July 29, 2018
Lake levels dropped slightly last week while temps continue to rise. Afternoon surface temps are creeping into the high 70. We are finally seeing lots of small pond smelt throughout the lake. Boating/fishing pressure is light early in the day and gets crowded in the afternoon.
Trollers are getting fish early in the day slow trolling crawlers and Gulps, find the Pond Smelt and you will find fish. When the wind is down, and the lake is calm you will see them boiling on the surface, you will also see sea gulls diving on floating smelt that have been stunned by fish as they aggressively attack bait balls of smelt. Slow and deep continue to be the theme unless you are targeting fish feeding on smelt.
The fish still haven’t sought refuge over the springs it seems we are four to six weeks behind schedule which I believe is attributable to the high-water level. the water early in the morning, and water level remains unseasonably high. Bank fishing remains tough, bass fishermen are targeting fish drop shotting plastics, fly fishermen with knowledge of the lake are catching fish over pond smelt.