October 2, 2005
I fished Lake Champlain with Darren today and definitely got into the numbers! After postponing yesterday due to five footers, we were able to get out today. The water had turned to a terrible brown from the 30-knot winds yesterday and visibility was less than 6 inches. The fish were hitting a little short in the morning and we had to slowly crawl tubes in order to land just a handful of bass. Even the pike weren’t cooperative for us as we tried slow rolling spinnerbaits for quite some time without success! The air temps were a cool 55 degrees but eventually went into the upper 70’s by the days end. Water temps were a cool 60 degrees and climbed to almost 64 by mid afternoon. Light & variable winds were a welcomed change from the day before and made for a pleasurable, October outing. The afternoon bite was definitely better than the morning as we caught probably 60 or more smallmouth bass up to 4 pounds in the last 4 hours of the day. Definitely a great day for the numbers of fish caught in a short period of time. Once the water started to warm up, the bass seemed to come alive. On one area, we must have caught over 25 bass in an area smaller than the size of my 20-foot boat! That’s what I call concentrated! Being able to fish in a T-Shirt at this time of year is always a plus but catching that many fish while doing so is an anomaly! What a day!!!!!