With an overcast sky and calm winds last week, the weather was perfect for spotting striped bass boiling to the surface chasing shad and casting topwater lures into the fray for a frenzied morning of action. So Capt. Steve Nixon pulled his boat out of Canyon Lake Marina at 7 a.m. and slowly chugged to his favorite striper areas while scanning the water for seething fish and the sky for birds diving in for an easy meal.
After about 45 minutes, it was clear the stripers were not cooperating. “The stripers should be hot right now. You usually begin seeing topwater activity the first week of April,” Nixon said. “We had a long, cold winter. The lake in January was down to 50 to 51 degrees.
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