I was able to get out for about 5 hours on Monday morning with my Dad. We hit a lake that we have a tournament coming up on in the metro area, although we would be fishing against each other, his boat was in the shop, I thought he should get a look at the lake and it's always good to get out with my dad. We don't fish as much now that we both have boats. It was pretty overcast, windy and misty when we started the day.
I started out with a swimbait in the main lake, looking for some big bites, after 20 minutes, that didn't really pan out, so we headed to look for some shallow fish around emerging vegetation. It did not take long to start putting bass in the boat, many of them were chunky 14-16" fish. We kept hopping around trying to expand on these fish and looking for a bigger bite. Well, we kept getting bit, but nothing over 3lbs for most of the day and all are fish came on light weight or weightless soft plastics fished really slow. I tried several reaction baits with no avail. Based on Saturday's trip and water temp, it was obvious that some fish would be spawning, but with the weather, trying to look at them would be near impossible.
Not long before we headed in, I did pop a 3lb 12oz pre-spawn fish on a beaver. My best 5 would have been 13-14lbs, not bad, but not great for this lake. Hoping to dial in a few more big bites come tournament time!
Overall we caught around 30 fish between us in a hald day of fishing!