I keep getting calls and reports about the massive smelt die off in Pokegama. I understand that the bottom of the lake is simply littered with dead smelt now. This has led to some incredible fishing. Larger members of all species moved in to feast on the smelt buffet as they were struggling to survive and thus became easy prey..
As it was told to me it seems that you could see down into the water column and view massive walleye, smallmouth, and pike waiting to eat them as as they struggled. WOW! Guys were telling me they were finding unbelievable fishing.
This raises a couple of questions for me-
1. Anyone else on MFP been up on Pokegama the last week or so.. and if so what did you see?
2. I am assuming the heat is the main culprit for the die off. However, I know of no specific scientific data to back that up. Does anyone know for sure if that is the real cause? If so HOW do we know that? Sure...it has been hot... but it is hot nearly every summer. It is July after all.
3. Does anyone remember similar incidents in the past few years? In the past at all? Were the conditions similar to now if you do remember similar incidents?
Hopefully everyone who can add a piece of information to the puzzle will do so and then we may be able to use that information to predict and better equip ourselves to fish in the future.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988