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The Crappie really outnumbered the Bluegill to…

The Crappie really outnumbered the Bluegill today, it won’t be long before the crappie go back deep and the Bluegill take over the shallows again

Yesterday I Fished the Tomorrow

I missed fishing last weekend because I was off on vacation, meeting family in Milwaukee and Madison. There was some promising water nearby on some days, but it wasn’t that kind of vacation.

Yesterday the weather was gorgeous and after work I headed for a section of the Tomorrow River that I haven’t fished in several years, and only once before in the evening. I forgot how close this spot is, vand I made it there in sixty minutes.

As soon as I waded in I could see trout, but they were not inclined to be very cooperative. I easily induced them to follow the lure, but they would not take it.

The river has been getting lots of attention in this stretch. Some pretty serious sandbag work has been done to narrow the channel. Thanks to those who did all that work!

I finally did catch a brown trout. I caught a second brown on one of the rare occasions where I guessed where a trout should be and cast precisely to that spot.

The heat wave broke a little, and the mosquitoes took some time off, so it was a very pleasant evening to be out on a stream (even if I only caught two trout).

I could tell that we’re just about half way through summer. Twilight is coming earlier, and so I made it home to watch a little TV with Cindy before bedtime.

It was a very cold and rainy day, but after a …

It was a very cold and rainy day, but after a pretty crappy day at I needed to just be outside for a little bit

I always find it interesting the different way…

I always find it interesting the different ways a Bluegill and Crappie will hit a jig underneath a float, this little guy absolutely hammered the jig

I took a buddy crappie fishing for the first t…

I took a buddy crappie fishing for the first time, sadly the big crappies were not cooperating. But he did manage to catch his first crappie, so he was quite happy and in my book that made it a great day

Sometimes the long hikes back to these seclude…

Sometimes the long hikes back to these secluded lakes are totally worth it, this lake had some of the best panfish fishing I’ve come across in a while

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

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.

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