Finally got back out to Waveland for a little bit Sunday afternoon. This is the first time in a couple months that I've been there. Wind was absolutely horrible, but fortunately I met a friend out there who was in his full-sized bass boat. There was no way I could have fished out of the tin machine given today's white-capped waters.
Got to spend less than 3 hours out there, but things looked pretty good from the time I had. Not any kind of wide-open bite by any means, but quite a few solid fish that are starting to pig out on shad. Lots of chasing activity when you got around some calmer water, and just tons of shad that would go flipping everywhere when you were idling the big engine through shallow areas.
Don't think we had anything much over 3.25 pounds on the high side, but did have several other fish that were pretty near or just ounces under the 3 pound mark today. Water clarity is relatively good and running between 68-71 degrees. I thought all the rain we had through the area the past few days might have stirred things up, but the only murky areas were mudlines formed around some of the main lake clay banks catching the brunt of the wind.
Noticed a lot of melanosis on the fish we caught today which is always interesting. One of these days someone will figure out what actually causes this phenomenon. When they do I'll be certain to report it here on the site. Just about crappie time for me from here on out, but I should have another bass report next weekend. I actually may keep bass fishing for a while this year as Waveland is slated to stay open most of the year from what I can tell. Hardly anybody has ever fished the lake much beyond the 2nd or 3rd week in October due to the park locking it's gates every year. Not so this year from what I've heard, so it will be very cool to see what kind of cold water bite the lake will provide - something few have ever experienced on this lake.