It’s hard to think of summer being over with temperatures flirting with the 80’s and the leaves all still intact, but fish are driven by a different calendar which tracks the shorter days and the cooling water temps. Ordinarily I would be on the boat this Sunday, but with my tow vehicle in the shop, I resorted to wading the shoreline from Sandpiper Beach south. As I approached the shore from the parking lot, the gulls gave me the bad news. The birds had moved offshore and found better hunting for stunned shad in the propwash of larger boats. The constant shoreline summer blitzes were over.
I cast for 1.5 hours without a single hit. In the last 30 minutes I found one dink LM Bass and 3 small whites. On this gorgeous cool, calm afternoon I would have gone home happy just being out here, but there is always something reassuring about catching at least one.
Although it was a perfect day to be out, the white bass fishing could have improved with a 20+ wind out of the south and a bit of cloud cover. From here on out, if you are on foot, you may wish to plan your trips for mornings and dusk paying special attention to the wind. If you have a boat, you can find the humps, drop-offs and sunken points where the schools will stage out of the shallows.
There are still a lot of good white bass days left into October but they require a bit more planning and hunting.
P.S. The “fishing report” on the wall at Sportmens Warehouse for Saylorville that has gone pretty much unchanged since June can be erased now.. don’t you think?