Saturday, March 12, 2016

Two Days of Panfish and Bass

Yesterday I went to the bell pond and a large quantity of ducks were spooking the carp, so I went for plan B. Usually I start fishing the shoreline structure for bass and panfish in April, but this year I've got a jump on it! Fishing the Ausable Ugly around sticks and boulders I caught a number of small pumpkinseeds, but I couldn't find any big crappies or 'gills.


Today I hit Sunset Pond. I caught the first bass of the year, not a monster but a beautiful fish for sure. I also caught numerous bluegills and a few pumpkinseeds on various flies. The last fish was a nice crappie. 





Turtles were out in force today, and the water was quite warm. Spring is early this year, and time will tell if that is a good thing or a bad thing.




I returned later in the evening with only the rod rigged with a foam ant, no camera or other flies. I caught a ton of big bluegills and pumpkinseeds. It was marvelous. 

6 comments:

  1. RM
    Got to love landing bluegill, bass and crappie on the fly----thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill,
      It is the knees of the bees!

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  2. Nice bunch of catches. I love the close-ups of the fish. YES, Spring is early and we welcome it!!
    Tie, fish, write and photo on...

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    1. Thanks,
      You can keep welcoming it but I'm going to continue worrying about the repercussions of of a very warm March and low water levels.

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  3. Okay. You've got me writing down a list of lake or pond fish for the spring. I have never heard of a pumpkinseed... Love the close up. I do have have bluegill on my list already... Nice photography.

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    1. Thanks,
      Pumpkinseeds are very similar to bluegills, but often dramatically more colorful.

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