I love it when a plan actually works like I hope it will.
Its been a couple weeks since the ice finally melted off the local ponds/lakes. We've had a few warm days over the past week, finally. Last night and this morning, we got our first decent RAIN of the season. The rainstorms didn't last long, but the rain came down hard when it did.
I thought...hey, the runoff should bring some much needed water into the local ponds. One fish that really likes water flowing into a pond is Channel Catfish.
So...my hope was to try and catch some catfish on flies during my lunch hour today. I had the pond and the spot picked out in my mind.
Admittedly, the deck was somewhat stacked against me...There USED to be some large catfish in this pond, but I had not even SEEN a catfish in this particular pond during the past 3 years. And...catfish LOVE warm water, and the local ponds are still pretty cold. Add to that this storm front is bringing cold weather back. They've even put possible SNOW in the forecast two days from now!
Sometimes, catfish can be extremely picky about what they will strike. Sometimes they'll hit anything.
Today...well...Although I was dreaming of catching a catfish, I was flyfishing for crappies and bluegills like I usually would. The area of the pond I had decided to target did have a trickle of water running in, was very muddy, and the water in the pond was high enough to cause some current from its outflow.
I used a chartreuse microjig @ 18" below an indicator.
I missed some lazy strikes. The first solid hookup with a fish turned out to be...a Channel Catfish!!! Hooray!! At 14"-15" range, it was probably the smallest catfish I've ever caught in this pond. But it looked very healthy.
I was hoping I was onto something...but it could VERY easily have been a fluke. Maybe a dozen casts later, the indicator sank again. Fish on! And... Another catfish!!!
Well...that was it for catfish, in the short time I had available. I did miss a few more strikes, and landed two more fish.
One was this nice 11" Crappie:
And the other was this NICE 8" Green Sunfish...which had just a HUGE belly on it: