My wife and I are heading up to SML in mid-April. This will be our first trip to the lake; we're planning to rent a place by Bernard's Landing. I realize the water temp may still be too cold. But was wondering if anyone have any thoughts on shore fishing in that part of the lake. Thanks!
Post by flintster55 on Mar 19, 2018 8:12:43 GMT -5
Water temp will probably be mid 50s or even close to 60 by that point. The spawn be starting up and the fish should be moving shallow. I like down towards the dam and in craddock creek that time of year. Super clear water and a little less boat traffic than some other areas.
too bad you didnt say Mariners Landing, i shore fish right across from there. night crawlers are my go to, but at times i use chicken livers and cut bait(bluegill or white perch) as well. crappie, perch(white and yellow) seem to be the most active fish for me that time of year. though april is the only month i have ever caught strippers while shore fishing at SML. seems i catch more flatheads than channels in the cooler water as well. i like a slip rig on the bottom for livers/cutbait; and a drop shot with nightcrawler usually is my go to.
Im assuming you are chasing LMB and SMB. If so the advice given is great. My only piece of advice .. fluorocarbon will be your friend down by the dam. Oh...and be ready to deal with the tournament guys who like to rip the fish off the nest...good luck!