Another cold day out on Hopewell on Saturday. Water temps were at 52 upon arrival a 7:30 AM. After braving the cold and wind for about 4 hours we managed to catch 5 Bass. Quite honestly; the Bass seemed just a touch larger than the normal 10" Hopewell Bass as well. Also; all Bass were caught in shallow water (less than 3-4 feet). I wasn't really expecting much with the cold temps; cold water and wind but very happy we managed a few. But unless we get a nice string of warmer weather I am thinking that may have been the last trip out on that lake for the season. Unfortunately Hopewell did not yield anything of decent size for me this year (although that lake did give up 154 Bass to me this season); but I'll be back there strong in the Springtime trying to latch onto one of the giants that I know live in that lake. Overall a decent season this year; between Hopewell and Chambers my total Bass count was good (Chambers gave up another 138)! Hopefully with a few new techniques and revisiting some old techniques those numbers will be much larger next year. See you all back on the water in 2016!
Water level at Hopewell is perfectly fine; it doesn't seem to be down at all. So launching the boat was no problem whatsoever. The problem is the forest of milfoil; its about 2 inches from the top of the water right now. But I just tilted up the motor and barreled through it. Once you get out past the fishing pier though you're good to go. As far as the large cove to the left of the islands unless you have a kayak you're not going to get back in there. Also; the water is VERY clear right now; it dinges up a little bit down towards the dam but the majority of the lake was as clear as drinking water.