First one at the lake this morning as I continue to make the rounds to all of my local haunts now that I'm past the 2018 County Challenge.
I tried topwater first as there were fish rising but pretty sure they were trout. Topwater blanked, so I moved to reaction baits and docks. Man there are some funky weeds in this lake now! Made anything under five feet deep a mess to try and fish. I caught the first fish on a spinnerbait, a little sub-pounder. Then nothing for about an hour. I moved from the shallow water to a deeper point with some pilings and encountered something I have been hoping to encounter on this lake for over 15 years...a LARGEMOUTH!! I have only ever physically seen three since I started fishing this lake back in the late 90's and two of those were just last year! Small one but that made my day, so the rest was cake. The next four hours consisted of running from spot to spot catching one here and one there on crankbaits and grubs mainly. I fished from two to sixty feet in some places and just kept encountering fish up to 1.5 pounds.
Finally I ran back up to the north end and with the wind picking up targeted deep pilings. Drop shot in 20-35 feet of water absorbed the next three hours of my day and was the most consistent bite of the day. I caught over twenty including the two larger fish in the pics. The really striped one was beautiful in person and I lost one about a pound bigger that that at the boat.
Wet feet and whitecaps ended the day as did a growling tummy. Hopefully I will make it up one more time before it closes? Found a super cool hump I want to explore more...it's where "Tony the Tigerbass" came from ;)