Not too bad of a day on Sunday. I only fished from 5:30 to 9:30 and managed 9. The early morning bite was good but once the sun comes up on that lake I am convinced those Bass bury themselves in the endless fields of milfoil. I need to get better at fishing the milfoil; but every article I read states to fish the outside edge of the weeds this time of year; the issue......there is so much milfoil I cannot even find the "outside edge". Also; with lack of any structure in deeper water it's tough for a deep pattern. I love fishing this little lake and I typically have a good time down there but I sure would like a little help if anyone is offering? I was hoping for another 20+ bass day down there (and the way it started I was convinced I would); but the bite just shut off around 7:30 or so.
Post by Barry Bassman on Aug 12, 2015 7:03:27 GMT -5
Hey Frogman - I've had the same experience the last 5 times out on Hopewell this summer, usually in the morning from sun up til about 10AM. Decent numbers when the bite is on, but I haven't caught any bass over 15 inches (I caught 8 one morning). So, the big ones have to be holed up in the milfoil forest, on deep structure or possibly schooling around somewhere. Some mornings there is intense topwater action out in the middle, but I am pretty sure it's carp. Are you using any electronics?
Bassman; yes.....I do have electronics including DSI and SI and there is nothing on the bottom of that lake in deeper water, haha! Every time I am down there I see all of the topwater action you speak of and yes; they are mostly carp. A few years ago I saw a pretty nice sized musky come up about 20 feet away from my boat though. The lake is great in the Spring before the milfoil grows in and also in the Fall when it starts dying off but summertime is a little tough on the lake. The small Bass tend to hang around the shoreline cover but as we both agree; the big mama's are buried deep. I would say the best time to be on that lake is probably April into May.....after that; about all you'll catch are 10 inchers (with a decent one mixed in from time to time). The Bass shown in my profile pick actually came from Hopewell last year; that one I actually caught at about 11:30 AM on a very bright, hot, sunny day.......no skill involved; that one was pure luck!
Last Edit: Aug 12, 2015 15:17:23 GMT -5 by frogman