sunlight can penetrate. Today on Mendota my Aqua-Vu didn't switch from color to B/W until I hit 50 foot (still enough light). I forget now when maximum photosynthesis occurs, just remember it's not at maximum sunlight, it's a LOT lower then that. The clumps are green and growing. Rick
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So maybe I'm just uneducated on this then but how are these weeds growing? I didn't think things would grow deeper than the thermocline. Or is the thermocline just deeper than I think it is.
Thanks for the replies,