Went down to my dock on Sunday around noon just to piddle around. Watch boats, fire up my outboard just to let it run for a little while, etc.
Air temps were probably high 50's. Water temps I would guess are still in the high 40's. I tossed a cast net for about 30 minute and my hands were freezing in the process.
Probably saw about 1 boat every 15 minutes come by, including one very brave or nuts jet ski'er who didn't have a wetsuit or thermal suit on.
I threw a small 4" swim bait for about 30 minutes we as well...not expecting any hits, just slowly dragging it on the bottom b/c the water was still so cold.
Got hit hard about 1/2 way back to the dock and felt a heavy fish on the other side for about 15-20 seconds.....I got it up to the surface when the hook pulled out. I got a look at it and the fish was a dark black with some faded white in the scales. Definitely no green or browns.....it wasn't a bass. If it was a black crappie it was dark and HUGE.....like state record huge.....My instant reaction when I saw it was "freshwater drum", which I've googled but can't find any history of them being in Belews.
This google image sure looks very close to the color of what I saw break the surface. This is not me, just a random picture I found on google to demonstrate the color & approx size of the mystery fish I lost at the dock.