While Nick was exploring Glen Elder this weekend, Jeff, Adam, and I decided to go 15 rounds with the wind on Sunday at Hillsdale. The forecast was accurate with high winds gusting from 25-35 mph all day. There were only a handful of protected areas on the lake that offered both the right depths and structure for the fish, so we really got a chance to explore some new areas previously un-fished by us. The best pattern that we could identify was brush or trees in 20-30 feet of water. Red or Orange & Chartreuse plastic jig bodies produced the best, fished on a heavy ¼ or 3/8 oz jig head. The extra weight was needed to get the jig down deep enough and quick enough since the boat was moving around quite a bit. Each new spot we discovered offered up a fish or two.
. The hard part was trying to stay over the spot; the gusting and swirling wind just made it flat out hard to fish! Overall, I think we held our own against the mighty south wind; might even call it a draw. We ended up with two limits of crappie between the three of us, a half dozen huge white bass, and a day spent with good company. – Eric