Mayflies are hurting Lowen

It took almost all day, but we finally found Bill Lowen fishing a flooded grassline at the bottom of Goose Island.


He says he has between 13 and 14 pounds but that he has been really hampered by the mayfly hatch. "I was watching 3- and 4-pound smallouth come up and suck mayflies off the surface this morning," said Lowen, "I was throwing all kinds of different stuff at them, but they didn't want any of it. I finally had to get out of there to keep my sanity. "


The hatch affected a couple of his key stretches to where he couldn't even get bit and he's had to change things up a bit today.


The spot he's fishing is a bunch of grass clumps flooded in 3 to 4 feet of water, and he's flipping plastics to the clumps.

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