Saturday April 12, 2019 -I use to think that after enough seasons on the lake, it would become easier to find fish each month of the year. The similar weather, moons, temperatures, would mean the fish would behave the same. The problem with that is every year the level of the lake varies from the previous year based on the rain and the pump schedules. Last year, the lake was not as full as it is this year in April. In addition, the algae mat has started earlier. Algae changes where the bait hangs out and I seem to do well in places where the mat is thick. Others have noticed that as well and maybe its because of the shade it provides or the cover it gives bait. The lake was in fine shape today and it was an “all you could eat” day and no dinks as in past years. I lost count after 30 fish and it was steady all day. I launched on the lake at 9:00 (Im still jet lagged from Australia) and fished till 4:00. I used yellow, brown and gray, three inch craft fur clousers with a #3 pulse disc all day.
Fishing the Bay of Pigs under the algae mat near shore was very productive today. I picked up 15 fish in BOP mostly on fast strips with long pauses. Experimenting with the pulse discs again today I think they really work well when the algae makes the visibility in the lake low. I had light hits where the fish came back and hit the fly 20 feet away from the first tap with the visibility in the algae filled water only about 3 feet. I think that the fish after missing the fly hear the pulse disc and swim towards it. I fished the fly with fast strips after missing the first hit to pulse the fly and then I would let it sit and give it short strips waiting for the fish to catch up. This seemed to work well. Fish seemed to locate the fly well in low visibility.
After fishing the BOP, I worked my way up the dam picking up fish every 15 minutes casting to the rocks and fishing it down the face of the dam. The fish were deep. I think they cruise the bottom of the algae mat thats about 20 feet down. I think it might be time to put the Triton underwater drone down to see if the water is clear under the algae. I think the algae is early this year. We haven’t had much heat yet and we are expecting rain next week. Fishing the rocks on the dam is pretty consistent for me. I think the fish cruise the dam and lots of hardware guys in float tubes and Kayaks were fishing up and down the dam casting parallel to the dam with crank baits and flukes.
The highlight of the day was getting kicked off the trash racks. I worked my way down to the trash racks when I thought the guard had left around 2:00pm. I fished the south pier and found schools of stripers cruising the water around the trash racks. After half a dozen fish up close, Vaughn pulled up in the Reatta and started fishing the north pier and it wasn’t long till I spotted the White Car coming up the dam to kick us out. I had a fish on and I pulled out 500 feet off the north pier and noticed even bigger schools of fish under the boat only 20-30 feet down Vaughn pulled up next to me and also metered large schools 20 feet down. We were in 250 feet of water. I pulled out my Nike Golf Range Finder and confirmed that we were exactly 167 yards out well outside the Forbiden Zone. I had fished schools like this about 7 years ago when I learned to fish with two rods letting on sink while stripping the other. You need a two rod fishing license to do this. Every fish caught that way seemed to bring up a school of fish following it in. Even though we were nearly in the middle of the lake, there was still an algae layer in the lake. Both Vaughn and I caught fish in the deep on the long count and I fished the deep after Vaughn left catching fish till I left at 4:00PM. As I drifted off the schools, when the fishing slowed down, I would repeat the drift. Finding deep schools of fish and fishing two rods like this is a good way to save a slow day and just maybe its alway this productive somewhere deep on the lake.
I kept a couple fish to eat, both fish were over 20 inches and they were undergoing spawning changes. The water is warming up and its the season for striper love. The fish are fat and healthy and transforming.
Addendum April 19, 2019
19lbs April 17, 2019
ADDENDUM April 19
Just two days after Vaughns Personal Best on San Luis, he did it again with Dan Blanton in his boat.