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Tracking Whites
By John Plumb

Not only is the nice weather we are having good for us, it seems to have affected white bassing is a very good way. Where normally we would be dodging the heat in September, waiting for that first cooling trend in October, I find myself stealing moments to fish. It's the first year in a long time that these conditions have occurred.

I used to scoff at folks who would say, "I can't remember when it was so hot." Well, I'm eating those words now. Geeeze, it has been hot. We've paid our dues, in inflated electric bills, and now it's time for cooler. I can't remember ever being so ready for it.

Normally, I would not be fishing so close to hunting season, but certain events have made room for a bit of slab spoon chucking. Last month, we were searching much deeper water for the heat stressed whites, but shorter days and cooler nights have cooled the water down considerably. The fish's biological clocks have gone off.

This "clock" has pushed them to feed for the oncoming winter, and from what I'm seeing, a great many of them have gotten the cue. Last week I went out and found fish at many of my usual haunts in much shallower water than in recent past trips. Pursuing this further, I found I wasn't the only one who had made the discovery.

As I made my way toward mid-lake, I found Tommie Dominique standing on top of the fish and beating them up to beat the band. She, of course, being a fairly noted fisherperson in our area, knows exactly what she is doing. I know for a fact she gives the whites a share of grief when she goes out.

Besides being an active tournament black bass fisher, she is part of the local color in the white bass community.

Last month I wrote about deep water fishing, but nature has backed us up against the wall. Things have changed quickly, and I must say, for the better. Until it begins to get cold, the current pattern should hold, and things should be like the spring pattern. All along the river channel we found fish to some degree. We looked from the big bridge to south of the Walker Lake area, and in truth, found several large groups of surface feeders scattered along the way.

The old 190 roadbed was very active around all of the seven bridges. We found them at random all along the way, and some were just off the bed itself over the ditches. Some were suspended, some were on bottom, some hung close to the bridge rails, but the common thread that connected them was they were all willing to play with us. It was grand. So, if you have a mind to get out there, this should give you a bit of what's going on, at least for the moment. It made some radical changes in short order, and it could happen again, but it'll take some degree of bad weather, or nasty water to disrupt it. In short, it should be an excellent time to get out ON THE LAKE.

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