April 16, 2015 – Spring time fishing on Richland Chambers Lake:

Sand bass, hybrids, and catfish are finally all hitting. We've been catching these catfish for a few weeks and kind of waiting on the sand bass and hybrids to show up.
Finally we are catching them all now.

The cool fronts slow them down a little but most days we have a few sand bass we can throw a rattle trap at and catch a cooler full. Unfortunately most the hybrids are anywhere from an inch short of 18 inches with a lot just being 10 to 11 inches long. They need to be 18 inches to be legal keepers. We're going to be loaded with good hybrids in a couple of years. So be careful handling the smaller fish try not to damage there mouth and wearing a rubber coated glove helps them keep their protective coating so they can make it to maturity.

I'm looking for feeding birds to guide me to the fish and also some of the traditional spots are just holding fish. Places like Pelican Island, long arm, and wind sock are all good places to run your graph over and just see if you mark any fish. If I mark fish on the deep structures I turn my boat, idle back drop the trolling motor and drop a slab down. It's all fun weather you catch them on rattle traps or slabs.
I like to fish for catfish on the windy days which just makes everything work better. The bait I favor this time of year is fresh caught shad. The shad are finally spawning so around daylight I can usually catch enough bait for the morning fish.

Crappie I believe will be a little slow back to the brush piles with all the cool weather and fresh water we have had. They are so unpredictable; I'll work on them in May and June.

Good luck and happy fishing!
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