BASS– The largemouth will be in all 3 phases of the spawn this month. With the cooler than average April, it has taken a while for the bass to get their act together. Look for them around boat docks, emerging willow grass, shallow rocks & lay down trees. Up lake, visibility will be nearly zero and we have a good stain at mid lake, down lake is still very clear even after having 5″ or more of rain fall on the lake and the run off bringing the lake up about 18″ high early last week.
The top water bite has started and good fish are being caught every day. Walking baits like my favorite, the Paycheck Baits Repoman will catch them for you. Zara Spooks and the new Damiki rambler are also great choices. Soft jerk baits like the North Anna Bait Company CC Minnow and Zoom Super Flukes are deadly! Fish the soft jerk baits in the emerging willow grass and skip them underneath boat docks. Sometimes you may need to DEAD STICK them in order to draw a strike. Tiger Shad Spinnerbaits continue to fill live wells uplake in the willow grass beds. After the sun gets high and the fish move deeper into the shadows, it is hard to beat a Shakey Head rigged plastic worm. The NABC Ring Shaker and Zoom Trick Worms are my favorites. Great color choices are Green Pumpkin, Watermelon Seed and Watermelon Red. If you are fishing for bedding bass and are not in a tournament please release these fish back on their bed after a quick photo session. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
CRAPPIE– After the last rain storm, the crappie fishing has slowed down a bit. Uplake is muddy and almost unfishable at the current time. The water clarity will get better as the month goes on and there will be fish willing to bite. They are pretty much finished with their spawn and are moving back out to deep water brush piles, boat docks and bridge pilings. Best ways to catch them is with a small minnow rigged on a slip bobber or with a 2″ curly tail grub on a 1/16oz jig head.
Up Lake- Muddy
Mid Lake- Heavy Stain
Down Lake- Clear