Nothing like a lil Five Man Electric Band reference. Mo Nature hit hard again today and tomorrow doesn’t look much better to be honest. Starting Tuesday I will be back at it, but not with clients. I have had Tuesday and Wednesday booked I believe 4 separate times, but the cancellation bug is out and it’s biting. I can certainly understand why. Those of you that are booked up for the coming weeks please understand……it will get better. Go back and read my reports from last year. We had TERRIBLE days every single month and some Fantastic ones every single month. This year is setting up the same way…..If I was somebody considering a Falcon trip I would look loooooooooong and hard at April, May, June, and July……again I don’t blow smoke. You all should know that by now. lol. I think those 4 months are going to be dang good most days, but with that said we are off to a MUCH slower March than I anticipated.
I have some FANTASTIC return clients/friends on the way over the next 2 months. I also have quite a few first time highstakesbassin.com clients on the books as well. I can promise you all one thing…..you will have a guide that is on the water nearly every single day with or without clients. I am not siting in my house pouting about the piss poor fishing. I am out looking for magic and I plan on finding it…..
Looking forward to seeing these highstakesbassin.com veterans again in the coming weeks
Not even the force could save Luke today. Luke’s brother Adam came down to visit him for a few days and was determined to go tangle with Falcon for a few hours.
Yeah…….didn’t go well. We put a half of a day in the books with 3 bites and ZERO boated fish.
I had a great time with these fellas regardless of the terrible fishing. They are both in fields of work that I have a great deal of respect for and can’t thank them enough for what they do each and every day.
I sure do appreciate Travis and Dustin coming down. They don’t live far away and certainly could of easily canceled, but they decided to come down and give it heck with me. The day started out pretty dang good with Travis connecting on a 6 ish lber right of the bat on a crankbait in a creek channel. We did not get a pic of the fish and I am not happy with myself either. I made the call to “belly” the fish as apposed to grabbing the net. No need to tell you how that ended. Travis would of looked good holding that fish up for a photo opp and trust me I need those photo opps too………
One thing to note about today is that I caught a fish off of a rock……I know shocker, it certainly was to me. It was nabbed on a 3/8 ox trigged grub….yeah split tail grub. That fish was the first “rock” fish that I have personally caught since October. We are back at it tomorrow….stay tuned.
No no no no…….not that Dr. J…..THIS Dr. J
I know what you’re thinking…..dang Jay that doesn’t look like a slam dunk!…..lol. Well, you’re right it’s more of a free throw. But at this stage of the game I’ll take as many free throws as I can get. Right now there is no such thing as a “free throw” on Falcon Lake……trust me.
We had 4 bites today and put every one of them in the boat. We caught the one pictured on a Strike King 3xd in the creek channel. We caught two on a Texas Rigged Yum Whoo Daddy and I caught my lone fish on a spinnerbait. I am back at it tomorrow with Travis and his buddy. Come on Falcon.
Here we are March 3rd and we are getting pummeled by yet another arctic blast. The fishing is as bad right now as I have ever seen it. A lot of folks are calling me, emailing, texting, etc. asking what is going on. Number one, I am not a marine biologists and while I could spew a bunch of convincing BS as to what is going on I have chose not to for the most part. This essay qualifies under the category of “for the most part”. I am going to try and answer the most commonly asked questions below:
1.) Why are there no fish on rocks/deep structure right now?
We have to go back to April 22nd and at that point we were sitting at 256.51 or 44.69 feet low. That was our lowest water level since September of 2005. After that low point we had 3 different instances where we caught several feet of water in a short period of time. The last instance was in October and it pushed the bass to the backs of every creek.
This also coincided with our first major cold fronts of the year which dropped our water temps and sent the baitfish to the backs of the creeks as well. The bass and bait haven’t left and nor will they until we start dropping water. They have no reason to leave the shallows right now. Go to the back of any creek and the first thing you will notice are the piles upon piles of threadfin shad. It’s like we have a threadfin shad spawn dang near every month. You will also notice all of the flooded new and old growth that provides great cover for these fish. Can you catch some fish on deep structure? Sure, but it will be an even longer day than usual. Trust me I want to get out there. Here are two fish caught off of deep rock structure in the Tigers about a month ago.
2.) Should I still come down and is it worth my time and money?
YES……YES and a lot more of YES. I am not just saying this because I am guide here either. Hey folks, lakes cycle and I don’t care what lake you are talking about. Pick one and Falcon is no different. We are currently cycling down and have been for more than a month or two….more like a year or two to be honest. Falcon is currently fishing like a “normal” lake. Well, a normal lake that has 15+ lbers swimming in it….lol. Just ask Bruce about that.
Bruce caught 2 fish that day, but one of them went 15 and change a few weeks back. What I meant by normal is that you are going to have some terrible days on the water followed by some good days, then bad, then good, etc. etc. Here is a for instance. Two days ago we got on em pretty good. Yesterday? 2 bites and zero boated fish. I talked to another guide who only boated two fish yesterday, but one of them went 10-8.
Congrats to Timmy G. and client!
3.) Will the fishing ever return to the way it was from 2008 to 2011?
