What a busy time since my last post, lot's of guide trips and lot's of really nice fish caught by my customers. The water temperature is getting up to and staying in the 60 degree mark. Some fish are bedding up and many more will be moving to the beds with this warm weather we are currently having. . The tournament people are still catching some really big bags for their five fish. The B.A.S.S. Federation group is here now and yesterdays five fish day one leader had a WHOPPING 34 pounds for his 5 five which included a 9.3 lb big fish. The Alabama rig seems to have dropped off for the favorite bait but the LV 500 lipless crankbait and a whole variety of swimbaits are still being used. The senko rigged Texas style and also wacky rigged is putting a lot of fish in the boats, drop shot, jig's, and crankbaits are also working. Now that the fish have moved into the shallows and are bedding up, the flippin technique rigged with your favorite bait is a sure bet to catch some fish. (more to follow) 4/15/13 update, The federation people are gone, lot's of big fish were caught but many of the teams also struggled to catch their limits. This next up coming Friday & Saturday will see a 75 boat, team field working the lake with the winning team taking home $10,000. There is no let up on this lake and fishing pressure will continue strong with tournaments all the way through June. In June there will be a three day event hosted by Western Outdoor News, (WON) and with a full field of boats, the first place prize is set at $100,000.
We need a good series of warm days to move another big batch of fish up to the shallows and spawning beds. Currently I rate the fishing as fair to good and at times excellent but you have to cover water and put your time in with a variety of techniques to have success. I am booked up solid for the rest of this month and currently only have six open days left for May. If you are looking to book a trip with myself, plan out at least a month or so in advance if you can. I would like to remind everyone who may be fishing the lake by boat to have courtesy for your fellow fisherman. Don't jump in front of people, respect their fishing area by giving them room, don't run your boat with a big wake to close to other boats, remember that it is suppose to be fun to be fishing and show the respect you would expect for yourself. Yesterday I ran into what a would call a "Real Jerk" of a boater. He barged up on my boat going fast, almost ran over my customers lines and motored right over our fishing area all because he was in some sort of small tournament and wanted to fish the area I was already in. Truly one of the more blatant examples of a rude, non caring boater. This is not the norm but it can ruin what is suppose to be a nice fun outing on the lake. Be safe, take good care of the fish, have fun, respect your fellow fisherman. ""God Bless" Bob