I decided to have some real fun today. The tides looked right and the fish are in so I hit the tidal water looking for a multi species day, and that is what I got. Perch were spawning, and their accordion like egg masses were every where. Some suckers munched on the eggs and smallmouth hunted for crayfish and sculpins. And best of all, there were loads of alewives in. I spotted Steve Gephard snorkeling and went up to chat with him. He said that this is some of the best he has seen in a while. I have a small frame of reference, but I was thrilled by what I saw. There were schools of alewives scattered everywhere, and in the stretch I saw there must have been about a thousand.
|Bird kill alewive|
Under the bridge I hooked my first smallmouth of the year, a very nice fish that fought well and jumped beautifully. I can still remember the 7-8 pounder I lost at this spot this time last year....
I caught a few perch, which promptly milted all over the place... gross. You gotta get used to it though if you are going to fish during the spawn.