Spring can be one of the most rewarding times for fishing. Heating water and longer daylight combined move many species of fish in shallow water; migration, usually due to the need to feed and reproduce. But weather features play a big role, especially during periods of extreme events that we have experienced recently.
For example, take two fishing trips I took to a local reservoir. The first was made during the last of three days at 80 degrees. The second was made a few days later, after a severe cold front that gave cold rain, some snowflakes and low temperatures in the upper 20s.
The trip was the first: the water temperature was in the mid-50s and was rising rapidly under the sunny sky. I decided to spend some time slowly touring several areas of the lake, watching the sonar’s response to differences in water temperature and the presence of fish.
After inspecting several areas it turned out that the warmest water was in the upper basin of the lake. Not only was the surface temperature the highest, but the fish I suspected of carp was from the bottom to 8-10 feet of surface. While I was spinning over several flooded trees in the area, the sonar didn’t show a lot of crepe related to the cover.
Armed with the information that the fish appeared scattered, I decided that the best way would be to slowly troll the different levels of the water column. The eighth additive was installed on one light spinning. On the other I also set the jing to an eighth ounce, but on this one I added an egg sinker a quarter ounce over the short leader, over the rotary turn used to connect the leader. My third outfit included a triangular hinge. A long swivel dropper is connected to another similar air conditioner. A short dropper attached to a sinker at three-eighths of an ounce. The final ring of the swivel is tied to the main line.
These three installations allowed me to fish in three different areas. When moving the boat at a speed of 0.7 to 0.8 miles per hour, the unimportant additive passed a few feet below the surface from 30 to 40 feet. The one who was weighed with an egg sinker ran into a 10-foot zone with the same amount of wood. The three-way installation was allowed to operate within a foot or so of the bottom. All three jigs were dressed by Boby Garland Stroll’R in colors such as Electric Chicken and Mo Glo Ghost Sprakle.
For a limited time I had to catch a dozen good crepes, including three ranging from 12.5 to 14 inches that succumbed to the troll’s condition. Most arrived at shallow and medium depth air conditioners, although the three-sided gave a couple of crepes.
Trip 2: The water temperature dropped by a few degrees. In the shallow basin of the lake, judging by the recoil of the sonar, there were no fish. Slowly spinning further along the lake, I began to notice large shoals of fish on 14-18-foot planes located between the main stream channel and the shore. The areas with the most fish also had many trees lying on the shores, although the fish did not appear to be in the underwater areas of the trees.
I unwrapped three outfits again to cover the water column as the fish crumbled again. An hour or more of slow trolling yielded a couple of fish, but nothing too exciting. However, as I slowly rode through the sunken trees, I noticed a fish stacked in large numbers. I changed tactics, using a quarter-ounce bait to plant the branches vertically. Fish began to come more often. The eighth ounce of additive, dressed with Bobby Garland Baby Shad, also yielded a few fish.
Each sunken tree gave away two to four fish before they closed, possibly frightened. Interestingly, sometimes catching crepe from such a cover does the opposite, ignites the school. I’ve seen this many times with maloroti bass. I suspect the recent unpleasant weather had a lot to do with the muted action.
When fishing for weather-sensitive fish such as crappies, you should stay mobile and not believe too much because of what happened last time.