Struck out twice this weekend. Water too cold?

I fished two lakes this weekend, Lake Lawrence in Thurston Co and Swofford Pond in Lewis Co. Not hot spotting as these are well-know put and take lakes. Both have been stocked in recent weeks, but I couldn't catch a thing. Just a couple of weak bumps on my beadhead leach jig.

My DF said the water was 51 degrees. Is that just too cold for fish to be actively feeding, or am I just that bad of a lake fisher? I tried chrono too, but dozed off.
 

MGTom

Living at the place of many waters
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I fished two lakes this weekend, Lake Lawrence in Thurston Co and Swofford Pond in Lewis Co. Not hot spotting as these are well-know put and take lakes. Both have been stocked in recent weeks, but I couldn't catch a thing. Just a couple of weak bumps on my beadhead leach jig.

My DF said the water was 51 degrees. Is that just too cold for fish to be actively feeding, or am I just that bad of a lake fisher? I tried chrono too, but dozed off.
I found the put-n-take fish like the blobs and boobies, a new favorite for me. It seems figuring out which retrieve and depth is more important than color. If a few casts don't produce change it up till you find what's working. But they are within 6 weeks of planting down here and just moving to regular food diets.
 

Clarkman

Huge Fly Guy
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jesus....I'd kill for 51 degree temps!!! not too cold for anything. I'm not much of a lake angler for trout (but I catch my fair share), but with any fish, when it's cold (er), go slow and low. Buuuut, 51 isn't cold....even for (or especially for) warmwater fish that I often target.
 
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Irafly

Indi Ira
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51 is Prime! Could be that the others beat you to the fish, you didn’t find the pod, cormorants...
 

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