Headed out to Hopewell yesterday morning hoping to catch a nice fall bite; what I encountered was 41 degree temps; wind and 58 degree surface temperature. The water has cooled off very quickly. I managed one Bass on a shallow crankbait and that was it. There were a total of 3 boats on the water while I was there (8:00 AM until 11:00 AM). Hopefully this weeks weather warms the water back up jut a little. Surface temps were around 61 when I left. Two weeks ago surface temps were around 69. Hopefully there's still a chance for an excellent Fall bite.......
I was there after you from 2-6pm. First time fishing the lake. Got a jon boat with no electronics yet, looking to get a nice Lowrance fish finder over the winter. Beat the banks, shallow water, and lily pads first with no luck. Then fished 6-8' of water just off the banks and in front of the dam and managed a few 10-12" largemouth dragging a drop shot with finesse worm. Very light wind and sunny.
I was one of those 3 boats, on from 7:00 a.m. until just after noon. It was just 38 when I launched, and with the damp from the fog it was cold! I managed 5 bass, 3 on plastics on the edges of what's left of the pads, and 2 more dinks on my way back in on a black x-rap fished out from the bank. Nice not to have to fight the crowds on the lake.
Glad to see you both caught a few Bass. I was pretty cold for the first 2 hours; I guess I shouldn't have worn shorts, haha! I tried for the shallow bite pretty much the whole 3 hours that I was there; it sounds like I should have moved off shore just a little. Glad to hear the wind died down. When I went back in between the two islands around 10 or so the wind was really blowing into them. I did find a few pods of bait on my electronics out from the old beaver dam but couldn't find any takers though. Yes; it was GREAT only have a few boats on the lake. Nice having the whole lake to just 3-4 of us : )