With little time to fish between working two jobs it is nice to know when and where I might find them biting. Lake Somerville went fifteen feet above normal a few weeks back and that set up another summer of good spillway fishing as the Corp of Engineers brings the lake down to normal pool level.
In the spillway tailrace for the most part the whitebass and hybrid stripers will feed early morning and again at some point in the late afternoon just before dark. The morning bite is generally more reliable and avoids the worst of the heat.
Over the last four years the lake has gone high three times and the fishing in the spillway has been consistently good while the big water releases keep the flow going strong.
I'm not sure if the bass actually leave the spillway and go downstream staging in slower water or if they simply drop and hold on the bottom. I do know that you can fish for hours at a time and not do well until the whitebass surface feeding on the frantic shad. How long they will stay up on top feeding is anyones guess but is some very exciting fly fishing when it happens.