Mini Bass Blizzard
November 26, 2005
I was back on the water again today with Tim, for his final day in Montreal. With all the weird weather we had through the week, I wasn’t sure what we were in store for! Heavy snowfall & incredibly cold temperatures had most areas already frozen over on the lake, but we still managed to find somewhere to launch the boat anyway. Snow was the theme for today as we drove in it as well as fished in it. From the time we left home till the time we returned around 6:00 P.M. it was snowing! The air temps reached a balmy minus two as the high and ice formed in the guides throughout the afternoon as we fished. The water temps went down below 40 degrees to almost 38 in just a few short days. To say the fishing was slow would have been an understatement! Although we only managed to fish for the last 4 hours of the day, ten or so bites wasn’t what I had expected. These fish were holding tight in the deeper water and seemed like they only wanted to mouth the tube presentations we were offering. Equipment failure was responsible for losing most of the fish today as only a few bass were actually landed. Between line tangles, ice formation on guides and frayed fluorocarbon leaders everything seemed to go wrong. Tim lost one of the largest smallmouth of the season near the boat as his leader broke from Zebra Muscle frays. It was nice to get out on the water, but this wasn’t going to be the day that the bruisers were going to cooperate. There’s still time left in this season to get that elusive 6-pound smallie if you’re willing to endure these late fall conditions! With the changing weather forecasted for this week coming, I anticipate better fishing ahead! A warming trend with air temps going up to & over 50 degrees will make these last few days feel like Florida.