This month started out GREAT for me! :big_smile: Big fish were being caught on every trip it seemed, and this December went down as one of the best months I have ever had for big fish. The totals are amazing for me and include: 54, 40, 43, 44, 44, 36, 33, 30, 22, 23, 25, 25 and many in the teens. Towards the end of the month the bite started falling off sharply. This seemed to be widesread around the region based on fishing reports from other anglers. I was thinking moon phase, but three of my best days earlier in the the month were around the full moon. The weeks following that full moon continued to produce big fish as the moon waned. Around the 4th week of the month, once water temps dropped into the 40's, both the big fish and the smaller fish became increasingly hard to catch. This week the big fish bite is gone and even the smaller fish are hard to come by. Some folks have blamed the rain and high water, but the fish I caught early in the month were during high muddy water that was moving through the system. We have had current all month. The one thing I found that changed dramatically was the water temperature this month. On December 1st I was fishing in 59-60 degree water. Today the lake water was 44-45 degrees. That's a 15 degree change in a month. Looking at the weather forecast it is going to get even worse and we will probably see lake temps drop into the lower 40's by next week. In time the fish will adjust to the cold and begin to feed again, but perhaps with not as much vigor as they did earlier in the month. So, a note for next season; get out and enjoy that last bit of 55-65 degree water in December!