Aldo Nava (www.niagarafishingadventures.com), and I had a chance to fish Lake Erie, NY to see if the largemouth and smallmouth bass have finished spawning. Surface water temperature was around the 20C range and there looked like there was quite a bit of early-season weed-growth. We checked some shorelines and confirmed that the majority of bass had indeed finished spawning and most have even left guarding their spawning sites. As most of you know, we had an early nice weather this year and water temperatures warmed-up quickly and spawning bass took advantage of it.
We chose to “twitch” the Rapala Husky Jerk #11 and also the new Rapala Max Rap. Both lures produced well. We both landed largemouth bass and smallmouth bass up to about 4lb. in size. We use the Rapala Shift rods with Volt & R-Type reels. I even had a chance to test the new Shift baitcasting reel and it worked excellent! Aldo also landed a couple of pike and we even took advantage of schooling sheepshead in 27-30′ of water using light-action rods and 4″ tubes on the bottom.
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Conditions look right to shoot a couple of TV shows next week and than it’s off to Windsor, ON to attend the ICHA Handicapable Fishing Derby.