Yes…….water, water, and more water. Falcon Lake is an old lake and has many years of data and history to lean on. History shows that the fishing comes and goes. It also shows that it’s correlated with water level or lack there of.
4.) Is Falcon Lake past her prime?
No. Falcon much like a lot of these South Texas and Mexico lakes go through “new lake” booms after a prolonged drought and all the new growth that develops during low water conditions. As mentioned above Falcon has a long history of bouncing back with a vengeance. I for one will not bet against it happening again…….and again…….and again. Check out the graph below courtesy of waterdatafortexas.org
I have talked to more than one long time Falcon enthusiast and in every single conversation there are periods that come up that they talk about the fishing being phenomenal. Any guesses to which years the fishing was phenomenal? Mid 70′s….Late 80′s….and the most recent boom between 2008 and 2011. Why?…..water? Yes water, but more importantly the years of drought and low water conditions before the water play a role in how hard she has bounced back and how big the “new lake” effect was. The longest period of low water on Falcon Lake occurred between the mid 90′s to early 2000′s as seen above. What happened after that was the biggest and best “new lake” effect that this lake has ever seen.
5.) What’s the best month to come down to Falcon now?
I get this question A LOT. Falcon is still a 12 month lake, but the better fishing as a whole has been happening in the summer/fall months. (May – November) 2013 showed this and I believe 2014 will follow suit especially with the terribly cold winter that we have gone through. With all that said 2015, 2016, etc, etc. could be different. Predicting what mother nature is going to do is like trying to play God. No thanks……I’ll stick to my pay grade.
6.) Heck with it Jay….I am still coming down, what should I expect? and what will we be fishing?
On MOST DAYS If you hire me you can expect to catch 3 to 10 fish a day with a VERY good opportunity at a fish in the 6-8 pound range. We will be fishing creeks from 18 inches to 12 feet of water. Our go to lures will be Norman DD14′s and Norman Deep Lil N’s in creek channels and drains. Spinnerbaits with double gold willow blades in the thick stuff. We will also be pitching brush hogs and lizards with varying weights depending on wind and depths.
7.) I am thinking about coming down in April, May, June, or July what should I stock up on?
Don’t stock up on anything. I have no clue where the bite will be during those times. I am hoping you will need to stock up on 10xd’s and 6xds, but with that said……if they don’t pull water then you will more than likely be stocking up on what was mentioned above.
I hope the Q and A was helpful. I wish anybody coming down the best of luck whether you use me or you use a different guide or you come down to wage war on Falcon alone. Here’s to hoping the fishing gets better.
MVM #9 Time is on My Side
There ya have it. My boats second skunk of 2014. Not much in the way of excuses…… Weather was great, but could not get on em today. I am staying off the water tomorrow. Another arctic blast heading our way.
….I feel pretty bad about Cindy not joining us today. She fished like a lady possessed yesterday, heck she wore me out and I wasn’t the one casting and cranking. The wind was brutal early yesterday and the sun I think finished her off in the afternoon. Like I said she didn’t stop casting until I said it was quitting time. So with the news of Cindy not joining us I decided to fish today. I literally didn’t pick up a rod yesterday. I fished as hard today as I have ever fished while guiding and when 11 o’clock rolled around I had ZERO fish and not even a singular bite. Luckily Trae brought his A game early and put us on the board multiple times with buck bass. I have never been skunked on this lake personally. I am talking fishing HARD and for a minimum of 8 hours. I was scared I was going to have to come in here and admit that I got skunked. Well…..it didn’t happen and today nearly got really special for me. I boated two 7′s and broke off a sure fire DD…..damn retama. Trae and I battle to the end today……..and let’s be clear. We worked for every single bite that came our way. We caught fish from 18 inches to 11 foot of water…… Brush hogs, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. The big girl was in 18 inches of water. I don’t normally take pictures of my fish, but after the stretch I have endured I didn’t think anybody would fault me for taking the pic of the last 7 pounder.
Today started out fantastic for us as Cindy got us on the board quickly with a buckaroo bass as pictured.
We were the first boat in OPEC creek today and there are plenty of fish in there, but not enough fish to support 30 freaking boats. 95% of the boats on Falcon Lake today were in OPEC. I don’t know who is telling all these people to go there, but I have my theories. For those of you that don’t know Falcon well OPEC is a creak on the US side between School Bus and Pierces Cove. It’s a creek that was getting very little play for months until this nuclear explosion of late……
We certainly didn’t set Falcon Lake on fire today as can be expected. I got one of “those” emails from my number one fan last night. Sooooooo I better put a “positive” spin on today’s fishing. Nobody got skunked and Super Cindy has a new personal best courtesy of Falcon Lake. The fish went 4.06 pounds. Congrats Cindy! Tomorrow we shoot for the 5 pound mark
I originally had today marked “off”, but decided to book it last week after all the boat issues I have had to pay for. To make a long story short they decided not to hit the water with me. I can’t say that I blame em to be honest. I am in one hell of a bad stretch plain and simple. These fellas are here with a big group. Hopefully somebody in the group will find something.
It’s Super Cindy and her husband Trae’s turn to challenge Falcon Lake for the next 2 days. I will have a report on the dynamic duo tomorrow after we get off the water.