Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Water Level Causes Slow Bite

With recent flooding in the area, the water level in Rice Lake went up quite drastically a couple of weeks back as the locks were opened and water poured in. Needless to say, this old dog got taught a few new tricks as the bite was extremely slow. The rising water levels moved the bass shallower into cover and onto structure. Spots that held bass in previous weeks were not producing. I now know to move shallower as the water level rises and deeper as the water level falls. Shallow water bass become less spooky and more aggressive as the water level rises and deep water bass become much more scattered and less aggressive as the water level rises. The opposite holds true as the water level drops. The only thing that remained the same was the fact that the only bait working were Slammers. As the bite slowed, I had to try other baits like Senkos, Cranks, Topwater and Tubes, yet none of these were producing fish. Understanding water levels is an important factor in helping an angler catch bass as conditions change.I am now going to put a marker at the waters edge that way I can quickly notice how the water level changed in relation to the marker. You learn something new every day.

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