Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bass on beds in the ponds

The kids fishing the pond

Well, the time of plenty is coming to a close. Many of the bass are on their beds on the upper pond. While I can tease / torment them into biting (most of the time) I prefer to let them alone and got on with their spawning. I like catching them just before they go on beds, but that time has passed for this year.

I took my son and his friend Josh out to the ponds this evening. We had been out there 5 weeks ago and Josh was very excited to go again. I wasn't sure how the fishing would be, but we went anyway. Better to fish than not to fish.

Joey's biggest bass

I let the 2 boys do the fishing while I looked for fish and unhooked some for them. They started off pretty hot, with each catching a few right away. Then, it just got tough. WI had them fishing 7" Bubblegum colored Zoom trick worms, because you can get a lot of action out of them, and you can usually see the fish eat them.

Josh's best bass

That was the bait the bass bit for them this evening. I threw a spinnerbait, too, and had 3 or 4 on, but didn't set the hook on them - I was prospecting to see where they were. The pond is getting very weedy now, and it is not an easy task for the kids to fish without getting weeded up on every cast. But they both caught very nice sized bass tonite.

Another one for Joey

We ended up on the lower pond and caught a ton of egg-filed, pre-spawn gills. A handful of crappie came in, too, and I got 5 walleye on a 1/8 oz. maribou Roadrunner. A couple of trout were hooked, and it was a good evening to be out.

The only thing that was not so good is the damned cottonwood trees - they are dropping their namesake cottony crap, and it gets all over the line and lures.

Oh yeah - saw 3 snakes and a muskrat. A good evening to be out.


Shoreman said...

Wow, nice Bass. The more I see you guys catching Bass, the more my mind is telling me I'm missing something. Maybe I'll give it a shot one of these days. Way to go guys.


Basspastor said...

I think all anglers hate that cotton crap. I've been in situations where it is about unfishable due to the stuff.

troutrageous1 said...

Looks like you & the boys had some fun. BTW, truer words were never said: "Better to fish than not to fish."

Rebecca said...

Love the pictures of the boys with bass! I hear you on the cottonwoods, messy! I have to say, those bass kick my area's little smallies size in a big way. I guess I need to put big mouth bass on my 'to catch on a fly' list~

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