It was a cold early morning boat ride yesterday, but we could not have asked for better weather conditions.The vast majority of the lake is as clear as you will ever find it making it a little difficult to sneak up on fish on the shallow flats. Long casts and no banging around are a must. The only folks I talked with that didn't like the weather were the duck hunters, but the water is till high and clear in the marshes and it really has the ducks scattered.
We could have fished the birds all day long, but there were other bites going on that produced larger trout. The water was 58.5 degrees at daylight and only 2 degrees warmer at noon. We stayed with tails only because they produced more bites and we were only fishing a few hours. We went through a lot of fish with most of our keepers ranging from 2 to 4 pounds.
The redfish never managed to find us and that was a change. That bite, however, has been more consistent for me in the afternoons. We had no reason to fish with any other colors than bone diamond and plum chartreuse. I apparently haven't been fishing the Lil John enough lately, but it worked well yesterday. I did talk with two other groups that did find the redfish and bass as well fishing the marsh drains and back lakes.
Make sure you know if the water you have been fishing prior to duck season is leased before you just pile in there. A great deal of it is and you may learn that the hard way. If you look up only to see decoys on the water you are in the wrong place!