Reminiscent of some of the U. S. Open events of the 1980’s, the thermometer hit upwards of 109 on Lake Mead today and more heat is on the way.

Yet the bite seems a bit of a puzzle for this year’s contest. Fish are being caught–and the preponderance of them are smallmouth–by¬† wide margin. And though there had been some grass a year ago, it is now very thick in many parts of the lake, from what I witnessed, which was in accord with the fishermen I talked to.

“I know the fish are in there,” said former winner John Kerr of Ramona, “I just haven’t figured how to get them to bite.” He also noted the best bite has been early. “I hardly get a bite after 8 a.m.” he said this morning.

DSC_0068DSC_0062DSC_0026One thing was certain. The town was alive with bass rigs, while a number of pros were staying on houseboats in Callville Bay. I spent the day on the water with Rick Clunn, who did not fish yesterday as he moved to Callville from Temple Bar with Melissa and his boys Sage and River. They spent a good part of the time in the water or in the houseboat with the AC running hard.

The lake is down from last year, but seems to have stabilized. The grass beds are alive with bluegill and bass fry, but it may be the best activity could be at night, given the daytime conditions. The tournament should be a good one, but no doubt this heat spell is going to take its toll.