Fished two ½ day trips today, one in the morning from 6:15a to 11:30a and one in the evening from 4:15p to 8:45p. The results of these trips are listed separately.
Trip duration: 4:15p to 8:45p
Air temp: 92F at launch time
Surface temp: 78F
Wind: Strong from the SSE at 22 with gusts stronger for the majority of this evening’s trip, then tapering off to 12mph beginning around 7:45p.
Skies: Partly cloudy conditions the entire trip
Fished a ½ day evening Kids Fish, Too! trip with Tony, Stephanie, Emily, and Evan B. tonight.
The kids did not have a lot of fishing experience, so we started off “plunking” for sunfish at Area 184 and Area 185 and wound up catching 34 fish including a mix of green sunfish, bluegill sunfish, longear sunfish, and blacktail shiners. Each child landed a pending lake record for these diminuitive fish, Emily’s being a longear sunfish, and Evan’s being a blacktail shiner.
By around 5:45p, we gauged the wind and the kids’ interest level and headed out after some larger fish using a slabbing technique that suited the kids’ abilities.
We found a good concentration of fish in 24-26 feet of water, schooled on bottom between Area 164 and Area 165. Over the next two hours the kids steadily slabbed up very solid white bass (some exceeding 14 inches) as well as small hybrids of the same length). In all, aided occasionally by their dad, the kids put 51 fish in the boat.
By around 7:45, the wind was knocking off a little, and I could begin to see white bass pushing bait to the surface here and there. We decided to put topwater gear on and give the kids a shot at seeing fish strike their presentation. We moved to Area 183 and found this area a little more sheltered from the wind than I had anticipated and immediately spotted surface action here, albeit very light. Dad (Tony), Emily, and Evan each caught 2 fish on their surface presentations and were very excited about experiencing that.
We called it a day at that point, buttoned down for the windy ride back and headed in to the dock.
TALLY = 91 FISH, including 2 new Junior Angler Records; all fish were caught and released
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