First Warm Water Fishing for 2018

As most of you know Walker County Lake is one of my favorite fishing destinations. I’ve landed huge bluegills here from its waters that equal those I’ve caught on my beloved Smith Lake. To say I was excited to fish it waters again after a two year absence was an understatement.



Cathey and I are still trying to adjust to the move out of state and back to Alabama; in fact it will take us the rest of this year to complete the cycle of the move. Our lot we are planning to build on is saturated with rain almost daily.  It will take weeks before any construction can start sometime in March. The building process will last at least 6 months if the weather cooperates. In the meantime we will stay dry in our rental home, which houses my Pelican boat in the carport. No way was I going to store my Pelican and miss spring fishing on some of the smaller lakes I fish here. Sorry to veer off subject, back to Walker outing:



This is the earliest I’ve fished this lake, but the forecast pulled me like a magnet to its waters today. A high of 80 degrees is somewhat unusual even for the northern part of Alabama this time of the year.

The water was somewhat stained because of all the rain making me think I was going to fish dark small to medium poppers. So I had a game plan and I hoped it would work. The water temp was 58 which is a long way from the spawning season for the big bull bluegills.

My first bull bluegill in one of the small nooks near the levee; I will let this one pass for the quest. In fact no bluegill would qualify for the quest today. It was a hoot to land so many bluegills this afternoon after being absence from this lake for a while.
The warm temps have started to produce buds on some of the trees along the lakes bank. I have a feeling we are in for an early spring here inAlabama.

The blue Booglebug popper attracted a lot bass today. It’s not your average popper; it becomes submerged when worked along the surface film. All the bass I landed today nailed it submerged. I hope to start the quest on my next outing here, which could begin Friday if the weather cooperates.

 
 

As most of you know Walker County Lake is one of my favorite fishing destinations. I’ve landed huge bluegills here from its waters that equal those I’ve caught on my beloved Smith Lake. To say I was excited to fish it waters again after a two year absence was an understatement.

Cathey and I are still trying to adjust to the move out of state and back to Alabama; in fact it will take us the rest of this year to complete the cycle of the move. Our lot we are planning to build on is saturated with rain almost daily.  It will take weeks before any construction can start sometime in March. The building process will last at least 6 months if the weather cooperates. In the meantime we will stay dry in our rental home, which houses my Pelican boat in the carport. No way was I going to store my Pelican and miss spring fishing on some of the smaller lakes I fish here. Sorry to veer off subject, back to Walker outing:

This is the earliest I’ve fished this lake, but the forecast pulled me like a magnet to its waters today. A high of 80 degrees is somewhat unusual even for the northern part of Alabama this time of the year.

The water was somewhat stained because of all the rain making me think I was going to fish dark small to medium poppers. So I had a game plan and I hoped it would work. The water temp was 58 which is a long way from the spawning season for the big bull bluegills.

My first bull bluegill in one of the small nooks near the levee; I will let this one pass for the quest. In fact no bluegill would qualify for the quest today. It was a hoot to land so many bluegills this afternoon after being absence from this lake for a while.
The warm temps have started to produce buds on some of the trees along the lakes bank. I have a feeling we are in for an early spring here inAlabama.



The blue Booglebug popper attracted a lot bass today. It’s not your average popper; it becomes submerged when worked along the surface film. All the bass I landed today nailed it submerged. I hope to start the quest on my next outing here, which could begin Friday if the weather cooperates.