Thursday, March 18, 2010

Let the Games Begin!

I couldn't stand it anymore - the forecast was for 70 degree + weather today. No snow. I HAD to get out and fish. But, I have very vivid recollections of getting shut out and completely frustrated on days similar to this in the past. You know the days - the unseasonable warmth after a long winter. The sun's rays belie the frigid water temps - ice out was only 2 weeks ago. But I HAD to give it a try. So I hit the ponds over lunch.



A picture of the best fish I've ever caught - the first one of 2010


Well, the weathermen were wrong. It was a nice day, but the wind was howling out the SW, and the temp never scared the 70 degree mark. But the SW wind was blowing the water from the very shallow end of the pond toward the deeper water around the dam. I figured the fish might be along the dam as well. They weren't, but I found willing bluegills in about 3' -4' of water. A Cubby mini-mite suspended about 18" below a bobber worked it's usual magic. The waves imparted all the action you needed. 10 minutes yielded a hit per cast, and 5 small-ish gills brought to hand. I have never been so happy to see small bluegills.

I decided to try the lower pond for the next 20 minutes. This is the pond that holds trout, crappie, and walleye as well as the usual 'gils and bass. It took a few minutes to find the fish, but I did figure them out, and ended this part of the afternoon with 6 nice bluegills, 1 crappie, 2 trout (about 16" each) and a surprise largemouth that was heavy and between 16" and 18". The hook slipped out just as I was ready to lip him (her?) and get a picture, so you have to take my word for the largemouth.



Crappie




Trout

It looks like there will be plenty of posts to come from the ponds this spring and summer. I want to follow Butch's lead and try to incorporate at least 2 non-fish pics into the posts as well.

Looks like the summer of 2010 has begun!



I'll leave you with a few pheasants I saw on the way out. Remember to click on the photos to enlarge them.



16 comments:

Albert A Rasch said...

Nice catches Wolfy!

You should do a p[ost on outdoor cooking a split trout. I would if there were any here to catch.... Hey that gives me an idea. Maybe Bubby would like to try his hand at some sea trout this weekend, and if we catch one we can try to do it!

Best regards,
Albert
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Ashley Rae said...

Haha I love the title here.. I am so glad you caught some fish!! I am going crazy myself after just selling my old rods and reels and now I'm in the market for new ones. It's that time of year where it's almost here but not quite.. but seeing your photos just brightened my day!
Hope to see more soon!

Ashley

Wolfy said...

Actually, Albert, I don't think I've ever cooked a split trout. If the trout are bigger (15" +) I usually smoke them. The BEST trout in the world are little brookies - 5" - 8" long. Gut em and cook whole in butter over a fire. The really little ones you can eat bones and all - the bones get soft while cooking. God is that good in the mountains!

wanderingowloutside said...

Great outing Wolfy! The pic of the crappie has me thinking fish fry! Awesome! I haven't caught a crappie in a couple of years.

thanks for the inspiration!

Basspastor said...

I'm jealous. Still a couple of weeks minimum before I catch anything in open water.

I should get some panfish through the ice on Saturday.

Bill said...

Looks and sounds like you had a pretty good outing! I hope to do some fishing this weekend myself. If I catch one I'll be happy.

kmurray said...

What a positive way to start the year Wolfy!

We will be on the water here soon and after seeing your pics, now I really want to go!

troutrageous1 said...

Thumbs up on your first successful outing of 2010 - you had quite the haul! I'm going to try and sneak some time this weekend, this weather is too good not to!!!

The Fisherbabe said...

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuudeeeee!!! I am L.O.V.I.N.G this post!!! AWESOME first day!!!

Ahhhhhhh I can feel the spring coming...even if it is snowing when I wake up tomorrow ;)

Great post Joe!!!

Mel said...

I am a little late getting on the comment bandwagon this evening. Like all of the others who have left comments, Wolfy, just wanted to say "great job" and a beautiful start to the 2010 fishing season. Those crappie and bluegill have sparked a fire with me.

Dennis said...

Very nice Wolfy!!....enjoyed the write up and great pics as well...just got in from burning a few cals pushing my little one...hope to hook a few fish this weekend myself :)

Fish Whisperer said...

Good to see 2010 starting well for you. Nice pictures and a pan fried trout in butter on a fire is outstanding.
Tight lines

Rebecca said...

Fish Fish Fish
Is there anything better than fish? Ok, maybe a few things, but the list is small and defined most subjectively!
Good to see you got out and caught several fish ~

Zach J said...

That day destroys my 1st-6th trips so far this year. Nice work.

The Hunter's Wife said...

Nice catches. I'm so looking forward to bluegill and crappie fishing in just a couple of weeks on Barkley.

oregonshane said...

Nice job getting into some fish, sounds like its cold where u are.

Very nice pictures all over your blog, looks like ill have to check it all out.