Everyone has it right now. Fishing fever. Its almost time for that first day, opening day of fishing season, where anyone who is anyone is out for the day, bright and early, with the still cold spring mornings casting your breath out in foggy bursts as you jog along trying for that perfect spot…where they may have stocked the granddaddy of all the trout for opening day.
Fishing in the early spring is a real blast isn’t it.. well.. it is if you’re catching fish. If you’re just hanging out on the sidelines with a wet line and no bites, its a bit less than fun and the most polite of us have uttered a word or two that probably shouldn’t be printed. NOt only trout are abundant in the springtime, but lots of other fish as well.
If springtime fishing is your cup of tea and you’re looking for the best way to catch your limit and be home by lunchtime, then you probably need to take a few tips on the water temperature with regard to certain kinds of fish.
Crappie and bass totally love that warmer water, and if you want to catch them, you’ve got to be where they are. that means along the edges, where the water is warmer, or under that log or jam of brush is where the most of them are going to hang out waiting for you to drop a line.
Bass too like it a bit warmer and will spawn whe the temps in the water are about 70 degrees. April and May are a great time for Bass and if you fish the shallows, you’re going to find what you’re looking for with regard to catching that big bass.
Open water of course is a lot cooler than along the edges, so you won’t find as many fish there of the crappie and bass variety as you might like, making fishing a lot less prolific.
For those of us who are brookie fans.. that is to say, the brook trout that are so amazing, put up such a nice fight and fry up so amazingly, they like a ton of oxygen and want to have a water temperature thats below 50 as a general rule.
You will find those, actually, migrating, up and down the river or creek looking for the right place to hang out. Springtime makes it a lot easier. Anyplace you see a lot of rapids, white water or strong currents, you will find a trout. When it begins to warm up a lot in spring and early summer, you’ll find those further down stream, where the water will run through rocky areas and cool it considerably for them.
Look for areas for trout where the water is going to be considerably colder and fish them. Chances are you’re going to have some great luck this first day of fishing season, just by paying attention to common sense ideas about the water temperature and what the fish actually like.
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