First fish of 2012
Posted 17 January 2012 - 05:13 PM
Posted 17 January 2012 - 07:17 PM
Never fished there. Is that in the creek or the lake? Passed it a few times, but always thought it would be a over pressured trashed up park.
Posted 17 January 2012 - 07:46 PM
Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:50 PM
Yeah its pretty overfished in my opinion but not so much in the winter, i think we were the only people there today. All of these fish were caught at the mouth of the spillway, warmer water being drained from the bottom of the lake. Had countless amounts of hits too and lost fish.
Nice report, good job getting out there today, and catching fish taboot.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:25 AM
Posted 18 January 2012 - 01:29 PM
i am hoping the water flows are clear enough this spring that we wont need bait. but if its anything like the last couple springs, finding a good gizzard shad source will be key.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:09 PM
i snagged a little one, maybe about 3 inches, and it floated up after 5 minutes of release, they seem fragile. How do you go about actually catching them or is it a matter of just snagging?
Gizzards are actually fairly hardy, as long they aren't lifgted in the gills they should hold up just fine. Like other shads they will need well aerated water. Gizzards have tiny mouths and eat plant matter and zooplankton. Of the tons I have hooked over the years I am sure that all of them were accidental catches, even if the hook was in the mouth.
There are always LOADS of them in the late winter/early spring along the riprap at Conowingo. They are a pita when trying to get early running whites up there.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 01:46 PM
tom, the gizzards you find at conowingo... whats the size range? are they all big ugly ones, or do you see many the size of the one that was posted in the pic above?
Posted 19 January 2012 - 05:07 PM
Dano - you switching over to the gizzies in 2012 due to the herring ban?
if the water is dirty and bait is the only game in town, then yes, my plan is to use the gizzies.
Whenever we have good water clarify, i'll be pluggin. i just have to find a way to convince my dad that he can still drink alot of beer. i have a feeling he will want to troll. trolling = more time to drink beer. last time we had good water clarity was 2009. if we get another year like that, then plugging could be almost as productive as herring.
Posted 21 January 2012 - 03:19 AM
That's good to know. What kind of flies? Are you sure they weren't just snagged in the mouth? I would think that if they hit flies, then they would probably hit a sabiki rig as well.
Ilovefishing, I know people that catch everything from gizzard shad to Asian Carp on flies so if u want to fair catch them that's the ticket.
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