Late April Largemouth Bass Fishing On A Lake

Fishing on the Lake

If you have read any of my fishing hubs you may know that I rarely go fishing at the lake, and rarely go largemouth bass fishing. My normal fishing buddy and I both wanted to branch out this year however and go fishing for different things in new places. Another good friend of ours that lives in Arkansas fishes lakes near his house regularly in a bass boat. So we set up a plan for the three of us to go fishing. My buddy that owns the boat told me from the time we got to his house it would only take about 10 minutes to get to the lake and get the boat in the water. He was near spot on. It might have been quicker but he wanted me to back his boat trailer up which I did a terrible job of. I know... What mid 20's guy can't back up a trailer??? They had a good time giving me static about it. You are welcome to as well.

The First Catch

My friend that owns the boat had his poles rigged up already so as we were tying our lines it pulled the boat up next to a bank and cast his line. His first cast brought in a very respectable largemouth and got us all pumped. While he had the intention of keeping any fish we could, the particular lake we were fishing has a slot limit I guess it changes yearly. This year they want anglers to keep any largemouth under 13 inches and over 18 inches. Anything between 13 and 18 inches must be released back in to the lake. So I snapped a few pictures and he returned the fish back in to the lake. My friend that owns the boat was explaining that one of the people responsible for caring for the lakes explained to him that they wanted people to keep the fish and follow the slot rules even if it seemed strange to keep smaller fish because that was how they kept the lake population healthy. It's strange, but when you think about it I guess it makes sense.


The first catch of the day
The first catch of the day
A catch by my other friend. While it may not be as impressive as the bigger fish  above... Because of the slot rules this one was a keeper while the big fellow was not.
A catch by my other friend. While it may not be as impressive as the bigger fish above... Because of the slot rules this one was a keeper while the big fellow was not.

After that first impressive catch we were all three excited... And we didn't catch another fish for about an hour. Fortunately, none of us were in a hurry to do anything else so eventually we started getting some play. Originally I started with a plastic worm, but after we weren't getting anymore bites for a while I switched to live worm just to see what would happen. This led to my first two catches being bluegill.


My first largemouth of the year.
My first largemouth of the year.

Come on Largemouth!!!

I hadn't actually caught a largemouth yet this year, so I was really hoping to bring one in. The boat owner pulled in a few more really impressive ones, and my other buddy caught two as well. I still had only caught my two bluegill and was starting to get ansy.

As the afternoon started to shifting in to evening the fish started biting better and I brought in my first largemouth on a live worm. Finally! He wasn't overly impressive, but I was still pretty excited.

Also my first largemouth of the year.
Also my first largemouth of the year.
Another impressive catch by my friend that owned the boat.
Another impressive catch by my friend that owned the boat.

The One That Got Away

As much as I hate mentioning it, my friend that owns the boat hooked a monstrous largemouth. Big enough that all three of us were excited like children on Christmas morning waiting for him to bring it in. It's hard to fairly judge the size accurately and I don't like to exaggerate my fishing stories. Too maintain all honest... Based on how it looked in the water I would say it was as big as his first catch pictured above plus half that size again. Big enough he would have had to consider getting it mounted. Unfortunately, it spit the hook back out right as he got it up to the boat.

Another catch by me.
Another catch by me.

The one that got our way did not dampen our mood or ruin our experience and we did bring in a lot of fish. It was certainly fun to get out on the lake and try something different. I do have to say though that the next day when I fished my creek again it was shocking how much different the fish truly hit. The lake largemouth bass did put up a decent fight, but the smallmouth in the creek I was catching the very next day hit with twice the fervor when they were half the size. I did have a blast though and look forward to doing it again soon.

Our collection of keepers
Our collection of keepers
Another view of our collection of keepers.
Another view of our collection of keepers.

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u-turn 4 years ago from AZ. STATE

Way to go Joe. Phillbert she is pretty, nice looking marks and the color suggests clear water.


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u-turn 4 years ago from AZ. STATE

'Oh i see yellow worms in the tail, 4got what they are called. Bass don't always have them, but warm water more prone to seeing them. When you put salt they will straighten out and look like a worm. Some times they are in the filet and when you salt they will stretch out, but you can also get rid of them and besides they don't hurt you. IT IS A PARASITE, THE LITTLE ONES IN THE TAIL FIN. GOD BLESS


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Phillbert 4 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks U-turn. Good call on the worms. I held the fish in person and didn't notice the worms. I usually fish in cold stream water where it's not as common for fish to get them. Thanks for pointing it out. I'll have to remember to keep my eye open for them next time I go. I want to try the salt thing.

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