The holiday weekend had brought warm windy days due to a dome of high pressure and a heat wave to the south. Black Lake is also beginning to change into it's mid-summer status. The algae bloom has begun and the water is turning green in places. The vegetation is also becoming slimy.
The fishing does appear to be tougher than a week ago. Ken and Bill caught about 20 bass throughout the day with the largest around 3 1/2 pounds. Shiners produced the fastest bite especially in the morning. Live crayfish produced smallmouth on a deep ledge but we had to wait for them to bite. The Senkos still produce but were at times difficult to fish properly in the wind. The highlight of the day was an acrobatic 3 pound smallmouth that ate Bill's Senko.
It was their first visit to Black Lake and they enjoyed the day with me and will hopefully experience more good days on the lake this week.
The next couple of weeks will be challenging at times. It can be helpful to avoid the areas where the water is really green. The fish will bite in those areas but it usually takes a more precise presentation due to their limited visibility. Bottom fishing methods sometimes work better than other methods during this period.
Good luck to everyone fishing the lake