I fished from 11am till 1pm on the Greenbrier. I hole hoped and pitched tubes. It was cold with colder air on it's way in. This has been a slow start to spring so far. The river level was stable but by no means high. I caught only on but was a solid 2.5lbs smallie that was cuaght behind WWCC's old pier. It seems that the fish want a jig-n-pig more when the water is flood level high and when it's lower and cleaner they prefer tubes.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I have been cold water smallmouth fishing no less than 10 times this year with no smallmouths to show for it. Dozens of lost jigs but no fish. Finally today my luck changed. I fished the Greenbrier for 2 hours on a cold rainy day. The river was stable to coming up and the water seemed clearer than it had in some time. I caught all 3 of my fish on earthly colored tubes. I caught a 2.5lbs, 2.1lbs., and a 4.4lbs fish. The 4.4 was very long and if was caught again in the fall will probably weigh 5+lbs, it was a long fish 22 inches. plus. The pics aren't great because I was by myself and had nobody to take them. Despite a slow start to my smallie season and many lost jigs today sure was sweet.
|The forage. Small Gitzit tubes|
|2.1 lbs. Smallmouth|
|4.4 lbs. Smallmouth|
|Tired after the fight|
|2.5 lbs. Smallie|
Monday, March 28, 2011
We decided since spring weather is on hold we would go back to winter trout fishing until the weather started to break. Brad I trout fished from 2:30 to 5:30 in fairly high water, it was 62.5 on the USGS. I previously had thought anything above 55 percentile was too high but we did well. The water was falling on the hydro graph and it was stained but not muddy. We ended up catching 37 trout total. All good sized fish. I caught 21 and Brad 16. I had one fish over 4lbs and another over 3lbs. We hooked and lost several more fish. The cold weather is supposed to continue for several more days. We were unable to determine if they had stocked some more fish or if there were hold overs that hadn't been fished in a while. If they did stock new fish they came from the same supplier not the state because they were the same Canadian subspecies of rainbow that they have been stocking for the last 4+ years up here.
I fished by myself in the cold at the JB reservoir for an hour, below the dam, and below the house. The air was cold, in the high 30's. It had been real warm the previous few days and the I knew the sudden temp drop would make chasing bass particularly difficult. I got zero bass bites, but did hook and lose a Musky below the dam adjacent to the spillway. I was working a jig-n-pig in real slow when right a the bank I saw a flash behind the jig so I just killed the jig and let it fall. I felt a small tick and set the hook. For about 4 seconds it was on. A musky came up jumped, turned, did a little tail walk and then spit the jig. He was a solid 35 inch musky. I tried fishing there for about 45 more minutes but had no success in getting him to hit again.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I have had my bass boat since July 2, 2007. After some checking on this blog I figured out that I have had it on the water fishing 145 times in 10 days short of 3.5 years. That averages out to 41.4 trips per year. It would be more had a couple of my friends not also have bass boats and a trend toward fishing the river more.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Dad and I fished Plum Orchard Lake on a beutiful day with air temps in the 60's and only a little wind. The water was clear and still very cold with surface temps only around 45 to 47 degrees. We tried jerk baits and then drop shot with no luck. I saw one bass up shallow but it spooked out to deeper water quickly before I could even get a cast off.