Bass Tournament! Trout! And Me!
Where: Griffin Beach, Webster Lake, Franklin, NH
Back to Webster Lake! Yes, I WILL be going to other locations, but I keep hoping to be ON Webster when the bass pre-spawn AND spawn starts. For that to happen, Webster Lake needs to warm up to at least 59 degrees.
We’ve had some warm and sunny days, so I thought today might show some heating up, both of the water temp AND the fishing action!
But, as you’ll soon see, apparently the warm and sunny days were neutralized by cool (or cold!) dark nights!
- Temperature (Air): Started at 40 degrees and ended with 60 degrees.
- Sky: Sunny & Clear
- Precipitation: 0%
- Wind: NNE @ 1 to 3 mph (very calm!) Beaufort Wind Scale)
- Humidity: 70% to 40%
- Barometer 30.15 inches
- Visibility: 10.0 miles
- Water Color: Clear
- Water Temperature: 53 degrees STILL!
Results: Bass Tournament & Trout!
Didn’t find any bass today, neither big nor otherwise.
But I did find some other BassHoles!
I learned later that there was a tournament on Webster Lake today.
It was my pleasure to meet members of a Massachusetts bass fishing club, the Bass Tactics, who were having a tournament on the lake today. They had 7 boats from the club, searching for bass.
Naturally, they can cover a lot more water in their boats (one had a Skeeter! Those are fast!), but they reported that they, too, were finding the fishing a bit slow. And it was one of the members of the club that informed me that the water temperature was still 53 degrees. But I’m not blaming HIM for the cold water.
I will email the club and ask them if they will let us know the results of their tournament. And if so, I’ll post it here!
And I’d like to thank the members of Bass Tactics for their friendliness, courtesy, and fine fishing ability! I hope to see them out on other New Hampshire lakes in the future!
I couldn’t find any bass, but I did catch a trout! I was using a lipless crankbait, just like I did on my birthday, but instead of getting a bass, I got a trout!
The trout was a good size! I didn’t measure it. I didn’t even touch it. When I was a trout fisherman, I heard that trout have a protective slime that a fisherman wants to avoid disturbing. Touching the trout with dry fingers can cause the trout to develop mold.
So I used my pliers to grab the hooks and free the trout!
Though not my target fish, I’m taking the trout to avoid being skunked!
Obviously Webster Lake is NOT warming up very fast, despite the warm weather (sometimes, of course we did have snow on Tuesday, April 26!).
So maybe it IS time to try another venue! So let’s first analyze some of the basic characteristics of Webster Lake:
- Acres: 612
- Depth: Average: 18′; Maximum: 39′
So let’s investigate some other lakes on my Fish List (like a “Wish List,” but for places to fish).
- Acres: 91
- Depth: Average: 11′; Maximum: 33′
- Hawkins Pond is one of my favorite fishing spots.
- I can actually circumnavigate the entire lake in my Hobie Float Cat.
- Hawkins is 15% the size of Webster, so maybe it’s warmer?
- Largemouth bass.
- Webster is 5 minutes away; Hawkins is 36 minutes away. Not that far.
- I haven’t attempted to get into Hawkins; will I be able to do it?
- No smallmouth bass!
- Acres: 206
- Depth: Average: 16′; Maximum: 44′
- A brand new fishing spot, recommended today by one of the Bass Tactics BassHoles!
- Only about 10 minutes away.
- Highland is 34% the size of Webster.
- Smallmouth bass.
- Not sure where the boat ramp is.
- No largemouth.
- Acres: 249
- Depth: Average: 8′; Maximum: 29′
- Another new fishing spot!
- 26 minutes away.
- Pemigewasset is 40% the size of Webster.
- Both smallmouth & largemouth bass.
- Say what? Hard to pronounce!
- Have to figure out where it is.
- Acres: 602
- Depth: Average: (unlisted); Maximum: 91
- Still ANOTHER new fishing lake?
- 27 minutes away.
- Pleasant Lake is about the same size as Webster.
- Loads of smallmouth & also largemouth.
- Just have to find it!
- Deep! May not be warmed up yet.
- Acres: 350
- Depth: Average: 13; Maximum 35
- Yup. It’s new. You can see I am a true Taurus! I got a birthday card once that read: “Taurus: You live in a rut. And love it!” But I do want to branch out and try some new lakes!
- 33 minutes away.
- Wicks is 57% the size of Webster.
- Both smallmouth and largemouth bass.
- Again, must figure out the details of getting there.
- Still a very large body of water.
- Acres: 4,624
- Depth: Average: ??; Maximum: 154
- I have fished Winnisquam, with my fishing buddy and his Bass Tracker boat.
- It’s an incredible fishery.
- Within 30 minutes.
- Both largemouth and smallmouth bass.
- Huge! 7 times larger than Webster! Can I break it down to size?
- Would need to study the area to figure out where I could fish.
Well, I certainly have some thinking to do!
Based on the data above, where do YOU think I should go next?
Roger, The Smiling BassHole