We are currently seeing bass in all phases of spawn, from pre-to post, and heading into the April 7th full moon, we anticipate seeing more spawn activity. Both shore and boat anglers seem to be finding at least a couple of bass with the early morning and late afternoon accounting for the majority of fish. As usual though, some boats are still leaving empty handed.
The average size bass remains consistent and is between 2.5-5.5 lbs with 6-8 lbs plus being the exception. Texas rigs are performing well with most colors working. Green pumpkin, black and blue, morning dawn, margarita mutilator and tequila sunrise are local favorite color choices. Compared to last year at this time, the bite is significantly improved.
The crappie fishing is still outstanding, with crappie over 3 pounds being landed regularly. We anticipate the crappie bite also improving heading into this month’s full moon. The water clarity / visibility remains low at only 1-2 feet, with moderate to severe green algae blooms popping up in the late afternoons. This is a typical spring pattern for us, and the algae disappears by the following morning.
The catfish bite, particularly in the channels, also remains strong with plenty of 8-10 lbers being landed. The first tilapia are also spawning and their distinctive round beds can be spotted in the shallows throughout the lake. Overall, you should have a good day out here if you know the lake well, or are an exceptional fisherman. Beginners and fishermen without strong skills or lake experience may struggle to find fish.
A can of whole kernel corn is almost certain to yield a carp or ten if your goal is simply to catch something or put a child on fish.