As the sun began to set and the afternoon heat let up, the white bass began to feed, allowing all the kids to cash in on some fish larger than the sunfish we started out with. From left front, Sarah, Sam, and James; Cathryn standing behind.
As our big adventure began, mom (Cathryn) and the 3 kids actually made the trip, with Cathryn chaperoning and Sarah (age 10), James (a twin, age 10), and Sam (age 11) intending to do all of the fishing.
The kids had never landed a fish before in their lives, so, that was challenge #1. We started with the basics, using bream poles and bait to land everyone their first fish — a sunfish — and then we progressed on from there.
Since this was an afternoon trip, many of the quiet places where sunfish like to roam were also pretty windless and hot, so, once we got the First Fish Award requirements nailed down, we headed out to open water and spent the remainder of our time in pursuit of the scattered, suspended white bass that have made up the majority of the catch on recent trips since the flooding.
When all was said and done we were able to land not only a number of white bass, but a freshwater drum and a largemouth bass, as well. The kids enjoyed seeing and learning about the variety of species in the lake and their habits.
TALLY = 18 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 4:30p
End Time: 8:45p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 91F
Water Surface Temp: 85F
Wind Speed & Direction: SE6-8
Sky Conditions: 20% cloud cover.
Note: Lake is still dropping .2 to .3 feet per day. Gates expected to shut early/mid next week
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
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