At 5:55 a.m. this morning we were sitting at the gate at McCown Valley Park… and lucky to be there.   A deer had crossed the road right in front of us just south of Rio Vista… and right in front of a car coming toward us….   fortunately the deer was quick, no one flinched (it happened too fast) and no one was hurt….

Anyway, it was another day for fishing….  Conditions today were:

  • Air Temperature:  76°
  • Skies:  Clear
  • Wind:  2 to 5 mph
  • Water temperature:  87°
  • Water Clarity:  a foot or two visibility
  • Water Level:  525.68 or 7 feet 4 inches low…  4 or 5 inches lower than a week ago

The days are lengthening now….   we were on the water a few minutes after 6 a.m.   Not quite day-break…

Looking east

Looking west

Yep, a near full moon…

One boat put in ahead of us this morning…. we were the first on the ramp, but we took a little longer getting the boat ready for the water.

Getting ready for that first cast

Most likely the big gals fed at night.  We certainly didn’t find them this morning….   I was trying to hide this little one, but The Boss was intent on getting a picture.

I boated three of little bucks this morning…  I missed that many more and The Boss missed several small ones too.. as well as one nice fish…

They were all shallow, up in grass or weeds and all came on Pop-Rs….   I had one bite on a Texas Rigged worm later in the morning.

There was plenty of sunshine, little wind, and lots of heat….  We fished several locations, but only one produced and that was between 6:30 and 7 a.m.   By 9:30 we were ready to go.

We had fished for 3 1/2 hours, boated 3 small fish, missed another 1/2 dozen and begun to really sweat.  It was 93° when we loaded the boat at 10 a.m.  The Boss and I were ready to get into the air conditioning.

You can almost see the heat….

The sausage biscuit and coffee had been great on the way to the lake, but now we needed something to tide us over until we could get home and get some lunch…  We stopped by Sonic and picked up some fries and a soda… Rolled into Brookshire’s and picked up 20 gallons of $3.31 a gallon gasoline for the pickup… 15¢ cheaper than in Cleburne….  Hey, every 15¢ counts.  Nine times out of 10, Brookshire’s is going to have the least expensive gas around.

We had a great day….  The Boss said she loves being on the lake even though she isn’t catching fish… though today, I think she was more interested in song writing than fishing… she was in the back of the boat singing and then making notes in her little notebook.  When we got home I took a nap and she played the guitar and worked on a new song.

The ramp was in great shape.  Apparently the Corps had just re-set it.  All the gravel was gone from around the start of the ramp and it was just perfect for getting in and out of the boat.

Yes sir, it was a fun day on the lake….