I could not catch a crappie for the life of me…

I could not catch a crappie for the life of me today, but the Bluegill were very willing to bite

I really do enjoy the time of year where I can…

I really do enjoy the time of year where I can target crappie with these tiny soft plastic lures

Sometimes you have to let the best ones go

Sometimes you have to let the best ones go

Happy weekend everyone

Happy weekend everyone

It was an odd day of crappie fishing, I’d catc…

It was an odd day of crappie fishing, I’d catch a decent one then a really small one and then restart that cycle

This is the first Redear Sunfish I have ever s…

This is the first Redear Sunfish I have ever seen from this creek

Crystal Clear

After work yesterday I drove west past Wautoma to fish in the crystal clear waters of the West Branch of the White River. The water was so transparent that I could easily make eye contact with the trout. I could see them, and unfortunately they could also see me. It was a good set of conditions for observing the fish and their reaction to the lure. There were loads of trout, but most of them just let the spinner pass on by. Some noticed it and followed it for while and then headed for cover. Some were scared by it, and high tailed away as quickly as they could. Every once in a while one would take it.

I caught mostly clueless small ones. The nicest was the one shown in this picture. I got him by blindly casting around a bend so neither of us could see the other.

Although they weren’t bad at first, later in the twilight the mosquitoes and flies came out with a vengence. I ended up hiking out through a swamp, and just about choked on all the bugs attacking my face. Sometimes, that part makes me wonder why I like being out in the woods in the summer at all.

My catch tally was three rainbows and four browns. And I made note of where the really big ones were trying to hide in the clear water for when I come back next time.

I played around with the little crappie while …

I played around with the little crappie while I was waiting for a Bowfin to bite

Today was one of those great days where all of…

Today was one of those great days where all of the fish were in the first 5 feet of the bank

The water level was lower than usual at this l…

The water level was lower than usual at this lake, it is about time for us to get some well deserved rain. Luckily the Bluegill don’t seem to mind