Sunday, May 22, 2011

A bittersweet evening on the ponds

Saturday evening my wife, son and I decided to go out to the ponds and see how things were looking. The bass should have spawned by now but would still be aggressive along the shoreline. the evening was nice (weather-wise) for a change - no tornadic thunderstorms, no cold rain. We went to the upper pond first. This is the bass and gill pond. We were the only ones there and the surface was calm. I decided to see if I could catch some bass on an old reliable lure. (More on that in a bit.)

The fish were right where I expected them to be - from 1' - 5' off the banks. And I could see by the swirls they were chasing gills away from their beds. I went with a topwater the entire time, and I really did forget how many fish I caught. All largemouth. Some smaller males and a bunch of nice , spawned out females. These fish would have gone another pound to pound and a half heavier a couple of weeks ago. Suffice to say I got around 20 largemouth - enough to tear up my thumb unhooking them.

Now - about the lure I used. You can see it in the mouth of the 2 bass I have posted here . The first person who comments below with the correct name of the lure - name of the bait and the lure manufacturer - will win a new Lucky Craft Pointer! 1 comment per person.

We decided to go to the lower pond and see what was happening there. This is the mixed bag spot - cats, bass, gills, crappie, trout, walleye. The way to find out who is hungry here by throwing a 1/16 oz. jig head with a 2" grub - everything eats it. Tonight was a really odd mixture of fish - maybe the strangest I've ever seen. I ended up with 14 walleye, 9 crappie, 2 gills, and 1 small bass. No trout or cats. A truly bizarre mixture, but fun nonetheless. I only fished here for around an hour and a half, until it got dark.

So - why the title - a bittersweet evening?? Well, I recently (last week) accepted a job offer from a different company and am in the whirlwind process of selling our house, buying a new one, moving the family, and starting a new job.

[HEY - that's right - some of you said you wanted to buy my house when I posted pictures from the pond across the street. Good bass fishing! Here's your chance!!!!]

Getting back to the point of the post - the ponds are located on a club property to a hunt club my current employer is a member of. When my last day passes - this coming Friday - I won't be allowed access to the ponds anymore. This may have been my last chance to fish these glorious ponds. Oh well you'll have to bear with me as I embark on learning some new areas and fisheries. I told you this would be a journey rather than a destination. And the journey continues!

The sun setting on the ponds, both literally and figuratively


Clif said...

Moving on, I can't wait to read about your new waters.

Leaving Illinois?

Cofisher said...

Joe, the best of luck in your new adventure.

Anonymous said...

Well, I for one, will miss reading about your trips to the ponds and seeing all those nice Bass etc. Sorry, Joe, I would love the pond. Just not the house! Tee Hee
Looking forward to reading of your new destination and the waters you fish. Be safe!

Murphyfish said...

Always a testing time for yourself and your family Joe. Still new adventures lie ahead and I, like others, am looking forward to hearing about them.

Shoreman said...

Hey Joe. Good luck on your new adventure. Let us know where you're going and who you'll be working for.


Ken G said...

So, I live near Plano. Someone has to fill your shoes. If I get that job, maybe I can buy your house.

Something about those ponds looks awfully familiar.

Good luck with the job and move. You'll be finding things tucked away in your house and thinking...Why did I keep this?

Bill said...

If that was your last trip to the ponds it looks to have been a good one. Hope all goes smoothly in the move. I'm sure we'll be reading of your new adventures Wolfy, wherever they may be.

Fly Waters Edge - Kevin said...

Can't wait to see whats next
I'm following!

owl said...


Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice fish!!!!!!!!

Kirk said...

I know it will be hard to leave those waters but I'm sure you're making the correct decision. Good luck with everything. New adventures await you!

EcoRover said...

Nice calico ("crappie")! Bass fished a lot when I lived in the Alleghenies, remember the first time with poppers (fly rod) fished close to the bank in the water lillies... Good luck with the new job.