I am not much on fishing weekends, especially holiday weekends, but the weather was perfect and the crowd was not as bad as expected. I had some folks that don't get to fish very often so we tied on plastics and fished a more user friendly program.
We have done well all week on some great trout with suspending lures and top waters, but that is a tough gig if you don't fish much. I hoped we would find a few more birds working, but we did well fishing the passes and cuts with Sea shads in hot chicken and Texas Roach. We caught a ton of small trout and rat reds, but still finished with a very good catch of trout and one nice flounder.
Unlike the big fish we have been catching wading and fishing suspended lures, most of these fish were in the 15 to 19 inch class. We caught our trout in either 3 to 5 feet of water or 15 to 18 feet of water. The shallow fish stayed active even when the tide slowed, but the deeper fish shut it down between changes.
I did talk with some folks that fished late and they found the reds working under birds in the mid-lake area. They caught and released several limits with gold Traps and black magic sand eels. We probably caught 25 rat reds and never caught the first slot fish. We saw a couple caught south of coffee ground and I talked with folks that caught a few on spinnerbaits around Willow Bayou.
It has been enjoyable just getting better weather and being able to put together several different programs over the past week. The sow trout are full of eggs so it wouldn't surprise me to see some heavy fish over the next month or so. You have to weigh them in to win any STAR money, but I hope folks will continue to catch and release their larger fish at least through the spawn.