So I got here on Sunday and marked water temps in the 61-62 degree range - not all that different than a year ago. However, the pattern on the lake is further along than last year. We are catching some fish shallow, but it seems like a warm May may have moved the fish off shore already.
So what do you do when you show up to a lake and things are different than they were last year? You go into explorer mode. I started to look at the first place the fish move after they are finished up shallow - near shore humps. And you know what - they were stacked up on those humps - especially those with bigger rocks and boulders rather than just a hard bottom area.
I have done really well on jerkbaits and top water baits on these spots - and the jigs have been working as well. On Wednesday we pounded bigger than average smallies on a spot that I haven't really caught fish before. Super fun to find fish in new areas, especially when you're trying to put a pattern together in your head. So today, I'm heading out to try some new spots - anywhere where there's an offshore hump close to shore. They might not all be full of fish - but they're worth a handful of casts. If nothing happens, pick up and move! Just thought I'd share that tip with you! Hope it helps!