April has been an interesting month for me, and those who have been fishing with me. Early in the month Wally and I fished out of Riverside and those coves up there. We were clearly too early for the bedding fish that day with water temps in the mid low to mid 60s (you would've thought it would be game on, NOT). Then on April 18, Wally and I fished the area around the Alabama Belle and the Cowan Creek area. The water temps were mid to upper 60's and every largemouth I caught that day was in water 3' deep or less, two of them definitely had bloody tails. Wally got into some spotted bass a little later during a rain shower in some deeper water adjacent to the river channel. Yesterday, Monty and I fished from Yellow Creek to the Dam and the water temps were solid in the upper 60s, water was pretty dingy, not muddy though. Every quality fish came from 3' or less, most had bloody tails. It would be easy to type what I caught them on and sound like a pro touting my sponsors (but that would be false, I have no sponsors! lol). The truth is that for the most part the bite literally came soon after the bait hit the water. That means it was an instantaneous reaction bite... it wouldn't have mattered what you threw in front of them. The minute the bait started moving the big bass killed it (lesson learned, with these fish the bait had to be moving not dead sticking). The weather was different each time we went out, on the 18th the weather was cloudy, winds light and variable with scattered showers in the PM. Yesterday was partly cloudy in the AM and mostly sunny in the PM, with WNW winds blowing in the morning and increasing to a hard blow in the afternoon. The best bite came from protected areas.
Hope this gives you some ideas of what it has been taking to get the toads this month on lake Weiss!