Posted on March 24, 2010
The winter that just won’t give up. Still had snow on the ground here yesterday. Our first fishing expedition headed out on 3/14, I fished w/ a couple of the guys that came up from TX. Chilly weather, water, and fish were what we found. I did manage to catch 15 bass on a 3″ grub fished painfully slow and broke off something that I did not get a look at. By the end of the day one of the guys in my boat had developed the touch and boated 6 small bass. Definitely not the spring fishing our visitors were looking for! Yesterday our second group of fishermen went out and had a somewhat normal “winter March” trip – two fishermen caught 3 fish all day long, fortunately one of the fish weighed 9 lbs 6 oz. Beautiful fish caught on spinning gear and a grub. I have seen this happen many times during March at AP and I guess that’s why I always try to make it out a few times, even when the weather says I ought to stay inside and be content to organize my gear for a better day.
My guess is that we are about two weeks behind last year’s spawn schedule. I would expect that delay to shorten as April arrives. Guess I will go out on a limb and say that the fish will first move on the beds in the 4th week of April.
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