I don’t know what’s going on with my favorite lake. When I first started going here 4 years ago, the average fish was 2-2.5 lbs, and 4 and 5 pound fish were common. Over the last 2 years I’ve noticed a significant decline in the alewife population, and the offshore bite has suffered mightily. Last year was still good despite the lack of bait, but the fish weren’t in their usual spots. I had many trips with at least 2 fish in the 4 to 5 pound range, and even caught a 6 plus. This year however has been much different with only one fish over 4. I’ve noticed more cormorants and more tiny largemouth than in years past. My speculation is that the bigger fish are being outcompeted for food by the more aggressive smaller fish, as well as the cormorants. The fishing has suffered to say the least. Numbers are still ok, but I haven’t caught a fish over 2 pounds in my last 4 trips here. The techniques that used to be a staple here no longer produce like they did, the fish seem lethargic, and way too skinny and sickly looking for this time of year. I think I’ve made my last trip here for a while.
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