Saturday March 12
Finally got a chance to get out on Hickory for only the second time this year. I launched at Saunders Ferry expecting the water temps to be in the low 50’s, but to my surprise the water temp was 59 when I put in at safe light (actually found water as warm as 64 around noon). My dad and I fished from 6:30 until 12:30 and caught close to 30 bass and finished the day with our best 5 weighing just over 18 lbs.
I had planned on fishing some spots on the main lake, but due to the higher water temps I decided to fish some secondary points, rip rap, and shallow wood instead. Apparently this was the right decision. We hit several pockets and banks in Drakes Creek and a couple sections of rip rap down towards the dam. Most of the fish we caught were shallow (< 3 ft) on rattle traps or square bills. I did get a couple of a deeper point (sitting in 17 ft casting into 6 ft) on a 3xd crankbait and a 1/2oz football jig. I scanned a couple of deep spots on the main river where I have caught a lot of fish in past winters, but there was nobody home.
All in all it was a fantastic day on the water. It really seemed like most fish are either already in the spawning pockets or are staging nearby. I hope this bite keeps up and I can back on the water soon!
*** I tried to post some pictures, but it said that every picture was too large to attach. Not exactly sure how to fix that issue***
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