Because of time constraints, my fishing exploits have been limited to spots close at hand, which is entirely fine with me. Unfortunately, though, I was unable to make the trip to the Farmington with some other blog contributors this past weekend. Heard it was a great time!
Warmwater fishing has picked up considerably with crappies and bluegills in the shallows, and aggressively taking all manner of flies, in most bodies of water. I fished two ponds in central Massachusetts and really cleaned up.
Pre-spawn panfish are super fun because they are plentiful, and, if you happen to run into bigger ones, they are a fun fight on light tackle.
Pretty much any buggy-looking nymph stripped over emerging weed beds or around brush in shallow water should work. Small topwaters can work too. Experiment. The key is warm water and a little bit of cover.
Carp, another personal favorite, have also been starting to get into solid pre-spawn mode. At least in some spots. The bite for me hasn’t been great, but, with a little work, I’ve gotten a few. Mostly on natural-colored squirmy worms dropped right in front of their faces.
It’s funny with carp. Cast to one, and it’ll take off like you threw a brick at it. Cast to the next one, and it’ll suck up your fly like nothing.
Last, I was able to get out for some trout quickly after work while I was doing some scouting out in western Mass.
Nothing hatching, but the fish were still actively pouncing on swung soft hackles. Got into a few browns, nothing big, but fun to catch some trout after targeting warm-water stuff recently.
The next month will see increased warm-water activity, even better action for trout, and our annual influx of stripers…too much to choose from.
But, I don’t really mind.