I was looking at the weather charts on Friday. It showed temperatures of 35 degrees with a 15 mph north wind. But it also showed a moderately rising barometric pressure all day long. The temperature and wind didn't make a difference and once again this unique situation proved to be incredible for fishing.
The Lake Somerville dam has been closed for a couple months but the COE cracked it open to 94 cfs. on Friday. I started my Saturday morning fly fishing the chute. It was an incredible situation combined with an incredible day. I began catching white bass on almost every cast. They were big too. Most in the 14 to 16 inch range, including one, over 16 inches that would have broken my Yegua creek record by 3 ounces if I had decided to register it. There was also a short run by the hybrids. I caught 3 and lost 2 more. The biggest going 4 lbs. I ended up catching over 35 white bass between 6:30 and 8:30 AM.
At 8:30 I left the dam and headed to the creeks to fish with William "Ben" Tedrick. We started working our way upstream in the creek hitting all the deep holes. The LMB were on fire. I caught 5 LMB in the first hole and 7 in the next hole, along with several bluegill.
Finally, we worked our way up to the third and deepest hole on the creek. I decided to fish it from the deepest and most "unfishable" side. After falling through the stacked up timber, smashing a fingernail, a few scrapes and sliding down the bank I got into a tight spot to do some roll casting. All the pain was well worth it though. I started picking up more bass. Then I pinpointed some crappie. I started roll casting around a sunken tree and catching big 12 to 13 inch crappie and bluegill on about every other cast. I ended up catching 15 plus big crappie, another 6 LMB and a dozen or so bluegill.
Hooking a fish is like playing string with a cat. The exact size, shape, color of string matters less than how you wiggle it- and little cats are easier to fool than big ones. John Gierach
After watching your video Ben I realized I left a bunch of fish out of my count, LOL.
The last time I remember this same situation was in the middle of the week and I was working while you and Jared destroyed the white bass in the same creek. I'll be watching the barometric pressure for these days from now on.
Each year in the fall Ben has taken me on some Epic fishing trips. Catching Crappie, Largemouth bass and sunfish in the Colorado, Brazos, Yegua creek, etc. And each year in the spring we have a couple of Epic trips for white bass. What made this day truly special was the combination of the 2. Then you add the hybrids into the equation. Lake Somerville has not been stocked with hybrids for over 2 years. This year we saw a big decrease in the number of hybrids we caught in the spillway. So catching just one big one from the bank on the fly always makes for a great day. Even when they break you off (using 6 lb. fluoro, ugh) it's exciting. You ever notice they like to tease you before they break you off. They come right up to the surface and turn sideways into the current so you can see them before they break you off