Monday, February 20, 2017

Here in Ankeny, Iowa, the ice on all the local public ponds is gone. On February 10, there were still some guys icefishing these ponds. A week later on February 17, they 100% open! Crazy warm weather for mid-February! Its very unusual, but I can't say I don't enjoy it.
So, I took Friday off and tried out a new fly rod/reel.
As I mentioned previously, I got an Allen Kraken reel and a Douglas Sky 9' 6wt rod. The Sky won the Yellowstone Angler 2016 6wt Rod Shootout.

Anyway, I fished 6 ponds on Friday. Caught 1 Crappie at the first one, 1 Bluegill at the second one, skunked at the 3rd, 6 Crappies at the 4th, Skunked at the 5th, and 4 Bluegills, 1 Crappie and 1 Bass at the 6th. Crazy day, slow fishing, but beautiful weather for it.

Lots of Muskrats out and about too:

Then I went fishing Sunday late-afternoon. Again, very nice weather. I was hoping to get a Pumpkinseed Sunfish, and was successful.  Caught 2 that looked like Pumpkinseed x Bluegill Hybrids...and 6+ Bluegills.


  1. My gosh, Dave, those Pumpkinseeds are pudgy and bright this time of year. It has been strange weather here also this February. Did you have a consistent pattern you used?

    1. Yes Mel. A 1/80th oz chartreuse microjig set 181" beneath an indicator took all these fish. Its a great pattern year-round, and especially during the colder-water seasons. Having a fly that undulates due to wave action, but doesn't move much the fish plenty of time to react to and try to eat the fly. A slow-stripped fly might also work, but they might not be willing to chase a fly right now. You could then strip even slower, but then the fly might sink too much and might start to snag the bottom in the shallows.
      I can't say this is the best technique for your waters, but it sure works good here. :)

    2. oops...thats 18", not 181". ;o)