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Spent the evening hours on Lake Athens today. Planned to arrive earlier but a tire blowout on the trailer as we neared Seagoville delayed the start.
Noticed a lot of schooling activity in the evening. Most of the fish were between 1 to 2 lbs. Noticed a few nicer fish in the schools too.
The fish were feeding heavy on recent shad spawn - most of the shad being spit up were 1/2 to 3/4 of inch (maximum) in length. Water depth of the active schools were in 15 ft of water. Noticed the fish school from the bank to about 75 to 100 yards from the bank. Fish were running the shad from the bank - out to the end of the nearby hump/ridge to were most of the submergent grass edges were located.
At times a 100 ft by 100 ft area would totally erupt in activity - more like a uber large school of sandbass - but definitely were largemouth.
Started with several hits and connections on a double willow spinnerbait with approximately #3 blades. After catching a couple of fish and seeing them spit up the uber tiny baits on the deck, seat and transom, I downsized to a 1/8 ounce spinnerbait with a small shad body trailer and had more frequent connections.
As the sun started to set, left the schoolies and went to fling some topwaters around several docks with grass around the edges and picked up a couple before calling it an evening.
If I had more time I would have grabbed some sort of plastic and fished some of the dock more thoroughly.
Spoke to a couple of anglers as we launched or returned to load the boat. Most people reported small fish - with 1 gentlemen saying he caught a 5 lber. Most people mentioned the 10 to 15 ft depth as key.
I'm simply a recreational angler sharing a post of my evening. Giving the blown tire, I was simply glad to be in the outdoors away from the big city.
Edited to add. My favorite moment on the lake happened as we pointed the trolling motor and boat towards a series of docks after making the decision to leave the school of active fish. From behind, I heard a boat containing a father or grandfather erupt in excitement as the young anglers lures were eaten by fish in the school. As I listened to the gentleman's instructions to the young anglers - it reminded me of days I spent on the water in the outdoors with my stepfather.
Edited by CRAPPIEJIGN (07/13/15 12:50 AM)