Tuesday, June 19, 2018

First Half of June 2018

We've had 90+degree F days, and days in the 70's, and days in the 80's.  Dry and rain.
All of the following were caught flyfishing the local public ponds.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mid- to Late-May 2018

After a long cold spring that saw ice on local waters into April, we had some record high temps in the middle and latter part of May....temps that reached into the mid 90's F.

Flyfishing the local public ponds has been at times excellent, and other times rather slow.  But that's fishing.
Channel catfish have often been sighted, but they aren't as aggressive as I wish they were.  I'm struggling to get them to strike a fly. Did catch one.

Carp were going strong, but have recently slowed down.

Bass are finishing up their spawning and are starting to feed more aggressively, even taking topwater with regularity.  These are the 3 largest ones in the past couple weeks.

Lucked into a nice crappie that hit my bass popper one evening.

Some hybrid sunfish are guarding nests, and some seem to be feeding over open water.

Pumpkinseed Sunfish are nesting.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Early May 2018

Early May has been (mostly) warm, occasionally cool, some light rain every few days....more of a typical "Spring" that we had heretofore been lacking this year.

Bass started guarding beds in most of the local ponds by May 5.  That shut the bass bite down considerably for me, but some have still been caught.

Bluegills have been pretty active...not quite nesting yet.
I did catch this dandy 9.25" Pumpkinseed Sunfish:
Pumpkinseed Sunfish, 9.25"
Crappies have been hitting well, with the males now seemingly guarding nests (I haven't seen them on nests, but they are hitting really close to shore, so I assume this is what is happening).

I finally caught my first flyrod Channel Catfish of the year, 19":

I caught the catfish while flyfishing for carp.  They are SO MUCH FUN!  The biggest one recently has been this 28.5-incher:

And some other ones in the 25-27.5" range (one fatty was only 23.5", but made up for it in GIRTH) ;o)

All the carp and the catfish were caught on Hybrid Carp Fly pattern variations:

Overall, the fishing has been fun...fairly steady....nothing "lights out amazing".  I'll take it!