Our lake is considered full at 7.50 feet. The rain has started the creeks to flow so the mouth of all the creeks are running muddy.
The good news is that with the rains and the creeks running, our native fish the "Hitch" have been seen in the creeks doing their annual spawning treks. The water temps have been holding right around 52 to start in the mornings and getting up to 55 to 56 in some of the back sloughs. Although some fish have probably started to spawn, I personally have not seen any on beds or any evidence in the fish we are catching that they have spawned. We are scheduled for a warming trend starting today and daytime temps should be up close to 70 these next few days. This should move more fish up into the shallows and the bite should really turn on. The senko bite is working now and we have been catching fish up in the tules. Most tule areas on the North end of the lake have at least 3 to 5 feet of water on them. Jig's, drop shot and shakey head are also producing fish. The lake is in it's busy period for tournaments so expect to see a lot of boat traffic on the weekends. Starting today and through the end of the month we will have several club tournaments, the Angler's Choice Pro Am and the FlW Stren series all hitting the lake.
It's prime time and the weights should be incredible for the tournament folk. The Alabama Rig is still the hot ticket on the lake but a whole variety of swimbaits are putting some good fish in the boat. My customers this past week have caught some nice six pounders with a 7lb, 11oz being the biggest fish caught. It's been a cold spring and I think we are about two weeks behind the normal good spawn. Yesterday when I launched with my customers it was 35 degrees with snow on the lower hills and it hailed on us while we were fishing. I encourage everyone to take good care of your fish, all of the big fish you catch right now are probably females and will be full of eggs. Take those pictures and let them go as soon as possible. All of the big fish you see pictured here on my website are released alive and well. Now is the time to get out and fish for that ""Personal Best, tie on your confidence bait and go out and have fun. Feel free to leave me any comments or any suggestions on what's been working for you?? Thanks' Bob