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Early May Report!
The rains have hammered the watersheds of the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay this week. Almost five inches of rain fell on the area and caused flooding and muddy water conditions all over the region. Boating conditions have been challenging with full size trees floating in the river channels and a lot of floating debris piles all over the waterways. See my facebook video of these conditions
The flooding has changed fishing patterns and techniques. Wide wobbling crankbaits and rattling baits have been the key to generating strikes in these muddy conditions. The bass will continue to feed on Shad, crawfish and white perch until the spawn kicks in. Crankbaits, chatterbaits and jigs have produced the best catches in my boat over the last week.
Even though the conditions have been challenging the catches have been big. All the bass in the region are prespawn are full of eggs and are at their heaviest weight of the year. This is one of the best times of year to catch a big fish. Check out some of the catches over the last couple of weeks.
The Potomac River is also in the prespawn mode with fish getting ready to take the spawning flats. The milfoil grass is growing nicely on the Potomac and the bass have started to move into the grass beds. Expect this to continue over the next month. Crankbiats and chatterbaits have been the best producers on the Potomac and soft plastic creature baits and Senko’s have been great producers in the grass beds.
Water temperatures have been hovering around the mid 50’s in the main Bay and main River, with temps in the mid to upper 60’s in the backwaters. Temperatures are expected to rise over the next couple of weeks. This warming should kick the largemouth into the spawning season. As this takes place, look for soft plastic presentations to dominate the bite.
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