The recent string of steady weather has certainly stabilized conditions on Lake Champlain. Water temps are on the rise and the nights are getting warmer. The weeds are starting to grow and the shallows are getting more and more inhabited by baitfish, panfish and of course...predators.
On Mother's Day weekend, my good pal Benji was celebrating his birthday and asked me to join him for some birthday bassin'! We decided to attack the lake with a slightly different approach this time around. We pulled out the map and worked out a path of areas that we have yet to explore at this time of year. We targeted mostly bays that appeared sheltered and could potentially attract bass on the move towards the spawn. Water temps were in the high 50's(57-59 degrees), overcast skies and a consistant 10-15k wind from the west.
The cloud cover certainly made it very challenging to sightfish or even see into the water to identify weed growth, cover or otherwise. We spent most of our time fancasting crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swimbaits. One bait that produced some decent bites on this particular day was a weedless swimbait in the form of a Berkley Havoc Grasspig designed by bass-pro Bobby Lane. I used it to cover water in these vast weedy shallow bays and it managed to trick some thick females into biting. The second presentation that produced was a basic 1/2oz black and blue jig with a Chigger Craw as a trailer pitched to visible cover in these weedy bays such as wood or weed clumps.
Overall, we managed to boat about 24 bass, best 5 going about 19lbs. No nickels but we did have 3 fish over 4lbs. Although I am sure that we could have probably posted some better numbers if we hunkered down and really focussed on productive areas, I am content in the fact that we stuck to a plan and put in the time exploring new water and environments. Hopefully this homework leads to a better understanding of the lake that can help me out later this summer as I prep for the FLW Everstart event in July.