My Favorite Time Of Year

April has always been my favorite time of the year to go fishing. The water is slowly warming up and the fish are starting to hit more consistently. What I really love about this time of year is that the fish are hitting different patterns every day. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of figuring out what the fish are hitting on every time I go out. During the summer it is easy to get in the rut of tossing the same lures over and over again at the same spot that you caught a fish at last. But in the spring the fish will hit a lure one day and then be in a completely different part of the lake and honed in on a different pattern before you know it.

This is the time of year that I like to take out new baits and test out new tactics for Largemouth Bass. I have had days where I will fish a lake and get top water hits for hours, then come back the next day to find that none of the fish are in the shallows and then proceed to fish tube jigs and find quality fish all day. It is amazing how quickly the fish change how they are feeding, and what color they prefer. So far this year I have focused on a few lures: frogs, tube jigs, flukes, worms and crankbaits. With these five lures it is hard to find a situation where you can’t entice a few fish to strike. The pictures below show a few of the fish that I have been finding while exploring some new lakes with these tactics.

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The other nice part of this time of year is how easy it is to find Crappie. There are many lakes in my town that are strictly bank fishing, and unless the Crappie go shallow it is extremely hard to catch them. But with the fish being in the middle of spawn it is easy to find them; just find structure and slowly drag a small tube jig across it and before you know it a Crappie will attack it. I haven’t found the size Crappie I’m looking for yet, but I am finding the numbers each time I’m out.

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My last trip out I started to see the Bluegill and Redear Sunfish bedding up in the shallows, it is about time to break out the fly rod and start throwing some top water flies at these fish again. May is just starting and this is always when the fishing really starts to pick up in Indiana.

I hope your spring is treating you with just as many fish

-Isaac

Hard Fishing and Small Fish

These last few days have not been very productive fishing. The temperature here in Evansville went from being being in the mid 50’s during the day to being back in the 80s. This increased water temperature seems to have totally shut down the bite. I went to the State Hospital Park with a lot of confidence that I could catch a few nice bass, and was proved very wrong. I worked my way through my crankbaits, spinners, soft plastics and ended up working a worm and a very small fluke style lure. All the feeding fish seemed to be in the shallow water (6-10 inches) where the bluegill fry were hiding. This resulted in to a large number of small bass and bluegill.

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     The next day I went to Garvin Park to see if the trout had been stocked yet. I didn’t see any signs of trout being stocked yet, and I fished for a while using trout bait and caught a few bluegill on it. Since I was already at the park, I decided to work my way around the lake with the fly rod. I started out with a foam grasshopper pattern with very limited results, so I switched to a nymph and that seemed to be the trick. I’m a little suspicious that they just stocked in a large number of bluegill, because they were hitting everything that was fell into the water. They were mostly hitting brown, so I assume they are still used to be fed pellets and haven’t learned what natural food sources are in this lake. Once again only the small fish seemed to be feeding, but it was great practice with the fly rod.

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