As of this writing (11-11-15) it has been four years to date since my last IGFA Billfish Grand Slam. Since that time I have only been on Lake “O” and mostly on the western edges near Lakeport.
The bass fishing has been up and down as of late due to some heavy wind impacting the water clarity plus the unexplainable rise and fall of the lake’s level even now into the dry season. But we’re all sure that those powers-that-be who control the lake level have no personal agenda and “know what they are doing” even when their actions go against US Government mandates. Despite that, this article is to be about fun stuff, like fishing and duck hunting, not about the politicians, so let’s get on to the fun stuff, Okay?
The bass fishing has been excellent on the lake side of Observation Reef up tight to the bulrushes, just make sure that your spot is only bulrush without other vegetation under the top. If you eat bass, and they are so good, there are a bunch of 18 to 24 inchers in there so you can bring home just the right ￼￼amount for dinner.
As for the ducks? They’re on the move, one day there would be quite a few in spots on the North Shore and then the next day-nothing. Sound familiar? I’ve seen a few thousand Teal and Mottled ducks in a few of my honey holes of years gone by, but by the time I scout there again the water has gone down to dry running and the ducks are gone. I ask the powers-to-be to please let the Lord take care of the water level and we’ll resume our commitment of being good stewards of HIS Creation. As you scout before the second opening of the season, if we haven’t had any heavy cold fronts up north to bring our Ringers down, take notice of some of the great feed plants we have this year. Some of the preferred plants include small and grand Smartweed, Hydrilla, Millet, Duck Weed, and any Tuber. If you can find the food before the ducks come down, mark that area and return to it as soon as the ducks come. Don’t forget to bring your goose call for a little extra fun.
Tight Lines and follow through your swing as you lead even after you pull the trigger.