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Early Spring and influence of the wind

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Yesterday I went out for the first time to a large pond which has good numbers of fish.  As the south end was closest to where I parked (and because I was lazy and my knees hurt), I started there.  I caught one fish but that was all.  Worked all the way down the shore but got no takers there.  As I predicted, the far north end of the lake is where I got the vast majority of my fish (12 in total).  I caught all but one on a greenish "haymaker" Shadow shad Rap (with the other one being caught on a Cordell Spot).  Anyway, If you don't try the north side of a lake or pond in the early spring (especially if there is a south wind), you are likely making a mistake.

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Thanks for the tip, I'll give that a try!

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The sun hits the north end the longest during the warmest part of the day and the south wind pushes the warmer surface water to the north end of the pond, warming it further. A degree or two makes a huge difference early in the year. 

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I just fish the sunny side of wherever I am and if the wind is pushing on it, that helps too! Works on big lakes as well!

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The windy ends of inland lakes with smallmouths are always better than the others, assuming other things  approx equal.

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Wind is good, but after hitting the ponds pretty consistently all winter and spring, I'm starting to see that water clarity trumps wind, at least on my waters. A good stain after some rain has provided much better fishing in comparison than wind and clearer water. North end south end has been somewhat of a toss up as layout and depths sometimes make it difficult to tease out real effect in a small body of water. YMMV

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Around here in the spring, if you have a big warm up during the day you will have a lot of wind out of the south.  The wind blows the surface food to the North, the small bait fish follow, and the bass follow the small bait fish.

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On 4/15/2018 at 11:25 AM, Team9nine said:

Wind is good, but after hitting the ponds pretty consistently all winter and spring, I'm starting to see that water clarity trumps wind, at least on my waters. A good stain after some rain has provided much better fishing in comparison than wind and clearer water. North end south end has been somewhat of a toss up as layout and depths sometimes make it difficult to tease out real effect in a small body of water. YMMV

I've noticed the same thing. I've had little success in clear waters this year, no matter its position on the body of water. Stained to even muddy water has been my best bet. Although you can't rule out the notion that the muddier the water is, the faster it will warm. I've done my best this year so far with one lure massively outperforming the others in stained to muddy water......the good ole' #3 Mepps gold blade spinner. 

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