My first trip ever to this pond (as you will remember from my previous blog), last week, resulted in catching a bunch of bluegills, and a fair number of Hybrid Sunfish and some Pumpkinseeds.
Last night's flyfishing outing, my second trip ever to this pond, I again caught a bunch of bluegills, decent numbers of Hybrid Sunfish…
...but I didn’t catch any Pumpkinseeds for the first hour. I recalled that the first trip I had tried 3 different colors of microjigs, and almost all the Pumpkinseeds hit the chartreuse. I also recalled that I thought I had a crappie on last trip, but didn’t land it.
Unlike last trip, this time I saved a little bit of remaining daylight for fishing the channel and beyond. The north end of the main pond turns into a narrow channel that cuts across to the backs of some townhomes sort of near my neighborhood. There it opens up again into a smaller pond basin area. Actually, the smaller basin looked bigger than I thought it would. I didn’t really get to fish the smaller pond area, except right where it connects to the channel, because it just got too dark to see my strike indicator. Anyway, at first I was still using a gold microjig that I had used on the main big pond area. I went up the channel to just beyond where it first widens out slightly. I was casting towards the far shoreline, and caught a couple crappies! I ended up catching at least 7 crappies scattered throughout the channel area.
I also caught 3 bass this time. 2 were small, one was a nice feisty “medium size”….maybe 13”.
Right after I caught that bigger bass, I threw back in the same spot and hooked another something nice. I thought maybe it was another bass. It turned and ran straight up the channel and angled towards the opposite shoreline. I mean it ROCKETED up that channel! It was peeling line out of my hand and off the reel. And I was using a 6wt! In hindsight, I should have horsed it more. My line would have held, but I was worried about the hook pulling loose. In the end, the fish found some weeds/muck, and got free. DANG! Whatever it was…it was NICE. Not like 10lb catfish nice…but a solid fish and FAST/strong! I really wonder what it was. I still suspect bass (maybe 18-19” range?), but it could have been grass carp, BIG crappie…heck, it could have been a muskrat! There was at least one swimming around the area around dusk.
Anyway, it was exciting. As the cloudy light started to get dark, I did switch to a chartreuse microjig, and caught more crappies in the channel, and 3 more Pumpkinseeds…plus a few more bluegills. Here's a couple of the Pumpkinseeds:
So…all in all it was an interesting evening of flyfishing. That channel area is intriguing. It is not very deep, and I have a feeling by late spring/summer it will be overgrown with weeds…so I think I will try to fish there a bit more while the weather is still cool.