First, thanks for joining the CalBassin Team
Now to my question: how do you deal with rapidly rising water conditions? Here's the situation..my home lake, Sonoma in Northern California, has risen about 20 feet in the last ten days. Coupled with that, we have had 5 or 6 fronts blow through in rapid succession, so I don't know if we're dealing with pre- or post-frontal conditions or both. The water in the upper part of the lake is muddy, but the water down closer to the dam is just moderately stained. Water temp is 50-52 degrees. The bite has almost totally shut down. How do I attack this?
Thanks Jim for the question. I would stay away from the muddy water and concentrate on the stained water. I would use spinner baits, chatter baits, and rattling crank plugs with a wide wobble with a square lip bouncing it off the cover. Fish slow and deliberate. If there is brush in the water, I would pitch or flip it with a jig. Once again, slow and deliberate. If this doesn't work, I would use my electronics and start looking out deeper for balls of bait. Fish the points and the humps at the level that the balls of bait are traveling. I would use drop shot, shakey head, and dart head. Remember it's winter, 50 degrees, fish slow, slow, and slow.