It has been quite a while since I last posted a fishing report. I am here to tell you that our fall and early winter fishing was phenomenal due in part to the wonderfully consistent weather we had. Well not so for most of January thru the first of April. Front after front moved thru and the temperatures were up and down for month after month. This led to inconsistent surface water temperatures and the fish even though it is April 12th, are feeling like it is March 12th. The fishing has been consistently inconsistent and I continue to take a trip or two and then cancel a trip or two. The stripers just have not woken up yet. They have not made their spawning run up river (although I suspect that will occur any day). Dock light fishing (which is usually off the charts right now) has been just fair at best and the fish over the past 3-4 days are finally getting on the lights. The spotted bass are just now getting up “near” the bank. By next week I suspect we will see really good spotted bass fishing and hopefully the stripers will be on the points staging for their run up river. It has been a frustrating start to our spring season to say the least. Even the bait guides are suffering. The good news is that as surface water temperatures continue to warm (60* right now) we will surely see the fishery turn on as if someone thru the switch. Stay tuned folks! It’s gonna get hot and heavy very soon. See you on the pond…
This will be the last striper report for 2013′. What can I say….? This was positively the best top water bight we have seen in many a year. The fish just keep on feeding on or near the surface. As of last week, the fish have started running the banks with reckless abandon. Best bet is to let the terns and gulls help you find the fish. Intermediate lines and the something else fly is still your best bet. Fish can feed any time of the day but early and late are still best. Today was another magical day on the pond. We fed 8 fish on fly for Ryan Kennedy. Fish were up to the low teens. When will this top water end? Who knows…it’s like the energizer bunny. The fish take a licken’ but keep on ticken’. I suspect we are nearing the end of this pattern and the next pattern will take shape shortly as the water temps hover around 50 degrees + or -. We have an opening or two for later this week and then we are booked til mid January. Happy New Year and see you on the pond…
Ryan Kennedy w/striper caught running the bank
Fishing continues to be very good on the pond as the stripers are spreading out all over the lake. From mid-lake to the northern breaches the fish are in small groups but are finding shad and blitzing them just under the surface. As we continue to see the surface temps drop, the fish should begin to bunch up more making fishing a tad easier. Fish are ranging in size from small young of the year fish in the 1lb range to fish over 20 lbs. Intermediate lines and the somethin’ else fly is positively your best bet. Most shad the fish are gorging on range in size from 1 1/2″ to 3″ in length. Cloudy slightly wet days with light winds make for outstanding fishing. Sunny days are still okay however the fish are more scattered and will feed both early and late in the day. Some of the best fishing is yet to come. We still have a few days open in end December and I suspect the good fishing will continue thru early January or whenever the cold weather just shuts it down. See you on the pond!
Lanier top water continues to push onward. Fishing has been very good when the weather cooperates!
Well things have certainly changed over the past week of fishing. The fish are moving all over the pond and while there are still plenty of schools on top, some of the schools appear harder to feed than others. I had a particularly good week of fishing. My schools that I am targeting are eating a well presented fly. The key term here is “well presented”. This time of year anglers MUST fish with an urgency about them in order to get the fly in front of the fish. Unfortunately for anglers not accustomed to fishing this way it leads to errant casts and missed opportunities. Anglers must take a deep breath and not get rattled at seeing teen sized stripers rolling on the surface for a short time before disappearing and then resurfacing 100 yards away again. That is the difference in having a nice day versus a big day. I had a trip last week where my first time clients had many opportunities to surfacing face. They caught and landed 2 spotted bass and dropped 2 stripers in nearly 5 hours. After dropping them off I found a school of fish heading home and in ten minutes of fishing made a total of 8 casts hooking 5 fish. It is all about feeding the fish and a well presented fly. Not always an easy task… but it can be done! Fish are still eating somethin’ else flies on intermediate lines. Mornings and evenings are best but even middle of the day has fish showing up. Overcast days are clearly better then sunny days. Weather has us buggered the past 3 days…It will continue!!! See you on the pond
PS…for David Testerman… best area of the lake is positively $!%&#@*! ;-)
Top water striper…
Well finally all things come to an abrupt start! The top water bite officially began the past 48 hours. Fish are busting shad all over the lake. While we are only seeing a handful of gulls and terns it is not so easy to spot them as it will be in two to three weeks from now when we have lots of bird life helping find fish. For now the fish are feeding on their normal fall patterns. There are two patterns that are consistent… first there is the night time bomber bite. You can go right after dark and fish shallow by tossing bomber long A lures up shallow around beaches and islands on the south end of the lake. For those wanting to do it using fly, just take a bomber and remove the treble hooks. Toss it on the shallow points and beaches and when you get a tug, stop and change over to a fly rod with an intermediate fly line and a fly about 5-7″ in length. The second bite is the top water bite. You will see the stripers busting bait just under the surface but still make a splash. Best bet is a small somethin else or Clouser type pattern on an intermediate line or you can fish a wiggle minnow on a floating line. It is tons of fun watching these fish crash the bait near the surface. These are happy fish that are at times doing back flips on the surface. It is all just starting and the next 6 weeks should be tremendous! We are booking trips and are currently open for some trips around Thanksgiving and thereafter… see you on the pond!
The fishing on Lanier continues to disappoint despite the fact that we are now squarely on the full moon. While I expected the fish to be all over the surface and tearing it up the past few days, it has been just the opposite. The fish have scattered and have been non existent for top water anglers. What probably caused the fishing to become slow is the mild weather we have seen over the past 7 days. Water temps have climbed back up into the mid 70′s and we need this to fall a good 3-5 degrees before the top water action kicks into high gear. For now, I am postponing trips til the bite kicks in but continuing to monitor and fish thru the slow days. Even the spotted bass have gone deep! Very unusual to see this but not to worrisome at all. The small bait is out over the channel and can be seen both early and late in the day. This is exactly what one would expect to see this time of year and once the water temps drop a little we will see our bite kick in just as if someone flipped on a light switch. Hang in there! it is coming very soon. We always talk about the fishing going off around baseball’s world series. Well the world series is 7-10 days away…GO TIGERS! Stay tuned and hope to see you on the pond! HC