Notes From A Maine Pond - Post-Spawn Bass Fishing
Back in Maine after wintering in sunny Florida. The weather has been very rainy the past week and the lake rose over a foot overnight. Everything is flooded and docks have washed away! Before the floods, I was able to catch many bass in the shallows tight to the shore. Although I could not see any beds, I believe most of these fish were males guarding the nests. I backed off from the shore and began to catch some nice fish over the submerged lillipads. Down by the dam was also a hot spot because the alewifes were swimming over the dam on their spawning run. BassPro Kermi frogs were a hot bait as well as chartreuse spinnerbaits dressed with Yamamoto kreatures.Once the rains came and the lake flooded, I had to start all over to find a new pattern. What seems to have happened is that the bass moved into the flooded areas that were formerly inaccessable. Now I could get in there and by switching to a jointed Rapala I started catching some really big fish. Twitching the Rapala over submerged weed beds was deadly. One morning this week I caught 22 bass in an hour with four of them over three pounds. My big bass this week was a fat 6 pounder caught near the submerged dam. From the looks of this fish, I think she was feeding on the alewifes pouring into the lake.