RKD - yep lure size matters
- So i'll contribute my bit concerning the bubbles report from Saturday morning taking my father there for the first time (his first time to bubbles) - I was out on Saturday and we caught over 22 keepers in about 3hrs of fun fishing - and another 30-40 in undersized that we threw back. They are picky on both size and color but especially size - out of the 10-15 boats that came/went over the 3hrs only 3 of us were catching. My dad an I were catching them on #13 Pet spoons. They wouldn't touch the mepps (size 1-4 tried - usually good producers for me). The other two guys who were catching were using small white/chartreuse jigs (I would have actually tied one in line with my spoon but had left all my crappie gear at home).
If you were using the right size lures action was almost constant with small lulls of 10m or so followed by 20-30m of action. We left them still biting at around 10:30 due to wind picking up and a stuck anchor that i ended up having to cut
I saw a lot of guys trying to throw large crank-baits (way over-sized) - and not catching anything.
some personal observations from this my first year hitting the bubbles with any regularity
1) fish are almost always there
- and it is a fun way to get/take someone fishing (most of the reason i went there this year was taking family fishing)
2) lure size and action type is the most important factor at bubbles - you need action from an artificial that triggers a strike response.
3) they gorge on the bait... live bait directly on the bubbles is a losing strategy - there is just to much of it there. That said if your looking for a nice day on the water with slower fishing... live bait a few hundred feet away will get you slow but steady action all day long as various schools move in and out.
4) action will typically occur from early morning until late morning (12) and will restart late afternoon - depending on weather can continue all day.
Enjoy if you make it out before they turn it off!