Weiss Lake Fishing Report for April 1, 2001

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Posted by Weiss Lake Guide Service on April 01, 2001 at 18:42:34:

DATE: 4-1-01
SURFACE TEMP: 54 AM with cold NW wind - 52 PM with a 10-15 mph cold NW wind

We GREATLY Appoligize that our NEW COMPAQ computer that is only 4 months old died. And not only could they not fix
it but the refused to replace it. Compaq's own service center says that the computer is a LEMON. One of their managers
has me drive 69 miles to pick up the computer and then another manager calls back and says no our policy is to fix and
to take it back. So much for their 100% customer satisfaction. We have had to go out and purchase another computer
(another $1300.00) to get back to everyone that is depending on us. We are sorry that we were not able to help you when
you needed us the most this weekend. My best advise to you is plant your corn early,don't urinate in the wind and under
NO Circumstances purchase a COMPAQ BUILT FOR YOU computer.

CRAPPIE: The last 5 days of fishing have been virtuially the same. Start off fishing 4-5 ft. deep no matter what the depth of
water and watch the fish come up so shallow that the depth finder cannot read them. Do not think they have left, they are
still there, they are just so shallow that your depth finder cannot read them.
Once a day or maybe twice a day I will troll through 2-3 foot of water to see what is there. Up to date nothing yet but short
males. No sign of the spawn yet but it is close.
Now, how in the thunder do you fish for them that shallow, start out with 1 1/32 trolling about 40 yds. behind the boat with
several different colors. Some days it does not matter what color. Some days they are very picky.
If you are uncomfortable about trolling in 2-3 foot of water you can rig your lines with floats on a slow troll. Also works
pretty good over deeper water because you can controll your depth. If you are going to use floats you can double jig,
even triple jig if you use 1/32. You might might even try different depths with your floats. Hot colors of the day, we make a
light and a darker bubble gum. The lighter bubble gum seemed to do twice as good today because the water is clearing
also transparant orange worked well. Also the transpaent triple green. Triple blue is the old stand by if you are fishing a
darker water.
Also, a technique that you might try is 1/16 in the same colors but just use 1 jig. Seems to hold depth much better.For
you died in the wool trollers you can take a 1/16 and make a short cast and speed up your troll just a little bit and you will
be suprised how shallow you can troll. If the fish are a little deeper you can slow down and the 1/16 does its job. I spend
7-8 hours a day 150-200 days a year chasing fish. I am not a super fisherman, and sometimes I am dumb as a board, I am
no better fisherman than you are,but if anybody spends that much time chasing fish you have to get pretty good at it. I
had a gentleman tonight that blamed me for all the fishermen on lake Weiss. But, I have nothing to do with it. This lake
has a good reputation and has some good quality fish in it. All I do is try to help those of you that are coming down
anyway without a guide. And, I know everyone cannot afford a guide. I have been there and done that.I am almost 60
years old and I do not remember anybody in the past giving me truthful ,solid and useful information in the past. When
you only fish a few days a year it is tough without a little help. I am sorry if I offend anyone for trying to help my fellow
fishermen but that is just the way I expect to be treated and I will continue to treat others that way. I honestly believe that
what goes around in life comes around and you reap what you sow.
I am giving a forcast of April 7th for the start of the spawn for crapping. I may be wrong but I bet you a nickel.

BASS: Talked to several bass fisherman on and off the water and I wish I could give you some real good advice but bass
fishing on Weiss right now is tough as nails. I catch 4-8 bass a day trolling in about 4-6 ft. deep on Cheryl's jigs. If I was
going to go bass fishing I would be working these warmer coves fishing shallow.Spinner Baits and small Rat'l traps.

WHITE BASS: I am catching some quality white bas suspended in with the crappie. The are not schooled up, they are
trying to spawn. Have seen some of the biggest white bass in years.

CATFISH: All you want. Come get them any way you want to fish for them.

STRIPE: The stripe I believe have run back up into the shallow creeks in an attempt to spawn. But, about the middle of
April to the end of June they will become hot and aggressive. Weiss Lake you are allowed 30 per person (and no this is
not a mis print). Even though you are allowed 30 by law in my boat about 10 a piece is all I will let you have. If you are
not happy with 100lbs a piece then you will not be happy with 200lbs. There is no sense in raping a resource.

BREAM: A good indicator for crappie fixing to spawn is that the bream move into shallow water. Today is the first day that
I have caught a large number of bream while I was fishinf for crappie. The seemed to like Cheryl's jigs just as much as
the crappie do.

I do not know all there is to know about fishing. And if you get cocky these fish can make you mighty humble.

Centre Alabama would not survive without fishermen. We appreciate your business and we appreciate you coming. If
there is any way that we can help you we will. Some of the lodgiing here is less than you might desire. We are more than
happy to help you find a good place with good rates and help you in any way we can. As always, we are at Bay Springs
Restaurant every morning at 7AM for breakfast before we go out. You are more than welcome to come meet us and we
will be glad to help you in ANY way we can! See you at Bay Springs for breakfast!! Sincerely, Steve
www.lakeweissguideservice.com 256-927-6617 or clp-pope@tds.net

Again I am going to give you A GREAT PIECE OF ADVICE: Plant your corn early,do not urinate in the wind,and UNDER

www.lakeweissguideservice.com 256-927-6617

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