With a near record high of 68 degrees in the forecast for today (Friday), I decided to take a day of vacation and headed out around 7 this morning to see if the white bass were still down in the Marina lagoon. A front had moved through last night with lots of heavy rain and the forecast said we were expecting some strong winds today but I got lucky; when I first got on the water it was nice and calm. Unfortunately that didn’t last long and by 8, the wind was kicking pretty good. And, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to take advantage of the nice weather; when I got there there were already 3 boats in the water and by the time I left a bit after 12, there were at least 10 other boats out here, half of them fishing for sauger.
The fishing itself wasn’t that good though; I caught a few dinks like the one in the pic, a skipjack which measure at least 12 inches, and maybe 10 white bass but they weren’t big like the ones I was catching the day before Christmas. Once the wind picked up, I was pretty busy keeping the boat in place with the trolling motor so I didn’t take any more pictures. As you can see on the fish finder, the water is still 48 degrees (In January!). I’m hoping that the big lakes get down to winter pool level soon so that the Corps of Engineers stops releasing so much water into the Cumberland river, and we boaters will be able to get back out on the main river to fish again.