We had over 60 degree air temps in northern Virginia yesterday. The snow is almost all melted. The rivers aren't stained green for Spring yet, but that's not more than a week or two away I'm betting. I'm hoping that the ice is mostly off the moving water.
I'm looking forward to some smallmouth pre-spawn hunger. I've had good luck in the past with large bucktail jigs right up against sun-warmth-sucking rocks. This year I'm going to try a similar approach but use a fly-rod and weighted bass bugs.
It's an exciting time of year.
- Big D
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yellow perch in the .......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Feb-15-11 4:38 PM (EST)
You can say that again!|
Posted by: securis on Feb-25-11 7:10 AM (EST)
You can say that again!
Posted by: Dirty_Ed on Feb-25-11 8:33 AM (EST)
I'm looking forward to warmer weather and some new creek adventures too Big-D.
Running a little late this year|
Posted by: Big_D on Feb-28-11 9:00 AM (EST)
I usually do a run on one of our favorite creeks that only runs in the Spring sometime in late February. Didn't happen this year. It'll go down in a week or two and we'll have to wait for either a deluge or next year. We don't want either of those. So I'm hoping we'll get out in the next week or so. That's usually a paddle only trip because it's 18 miles of constant class 1 and 2 water. There are a few pools, but not many. The ones there are are likely loaded with trout. The lower end of it I know has good numbers of smallies, but I can't say about size.
Had a sweet trip...|
Posted by: Al_A on Mar-05-11 11:10 PM (EST)
about three weeks ago...three rivers in three days, plenty of trout and smallies. Beautiful weather, rivers low and extremely clear. Then cold hit. Then snow hit. Then rain and more rain. Last week the weather got beautiful again, but rivers mostly way too high. And then we left for two months in Montana. Cold. Snow. But the Yellowstone is looking good...where we are the river is influenced by the big spring creeks and isn't frozen over at all. And it's lower than I've ever before seen it, since all the run-off is still frozen up in the mountains.
It's on my 'to do' list.|
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-06-11 3:32 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Mar-08-11 10:38 PM (EST)
love to fish gentlemen, and i agree, for good fishing 50 seems to be the magic temp, though have caught a few 2-3 lb small mouth this winter, and a bunch of crappie
Posted by: Al_A on Mar-09-11 12:08 AM (EST)
are more fun when the water temp gets to 50, because not only do they fight better but you can catch them on stuff that I consider to be more fun to fish. But if you can find them you can catch them down to temps in the upper 30s.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-09-11 7:58 AM (EST)
AL, yeah we caught some a few week ago on tims ford when the water temp was like 37deg.. they hardly even fight after you hook em.. water was in the 46 range the other day and he still didn't fight too much... couple more weeks and well be golden ;)
Water temps are getting good|
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-09-11 9:34 AM (EST)
But my main river is going to be running at 20' by this weekend (with an 18' flood stage), so I'm guessing the river fishing will have to wait for a while. The reservoir and small lakes are sounding good to me.
I think it's goona be big D ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Mar-10-11 5:11 PM (EST)
...... the current rainfalls seem to be exceeding the predicted amounts . It's already starting to blow up in the Cumberland stretch and Wills creek is really pumping it in there .
leighrobin and I spent yesterday .......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Mar-13-11 7:42 PM (EST)
Took a walk at lunchtime|
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-14-11 2:18 PM (EST)
I walked through a park with a good view of the Potomac from a ridge overlooking Harrison Island. The river is still high and muddy but doing down. It wouldn't be suicide to go on it in a jet boat in good repair right now, but the current's still too much push for me to want to kayak it and you'd have to be an exceptionally skilled fishermen to catch anything except by mistake. I'm sure all the ramps are still showing in (or above) the red zone though.