Guided Bass Trip on Black LakeOn Wednesday July 14th I had Craig Cullen, his 14 year old son Garrett, along with Garrett's uncle Scott for a guided bass trip on Black Lake. Craig and Garrett are originally from northern NY and now live in Florida. Scott still lives in the area and fishes Black Lake when he can.
The day began very overcast but did not rain, eventually clearing and becoming warm later in the day. We began the morning fishing with a few live shiners on an offshore shoal. This produced the largest bass of the day, a 4lb largemouth caught by uncle Scott. I then switched them to the senkos. Neither of them had fished the senko before and boy were they in for a lesson. They proceeded to catch bass after bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, fishing the senkos mainly on an outer weedline. More than once we had other bass following a hooked bass to the boat.
After lunch I took them to two different shoals to fish with live crayfish. One of the shoals produced five solid smallmouths which they really enjoyed on the light tackle. Later we returned to the productive weedline. They finished the afternoon off literally catching fish on their last cast. I didn't count but they seemed to think they caught over 30 bass. And I would say near half were over 15'' with some solid 3 pounders.
Overall the bass are grouping up more with largemouth and smallmouth sharing the same areas. Many of the fish are still a little slender but should begin packing on weight as the season progresses.
Good luck to all fishing the lake.
Captain Randy Yager