I got the chance to take some kids for a boat ride this afternoon, so I took it. It wasn’t much of a fishing trip, but I did have the sonar pinging and we did jig for a few minutes.
The water was 49 to 50F, warmer than I expected given how cold it was last weekend. The air was in the low 60s late afternoon, falling below 50 by the time we pulled put at dusk.
I did not see the widely dispersed bait clouds I saw two weeks ago, but rather scattered schools with high densities surrounded by mostly empty water. Most of the bait globs were small and oriented to trees. I took the kids to the State Park and docked, letting them play in the playground.
Then we motored around for a while looking for fish in some of the State Park coves. We found several bait schools near a sharp drop off from 40 feet to 80 feet, with a few larger fish passing through. We stopped and jigged for a few minutes and saw more than one fish following my sons jig on sonar. At one point I thought I had a light bite, so I hauled on the rod, only to find I had snagged a tree branch. After breaking off, I decided it was time to head back before it got totally dark.