July 4th holiday is a time that many take off and go camping for the week and incorporate fishing into their vacation as well. Camping lakeside is very enjoyable and relaxing as well and when the fish are cooperating this makes for a very enjoyable time. Seems that the fish are in the same mode as last year and the lake is setting up in a similar way as well.
The springs in New Hampshire the last two years have been very wet and cool and looking at this lake, there seems to be something happening to this body of water. The normal spots that we catch better quality fish from have changed their weed content from coontail to more of a stringy weed and these are not holding many numbers or size of fish.
I usually fish this lake a lot with a Carolina rig and do very well as every few hours out there usually gives up 10-15 fish regularly. Lately, 4-5 fish out there is good and many fishers that are there every weekend are only catching a few all weekend. Plastics are a big producer here usually but this was another weird year that had some twists. Of the 25 or so bass caught this week, only two of them came on plastics and all the rest came on the Carolina Chips Crankbait. This lake has never been a Crankbait lake for me the past 4-5 years but that is all that we could catch them on this year.
We were concentrating our efforts in the 6-8 foot depths and had to have some sort of green weed in the area to hold any fish. There were no big fish caught all week and only heard of one 4 pounder caught from this lake all week. The Crankbait was producing 2-2.5 pound fish consistently but nothing bigger and only a couple that were smaller. The regulars that fish here say that something is happening to the lake but havent figured out yet what that is. I always look forward to fishing here and enjoy the quality fish that it will produce, and will be back again next year and will have to look for a few new tactics to try to turn the catching around.