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Old 02-26-2019, 10:02 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, 10:08 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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Old 02-27-2019, 02:05 PM   #4
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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, 03:43 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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Old 02-28-2019, 01:58 AM   #6
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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.

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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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Old 04-05-2019, 02:53 PM   #8
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Smallie fishing gets better as the month goes on, catch and release only from May 15th to June 15th because they are actively spawning...Mid to late may you can have fun catching them on jerkbaits and topwater, if the water is not in the upper 50's stick to throwing jerkbaits...keep changing colors and depths, and once you find what is working you will have a blast.

April and early may can be the best time of year to find the big smallies, this is the time of year you are most likely to catch them in the 4lb range. After a long winter, they start gorging themselves before they spawn...can be a lot of fun, but can also be very cold!
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:35 PM   #9
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Default Any recent updates on conditions?

Heading up Thursday - probably going to fish Friday/Saturday. I know the water is still mid 40's but any new updates on smallmouth fishing?
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Old 05-13-2019, 08:16 PM   #10
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Go with the jerk bait now or start with this as kawishiwi already posted about. The deep water early early spring bite is over now and coming to a close, fishing should be awesome now if you don't mind working them a little. They seem to be just moving up from the deeper water. Personally I am not a spawn fisherman, but doubt there are any / many bedding fish with this cold weather right now , didn't see any on Saturday ....... but didn't look for them either. (Hail / sleet / snowing in So. N.H. at the moment)

Have fun it should be good.
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I fished for a couple of hours last Monday (the 6th) and got nothing. Water temperature was hovering in the 45 to 48 degree range. Talked to a guy who fished in the tournament the day before and he said he got two smallmouths. For me it was more of a shakedown cruise for the boat than anything but it would have been nice to get at least one. It was nice to get out on the water regardless.
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For me it was more of a shakedown cruise for the boat
That was what it was for me as well. Was up till 11m the night before putting new batteries in the boat, this last/past friday night but but still caught fish all-be-it a little shallower than I wanted on Saturday. Only fished for an hour or so.
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