When You’ve Got a Good But Vulnerable Hotspot, It May Not Be Wise to Tell Everyone Else
By Ken Schultz
Soon I could be facing the same dilemma that I did at this time last year.
While prospecting solo on a big expanse of coastal bays, I found good action in a difficult-to-fish area near a seldom-used access. No one else was fishing that area on any of my early explorations. That’s as good as it gets.
And also when you should keep your mouth shut.
I brought a few friends in on the discovery on the condition that they not be explicit about where we actually were if they talked to someone about it, and they should say that we put in at some access site other than where we actually launched. And they did, as far as I know.
One fellow felt especially bad when a friend of his specifically asked where he’d been and he said he couldn’t divulge that because
By Ken Schultz
There’s a chill in the air, and some significant changes are occurring or are about to occur. In the fall, a major change in some lakes is the turnover, a phenomenon that is especially noticeable in bodies of water that have significant depth and layers of markedly different temperature. This is generally large lakes and reservoirs.
If you only fish occasionally, you may miss the changes that occur and simply find on your next outing that the lake is quite different than it was on your previous visit, and perhaps harder to fish. But if you fish a lot you’ll probably observe some of the things that happen. Either way, fishing may become poor for a short while during the turnover, but quite good afterward.
Why and How Lakes Turn
Here’s what happens in the actual “turnover”: When the average air temperature is lower than the water’s surface, the temperature in the upper zone declines and mixing takes place. Cold water is more dense than warm water, so newly cooled surface water sinks to deeper levels. This causes a mixing of the water throughout the zones. Eventually the zones disappear. When the
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