After lunch we picked up mom Janice at the dock and they wanted to learn more about fishing strictly with crayfish. This family had already been on the lake in late June and had experienced Black Lake's now famous post spawn senko bite. So I set them up on one of my favorite crayfish shoals for smallmouth. Steven decided to throw out his senko first and immediately hooked up with a scrappy 3 lb smallmouth. Then we proceeded to catch nothing on the crayfish! After moving around to a couple of other shoals, I finally got the crayfish bit for them. Mom landed a beautiful 3lb smallmouth on light tackle and Dave and Steven caught several 2 lb smallmouth as well.
Overall I'd say the bass fishing on Black Lake is still better in the morning and evening hours. The crayfish bite is also spotty in the middle of the day. Both species are still relating to the schooling bluegills and are still reacting quicker to the senko then a bottom presentation.
Good luck to all fishing the lake. Please practice catch and release.