Normally this early there is ice covering the lake, the weather is still crappy, etc., but this year it is much earlier than normal with great weather with no ice and everything is ready to go already except for one thing. Can't get the fish to bite on anything. Tried plastic worms that never failed, sinking and non-sinking lures and nothing. Not even a little bump.
Does the water have to be a certain temperature before they become active maybe? Normally, I can see carp spawning near the shore and pan fish swimming off the docks but I haven't seen one yet. I realize it is probably too early for that but where do they go? Do they go to the bottom and just lay there for the winter?
Someone mentioned trying a spinner to create some noise and flutter but those haven't even worked. Is this just a matter of needing to wait a little longer for the water to warm up?
I will add that I have good luck in early bass season with Rat-L-Trap lures. They sink, but you can still do a slow presentation with them. They can be a little pricey, but I have had great luck in the early season with them. A Texas-rigged dark Culprit worm works well, too, if presented slowly. I have used these techniques in central Illinois for many years and I plan on using them here in western Iowa soon.