Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:48
The weather is so messed up that I thought I would spend a little time trying to explain the current fishing conditions. First of all the water has warmed to the mid to high 70’s in early April, that alone has the fishing conditions and the patterns we have been accustomed to this time of year all changed.
Normally we would be in the beginning of the spawn by this time of year, but instead many of the bass have spawned almost two to three weeks ago. However, there are many that have not spawned as their biological clock is all messed up! That being said, the bass are at all stages of fishing, with what is normal being changed for all of us. We have post spawn fishing, we have pre spawn fishing, we have suspending fish and by the way we have staging fish waiting to spawn!
The key is what to do on a daily basis to catch fish. Well, what I am doing is trying to fish all the different patterns every day until I find one that is producing enough bites to make a good day of it. When I do I continue trying to target those fish and work presentations that would work while fishing that pattern. Let me give you an example. Let’s say that when I first start out that day I find that the bass are biting that appear to be in a hot summer pattern!
So my day would probably be spent fishing top water early, working out toward the ledges mid to late morning and then working drops of 12 to 30 ft. as the sun moves high to the mid day. The key is I found fish in a summer time pattern so the rest of the day I fished as if it was a hot summer day.
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