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April 2018 Fishing Report

3/27/2018 5:39:19 PM

Hopefully all the readers of this post made it safely through the winds and rain in March. The weather really messed with the spawn of the bass and crappie but I believe other than the normal cool front that always comes around Easter that we are out of the cold days. This moderation in temperature will be good for the spawning bass and crappie, which somewhat delayed by the every other days fronts, will not proceed in earnest through the rest of April. There is one benefit to this protracted spawn; that being the fact that since more days are needed to complete the ritual, more time is available for the angler who may not be able to take days off during the so called peak time. We will still be forced to deal with the stained water since this latest rain assures us that Lavon will continue releasing water and that Rowlett Creek will continue to pour muddy water in on the western side of the lake. Hubbard is unique in its ability to clear up in as little as three days once a favorable southern wind blows for a few days. One can be quite surprised at the change of dresses the old girl can perform in a very short time span. Water that looked as lightly creamed coffee can be emerald green the next time around.

Bass will begin to spawn in earnest up the East Fork of the Trinity, where they will do their duties on submerged lay-down logs and on split standing stumps. These bass can be easily spotted if the lake clears but if Lavon continues to release water one needs to watch for a slight wave action on the stumps or lay downs. Sometimes this action will appear as a slight ripple and other times it will be more pronounced with sometimes violent swirls as the male bass chases away predators. Jerk baits like the Gold Rouge will produce violent strikes when gently flipped near these swirls. Lizards in brown or black will often catch these bass when all else fails. In the lower lake look for the graveled bars down lake and catch these bass with the reliable spinner bait or a silently offered soft plastic. There will be many bass that have completed the spawn and will stage in six to eight feet of water off long points and on timbered breaks that drop into deeper water. These bass are suckers[no pun intended]for lipless crankbaits cranked in as quickly as one can turn the handle.

Crappy had been slow to move into the shallows but temperature and the urge to propagate left them no choice but to brave the stained water and get on with the program. On a recent bass fishing trip my clients and I observed hundreds of very large crappie slowly swimming along the reeds and in the back of coves in one foot to less than ten inches as they sought lay down bushes on which to lay their eggs. Most of this action was to the south of Captain's Cove Marina but there was quite a number of these crappie in the very back of Yankee Creek. They were so hungry that we caught several on black lizards and on white spinner baits. Had we stopped and fished for them we likely could have caught limits. There will be a lot of spawning crappie on all the rip-rap in the lake. A good way to catch this is with a slip cork which reels right up to the eye of the rod to make casting easier.The line above the cork has a small plastic stop that will allow the cast jig or lure to return to the desired depth upon casting toward the targeted area. Small twitches of the rod will make the cork dance and this action is often all one needs to turn on the crappie bite. For those of you who must fish from shore this may be the one time of the year when you are on an equal footing with those who own boats. There is nothing like setting out a lantern or several lights that shine into the water and then relaxing as the minnow on your line lures the crappie in. Limits can come from almost any part of the lake at this time.

Sandbass have been on a spawning tear now for several weeks and along with their activity comes the yellow bass and the hybrid striped bass. These fish actively feed while spawning and all three species can and will be caught from the same area. The area out in front of Bass Pro Shop is holding a huge school of sandies and hybrids. Any long point down lake with a good southern blow across it will produce fish early this month. Later they will relate to the rip-rap and points down lake after they have finished spawning. It is not unusual to catch thirty to over a hundred fish once the school is located. They can be caught on lipless crankbaits and on in-line spinners. Early this month the sandies that are in the northern end of the lake will move up the Rowlett Creek or The Trinity River. The Rowlett arm offers the no boater the best chance to get in on the action. On the Trinity side some care must be taken when running the river because of stumps and the often heavy current. Jigs cast into the eddie water on either will produce vicious and consistent strikes. Once an area is located with a few fish, just homestead it because more will soon swim up the current to your location.

This is nearing the time when the catfish move up on the rocks to spawn. Any type bait will catch these tasty fish when fished on a slip cork rig in shallow water on the rocks. Fresh caught shad would be my number one pick followed closely by soften ivory soap[I know it sounds crazy but try it and you will be hooked] molded around a treble hook. Another bait that I use are the gummy bear type sour candies. The only trouble is they melt fairly quick. My best suggestion for a stringer of cats would be the rocks along the Miller road causeway.

It is my fervent hope that everyone who likes to fish will be able to get out this month and enjoy arguably the best and easiest fishing of the year. Thanks to all who read my reports and I hope to see you on the lake.

The Cajun Guide/Johnny Procell 972-814-8942


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