Stormy Weather Bass
August 14, 2006
I began the day on Lake Champlain with Peter, but after an hour or so of fighting the 4 & 5 foot rollers on the lake with only one bass, we opted for a change. We re launched at another ramp in much calmer waters and took our chances in a large bay. The air temps went up to almost 80 degrees but the water temps were down to 72 in most places causing the fish to develop lockjaw. The skies were a mix of sun & cloud and the winds were out of the S at 15 to 25 knots with stronger gusts. Smallies were what Peter was after, but we had to settle for mostly largemouth today as all the better areas were just unfishable. We managed to get into a few good smallies at the end of the day, but all the better fish just got off. A difficult day to say the least with Mother Nature winning another battle. With worse conditions forecasted for the second day, I suggested that Peter travel to my place and we would fish a local lake closer to Montreal. The winds would still be bad, but it would be much better than taking a pounding on Lake Champlain again! He agreed and was into fish almost immediately on Lake St-Francis. The skies were sunny and the winds were from the S/SW at 15 to 25 knots with gusts up to 35 at times. Difficult conditions, but very doable on this lake! Water temps were around 75 degrees and the air temps reached 80 degrees by the end of the day with clouds moving in. Most of the fish were caught on slowly dragged tube jigs with the larger fish coming on senko’s. Plenty of smaller bass in the 2 to 3 pound range were caught but only a few larger fish over 4 pounds fell victim to our offerings. The best smallie of 4.5 pounds came right at the end of the day as Peter finally landed a beauty. A few others were caught shortly after and it was time to call it a day. This was a difficult 2 days of fishing, but we managed to get into fish nevertheless. Hopefully, the next time we will have better weather!