Took the float tube out tonight for a few hours hoping to get some good top water bass fishing in. Arrived around 4:30 and fished to dark.
Things were a lot slower than I expected in the afternoon. I was casting poppers for a good hour and a half without much luck. The water was actually quite warm, probably even a bit out of the comfort zone for bass, so this was likely the issue.
I gave up on the poppers and went subsurface with an angora bugger and things started to pick up a bit. Landed a pike, a couple largemouth bass and a few small overzealous baby bass. Nothing spectacular, but better than nothing.
As evening approached and the temps cooled a bit and the sun started to set, I ditched the bugger and went back to poppers… again, no luck. As a last-ditch effort, I thought I’d try tying on a smaller terrestrial fly and twitching it on the surface. A few minutes in, I made a cast close to shore; I’m guessing in about a foot of water. One twitch and I saw something subtly gulp my fly down. I thought it was either another tiny bass or a bluegill – sure looked like it from the delicate take. Then it ran straight at my tube… fast. I was stripping line as fast as I could to keep tension on and I knew then that I was into a better fish. This nice largemouth was the result:
To be honest, I’ve fished this water a few times before and never been overly impressed with it. Had I not caught this just before heading in, I likely wouldn’t have been too excited to come back. I know they’re in there now though, so I’ll definitely be back to find more of these in the near future!