• Chris O'Byrne

The Kit Lake Solace

August 2022

It was a head spinning month on Kit Lake, my home water, in central Florida’s largemouth bass country.

Early in the month, we found fish shortly after sunrise around shoreline grass, scattered hydrilla, and under some lily pad fields. Light colored subsurface flies worked slowly attracted them consistantly. Then later in the month the fish were harder to find. In the hot mornings they were in the deepest part of the lake, five to fifteen feet deep. Then as the water heated up, about 10:00 am, they moved to secret cool spots. Evening hatch trips could be productive with standard top water flies. If that is, pop-up thunderstorms allowed us to fish. Ironically, we used internet weather apps to pick the times we fished, dodging lightning, heat, and rain, on some pleasant and fishy afternoons.

But the evening hatch was washed out more often than not. Usually, it was good to go to Mrs. Smith’s house, enjoy a cold one by her swimming-pool-under-construction and comfortably watch those thunderstorms build and light up.

The online Almanac tells us that next month will be more comfortable, so we’re excited for that.

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