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Old 02-26-2019, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default Bass Fishing in May

Planning on getting the guys together for a weekend get away in mid-May. I was wondering how the fishing is that time of year on the big lake - smallies in particular. Nobody has any experience fishing for trout and my boat isn't set up for trolling. Just wanted to get some opinions on how the fishing might be and where the fish would be and any tips on how to catch them that time of year. All opinions and insights are welcome!
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:08 AM   #2
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depends on the water temp really. I have the same in May and we stay off the beds because of the spawn. Don't forget it is catch and release until June 15th (i believe the 15th is the date) We caught at 5 feet all the way down to 30-40 feet. as well as top water over a 30 foot hole it is good bass Fishing though. and bait choices vary by location as well, not just day. catching on inline spinners one minute, then having to switch to bouncing rubbers off the bottom. I will say usually more active in May. Wont be a disappointing trip. Dress warm even with a warm air temp the ride across the lake will cut right through you
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Going from 48-degrees on May 1, to 63-degrees on May 31, for the top five feet of surface water in Lake Winnipesaukee is totally accurate.

When the surface water temp is below 60-degrees, the smallies will go dive deeper, hibernate, do very little, and eat almost nothing. They basically chill out, and wait for the water to warm up to 60+, starting on or about June 1, and they get hungry for something to eat.

Look'n to catch smallies before June 1 is a waste of time, and you is better off going to the McDonald's to catch a filet-o-fish sandwich.
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Going from 48-degrees on May 1, to 63-degrees on May 31, for the top five feet of surface water in Lake Winnipesaukee is totally accurate.

When the surface water temp is below 60-degrees, the smallies will go dive deeper, hibernate, do very little, and eat almost nothing. They basically chill out, and wait for the water to warm up to 60+, starting on or about June 1, and they get hungry for something to eat.

Look'n to catch smallies before June 1 is a waste of time, and you is better off going to the McDonald's to catch a filet-o-fish sandwich.
Hate to disagree with you, i know , but have had great success in May for multiple years
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Old 02-27-2019, 02:43 PM   #5
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Hate to disagree with you, i know , but have had great success in May for multiple years
Would agree and disagree. I've always had success in the month of May but its totally different fishing than in July or October for example.

Would I tell someone to come up specifically in May to target bass - for the average Joe, No.

Can you be successful and catch good bass? Absolutely.

How to guarantee you wont catch any bass? By not fishing!
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Default No Smallmouth in May, ever

This lure, a Luckycraft Pointer 100, was pristine at 3pm May 13th with 2 upgraded red hooks.
By 5pm it looked like this after a gang of Smallmouth had their way with it.

All of the perpetrators are still on the loose in Winni...

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Default Well that settles it!

Thank you kawishiwi. Maybe we'll keep the clubs in the trunk so we can get in more time on the water!
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