Afternoon warmup

The temperature has warmed to 70 degrees in Plattsburgh, but it's about to get hotter when compared to the fishing action.

The Day 1 catch data log from BASSTrakk showed a spike began around noon in the quality of the catches. I'll skip the numbers but can confirm that a couple of factors likely influenced the uptick in weights.

The noontime sunshine pushes the smallmouth and largemouth tighter to the cover, wherever that might be. For largemouth anglers like Jason Christie it means the bass are moving closer to the shoreline reeds and vegetation. Offshore it means the smallmouth will no longer be scattered throughout the water column. Those fish will be drawn to rockpiles and specific objects like isolated boulders.

What we can look forward to is seeing how the finesse anglers dial into the offshore smallmouth bite. And likewise, how the power fishing heats up on the shoreline.