Well, May is flying by. We've been on the water everyday of the Smallmouth season, so fishing reports always take a back seat. I love the daily grind this time of year. Wake up, get the boat ready, get on the water, wash the boat, sleep and repeat. The weather the past few days has made it a little tougher, but that's the way it goes up here. Water temps have completely tanked out. Today the warmest I could find was 45, with some spots coming in at 43. Temps had been reaching the upper 50s in most areas just a short time ago. The fish are still in their normal spots, but just holding really tight to cover. Low and slow is the name of the game. Water clarity is still fine, hopefully we don't get any westerly winds, but we'll see. Thanks to all of our clients who have been out with us so far, and we can't wait to see the rest of you soon!
What's working? On light tackle, a variety of soft plastics fished extremely slow through the wood have picked up fish when everything else doesn't seem to work. On fly, I've had guys throwing an intermediate line rigged with neutrally buoyant flies to offset the sinking line. This allows the fly to hang in the zone, much like a hard jerkbait would. And of course, Clousers are picking up fish.
With all the big winds, I haven't heard too much on the trolling front. We're headed out in the morning to cast for Browns before heading in for Smallmouth so we'll see how it goes.
Good luck out there!