Monday, May 20, 2024

May 18, 2024 - Snakeheads

 Met up with my buddy in Arkansas to try to get Northern Snakehead added to my fly rod life list.  He'd already gotten one on fly rod, and a few others on spinning gear.

We fished from a canoe, and it was absolute mayhem in close quarters when a Snakehead would strike!  Like Bowfin, you really have to get a good hookset, because the roof of their mouth is solid bone and the hook can easily get spit during the battle.  We didn't lose any, but a few strikes were missed.  The cool thing is that when the fish misses, you can toss right back to it, and it will almost always strike again until it eats the fly.  

I caught 4 on a Howitzer Head popper, using 20 lb fluoro tippet, and a 9wt fly rod.

The biggest measured at least 25.5".  They were all pretty good sized!  

Also caught 4 Largemouth Bass, and a couple Central Longear Sunfish:

Black Swallowtail:

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Brood XIX 13-YR Cicadas - Part 2

 As of May 15, 2024, the Brood XIX cicada hatch has picked up its pace.  Many more are being seen, and finally we are starting to HEAR them.  Still not super loud, but certainly audible.  Birds and squirrels are feasting on them.  Here's some pics from our back yard in a Saint Louis, MO, suburb.

Monday, May 13, 2024

May 12, 2024

 Water is higher and muddy.  Tried for Warmouth, still didn't catch any.  I did manage to get my first Channel Catfish of the year on fly, Species #42 for 2024.  Lost a really WIDE-bodied gar when it jumped and threw the fly.  Had 3 Spotted Gar on, each time I had the net ready to land them, one was even briefly in the net...but I didn't officially land any of them.

Ended with about 5 Shortnose Gar, 3 Eyetail Bowfin, 1 Channel Catfish, and 1 Black Crappie.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Brood XIX 13-YR Cicadas

 Checked outside this morning.... May 9, 2024.  The Brood XIX 13-yr Cicada hatch has begun in the Saint Louis, Missouri area!  

Monday, May 6, 2024

May 5, 2024

 We've had some decent rains lately, which have raised creek and river levels.  Water levels at the spot I chose to fish today had also risen, but not terribly bad...definitely still fishable.  They had muddied up a bit as well.

I really wanted to get my first Warmouth of the year, but they still did not show up.  

I saw plenty of fish, most of which I didn't try to fish for.  There were some micros I fished for and did not catch.  I only ended up landed 6 fish for the day, although I had other gar and bowfin on.  What fish I did land were 3 Shortnose Gar (biggest 2 were 29.25" and 26"), a Bowfin, a Common Carp, and a Green Sunfish.

29.25" Shortnose Gar on fly

26" Shortnose Gar on fly

Willowleaf Bluestar: