8/12/12 I took the kayak out for a trip on the Elkhorn this afternoon. The water flow was very low–around 8 cfs. I launched into the pool above Robinson dam, and paddled about half way to Great Crossings. The water was completely still, and covered in duckweed and algae.
I wasn’t really sure about what to expect, paddling through pea soup. After I launched, it became obvious that I could use this to my advantage. Bait fish were running and jumping all over the surface. Predators underneath chasing the schools out of the water–I switched to a yo-zuri pin’s minnow. No hits. Then I tied on a chartreuse roostertail, and a couple of throws later I landed a small smallmouth. I had the color, lure, and method figured out, looking for bait swells, casting across the boil, and swimming the bait through the bait ball. Soon I landed a nice little 12″ largemouth, followed by a 10″ smallmouth.
Over a two hour period, I caught four decent smallmouth and three decent largemouth. Additionally, I caught over thirty small largemouths and smallmouths. Pretty much non-stop.
I figured out that if you look for gaps in the duckweed, in areas that are otherwise completely covered, bass are hanging out there, feeding heavily. The fish weren’t huge, but they were heavy, and well fed.