April 18, 2007
|Bass spawning has begun. It is not the hoped for
grand event where all fish move on the beds the same day. Instead a warming
event allows a few bass to spawn in a warm cove. Then cooling moves the fish
back off the beds. It warms, then cools and fish move back and forth. There
are more bass beds in the northern lake, which may be a degree or two warmer
than water on the south end. Very few beds are seen south of Dangling Rope.
Regardless, fishing is very good in one specific spot. That spot is in a sand (defined as, soft soil with small rock) drainage lined with tumbleweeds or brush.
The back of a brush lined cove is a good
place to start searching for spawning bass. A sandy cove or flat in a slick
rock canyon is even better.
Now to enhance the sand pattern it is best if there are bushes (tumbleweed) for cover and deep water access leading in. Most often the weedy extreme back of a canyon (floodplain with weeds) will be good for bass crappie and stripers this week.
Wind seems to be with us this week. To fish successfully in the wind throw
reaction baits instead of trying to "feel" the plastic bait on the bottom in
the wind. Fish move shallower in wind and often move to windy points where
the water is breaking on shore. Try spinnerbaits and jerk baits and lipless
vibrators where the feel is not as important when the wind bows your line.
You can troll in productive areas to keep some boat control in the wind.
Don't just troll, but troll over structure like points or reefs. Then motor
to the next likely structure and troll some more.
Jerk baits like this Suspending Bomber Long A are working well for bass and stripers. I have slow trolled this bait over points with a pumping motion and found great success for smaller stripers that are feeding on plankton.