Lakecaster Online

by John Plumb

Go early

Since we had such an early, and I might add, a cooler winter, and the information I have gathered in the last few weeks, it looks to me like it's going to be an early season for white bass chasers. Mid-March should be the first showing of these hungry fishes. Having little to eat for an extended time, they will be willing to come out and play. Those of us who hunt for them will be out there looking. What should happen is, as they re-enter the lake, they will be in search of shad, their staple diet. Where that will be will depend on the condition prevailing. Water temperature is a major factor. As soon as the water begins to warm, the shad make their move towards the shoreline to spawn. Quite a coincidence, it is not? The whites return from their spawn to eat shad going to do the same. I think it's all part of the big plan myself.,

Now, where this happens will be random at first, until a decent number of fish return. As more and more groups of fish come back, they gather into schools and begin to roam the shoreline in search of food. Points are dandy places to look, and any shoreline related structure like roadbeds, railroad grades, humps and ridges in fairly shallow water. And creek openings. There is no set rule, as it depends on where the bait is at that time.

Find the bait, find the fish not far away. They'll be close to the kitchen.

Still, as always, the absolute best method to catch them is the slabspoon. If the water is good, white will work well. Dirty water tricks call for yellow or chartreuse. Work slowly, like worm fishing, on the bottom once fish are located. Trolling will catch fish, but not to the degree the slab will produce. Driving the boat all day is a drag anyway, unless you just like to drive boats.

If you have little knowledge of the lake, or the fish you seek, I recommend that you hire a guide for a day as a learning experience. The knowledge you seek lies under that ball cap. Guides like to show off their stuff, and any worth going with will gladly teach you. If he/she won't, find another that will. Your money will be well spent, in that you can get yourself jump-started. It cost me tons of bucks to learn all this stuff. You can do it for less. A lot less. Get set up for it, and make yourself known to one of the guides around the lake. I know most of them, and I'll see ya'll OUT ON THE LAKE!

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