The rain has finally left and the sun has come out to play once again, nice to have some days with loads of sun and enjoy a Sunday afternoon on April 22. Since we have been having loads of rain and very cool temps, I wasnt sure is the fish were going to be shallow yet so I started fishing in 18 feet of water. I was marking some fish at these depths but wasnt able to coax too many other than a couple little perch. So I decided to head for the shoreline and see if the shallows were warm enough to start drawing the fish in. It was around noon when I started the shallow fishing, and there were some fish that were moving in. The action was not fast or furious but they were consistent and as long as I was moving the bait around they were hitting it. I was fishing T.H.E. JIG and with it about 14 inches under a float and you could definitely tell when they were biting. The first thing that I noticed was that you had to be fishing the shoreline that had some wood on it, either a tree fallen in or some brush that was standing in the water. The barren shorelines were not producing any fish so the game plan was to stick to the shores that had wood on them. All of the fish that I caught were right next to shore and if you were 5-10 feet off shore, you wouldnt get any bites. I had only used one JIG and caught many species of fish with it, crappies, sunfish, perch and bass. All of the fish that were caught were of the nicer size and the perch were all coming in at around 12 inches. It was very nice getting on the water once again and wetting a line after all of the storms that we had, never thought they were going to end. I figure we only have another week or so and the fish are probably going to move out again so hopefully we will get out again this coming weekend and enjoy some more of this fast and furious spring action. This is the prime time of the year to get some numbers and very nice sized ones as well so get out there and enjoy the early spring fishing as it wont last long.
Did you notice both of those pics are males. Watch as the water warms and they get into their respective spawns. The crappie males will get jet black ,even on their bellies & around theirs mouths. Those bulls will get really red bellies too. Glad to see you are out rearin. Your report is exactly what I've been doing with the same structure.
http://www.bucketrack.com/THEJig.html IF IT'S WET...IT'S CATCH'N FISH
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