After many days of not-so-favorable fishing weather, we were blessed with ideal conditions to enjoy a day on the lake. Even with the water being slightly muddy, good reports have been coming in at both Whippoorwill and Ingrams marinas. Both RV parks were filled with fish-hungry folks.With the water conditions, catfishing still remains strong almost anywhere on the lake. Prepared catfish bait and worms are your best bet.
There are some reports of channel catfish even being taken with crickets. Bream and shellcracker are beginning to get active with reports of nice catches being taken in 4 to 6 feet of water, and crickets and worms are being used. Some folks are using beetle-spins with success as well.
Local grocery manager Mike Jones and I enjoyed a half day fishing this past Thursday. We ended with a nice mess of bream, shellcrackers and catfish from around the Bell Lake area.
My trusty sidekick, Ace, and I fished late afternoon and ended up with 30 nice bream and shellcrackers using worms and crickets. This coming moon in May should really turn on the pan fish bite.
Bass fishing remains strong with reports of good catches of quality bass coming in to both marinas. Bass are being taken from the Little River area all the way to the Talquin Dam.
As promised, here are the results from the Leon County Sheriff's Department Bass Tournament:
First Place: Kimbrel and Clint Brown with five fish at 22 pounds, 13 ounces.
Second Place: Buddy Lindsey and Carlton Allen with 20 pounds, 6 ounces.
Third Place: Jimmy Johns and Howard Cartwright with 19 pounds, 11 ounces.
Big Fish: Sarah Dunn at 8 pounds, 14 ounces.
There were 111 boats entered with a total of 380 bass weighed in. The FWC was on hand to examine all bass before being released back into the lake. Very few dead, injured or diseased were found and the FWC reported the bass in Lake Talquin were healthy. Great news for bass anglers.
The lake temperature is normal with water conditions muddy-stained but clearing. Water temperature is between 70 and72 degrees. Hope to see you soon, until then, tight lines and good fishing.
Wayne "Captain D" Dudley is a fishing guide at Lake Talquin. Look for Captain D every week.