I just got off the phone with my brother who had a dismall bass fishing report. About a week back there was a bass tournament here with 44 boats. That's 88 anglers! By the end of the tournament there had been 5 fish weighed in at the ramp! Conditions were tough with high winds, cold weather and a falling barometer so it's understandable that fishing was tough. But, only 5 fish that met the length limit? oooh: According to reports the good news is spoonbills are moving into the river. As a general rule Mothers Day (give or take a week depending on warming) marks spoon snagging here. Blues/channels seem to be slightly more active than in the past few weeks hitting cut bait and live shad if you can find them. Crappie are starting to be a little more shallow in about 12 -15 feet of water but not very aggresive. Sandbass are scattered which seems to be the norm but should show improvement in about two weeks. Because the gulls aren't dependable in windy conditions a locator must be used to locate pods of baitfish. Trolling around the pods with heavy bucktails or lead spoons can be productive. IF the sandies have a feeding frenzie bouncing your bait off the bottom behind the school can produce large blues picking up scraps! The sandbassing has been disappointing the last few years in comparison to previous years, but this may be the year they come back in strength. Overall the lake is beginning a turn around from winter conditions. Gibson, because of it's numerous shallow water flats in the upper half of the lake, is known to go from cold to spawn temperatures in a matter of a few weeks. The lower half of the lake usually follows about 2 weeks later.