Bloglikes - Fishing en-US Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:17:32 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter A Creative Writing Call to Action It took a week or so, but all of the stuff sold! No longer having the need to have that little garage sale as the main post, I can get back to writing again. (Hooray?)

Bring on the Forced Creativity

I was thinking of focusing at least one post a month (and even that feels ambitious) to doing a little creative writing. Even though this blog has been around for what, like almost fourteen years , I've never really fancied myself much of a writer. My style is more blunt. More direct. And honestly, a lot of narcissitic rantings about me and what I'm up to. Not much waxing poetically or caring much for sentence structure.

Now, I'm not exactly sure what this creative writing will entail. Probably very short stories, mostly fiction, beats me... Maybe I'm just amped up from watching that Hemingway biography on PBS last week. Don't worry, I won't start going by "Papa".

So that's it, I'm going to give it a shot. I certainly have a few nice fishing trips lined up to (hopefully) add some fuel to the creative fire. With a trip to Western North Carolina this upcoming weekend, and a ramble to the Driftless Area of Wisconsin in May, fly fishing will certainly be on the brain (and Pfizer flowing through my veins).

Want to Play Along?

Back when outdoor blogging was more of a "thing", there were communities that used to toss out weekly or monthly creative prompts to try and stimulate both interaction and productivity.

So fancy yourself a writer? Have a blog? Or a notepad and pen? I'm certainly up for reading your original works too... assuming that's not already your style. So consider this a prompt to get in the game. Heck, start a free Blogger blog and spit out some otherwise hidden genius. Let me know the URL and I'll even link to it. 

I mean after a while, reading the typical fishing report gets a little stale, am I right? 

But hopefully I'll have a few of those to share as well.

[Author: Michael Agneta]

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:58:26 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Wisconsin Fishing Pfizer Pbs Musings Hemingway Don Western North Carolina Michael Agneta
The Native Fish Coalition Have I talked about the Native Fish Coalition here?

Honestly, I don't recall. The last year or so will do that to you. If I have, well... I'm going to again. And if I haven't, well... shame on me. Either way, let's make up for lost time.

There are a lot of conservation groups out there, both big and small. Most all of them do great work. You probably receive weekly mailings from several of them (ahem, TU), but the one I am really excited about is the Native Fish Coalition (NFC).

I'm a relatively new NFC member myself, joining last July, and just in that short time, they've gone from a few chapters dispersed throughout mostly New England, to now having seven state-based chapters, including as far south as Alabama. (Roll Tide & Redeyes!)

Now what sets the Native Fish Coalition apart from other groups to me is that the work is extremely relatable. Simply put (and to quote), they are "like-minded advocates who are committed to protecting, preserving, and restoring our wild native fish."

I dig wild, native fish.

This is also all grassroots work, being done by people like you and me. It's all in the name of keeping native fish populations where they belong, despite all of the pressures they face on a daily basis. And that doesn't just mean native game fish. Sure, brook trout rightly get a lot of love, they are gorgeous and threatened in much of their native range... but this group gives attention to all  wild, native species, large and small, graceful and awkward.

But Why Now?

I bring this up now because in the most recent newsletter, (in addition to highlighting a Schuylkill River Cleanup by the Pennsylvania Chapter), there was a membership plea, which I'd like to pass along to my readers:

Native Fish Coalition Schuylkill River Clean Up Image Courtesy NFC

"NFC offers memberships that acknowledge one's support for what we do. Membership is also a way for us to raise money for conservation initiatives. Most importantly, in some cases the size of an organization has a direct correlation with how it is viewed by the powers that be. 

Please consider joining NFC if you haven't already. For student, individual, family, and species annual memberships, and lifetime individual and family memberships, click here. For lifetime memberships with a Winston fly rod, click here. For lifetime memberships with a Winston fly rod and Bauer fly reel, click here.  For business memberships click here. And to join by PayPal, click here.       

If you renew a current membership or join NFC as a new member in April, you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a Ranger Backcountry Tenkara Rod Starter Kit, compliments of our friends at Red Brook Tenkara.  A $140 value, the winner will be required to pay shipping only."

So check out what's going on at the Native Fish Coalition. Take a few minutes to click around their website. I think you'll find they're doing a lot of good things.

[Author: Michael Agneta]

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:58:26 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Alabama Sport Paypal Pennsylvania Fishing Nfc New England Bauer WINSTON Michael Agneta Red Brook Tenkara Native Fish Coalition Native Fish Coalition NFC Schuylkill River Cleanup NFC NFC
Perfect Timing  WAITING FOR IT

A Sunny Afternoon

mother's day arrival ?


.. Opening Day in Yellowstone National Park is about a month away. Masked fishers are lurking in dark corners of the recently opened pubs in our village. The talk, of course, is of lowland fishing and the beginning of caddis fly swarms.

.. They are not here yet but some solitary individuals have been reported in the Gallatin Valley near Bozeman, Montana .The reports seem to be reliable.

.. Over on the Yellowstone River sparse occurrences of midges, BWO, or the occasional March Brown mayfly have been suggested by Parks' Fly Shop.

.. AND, Makflies has come forth with the perfect pattern for the moment. There is just enough time to tie up a gross for the next month or two. We include the video below.

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[Author: Yellowstoner]

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:58:11 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone River Gallatin Valley Yellowstoner Bozeman Montana Parks Fly Shop AND Makflies
NATIVE FISH COALITION - Raffle to Support Wild Fish Projects Native Fish Coalition?  If not, you should be.  Over the last year or so, they have grown with chapters through the northeast and recently, a new state chapter in Alabama with a focus on native and wild fish.
To support their work, the Native Fish Coalition is raffling off a Swift Packlight 7'6" 4-weight which just happens to be one of my favorite four-weight fly rods.  This is a great progressive glass taper and five pieces makes it a snap for travel. 

There will only be 100 tickets sold and you can play for $20 for a single ticket or $50 for three tickets.  A winner will be randomly chosen when all 100 tickets has been sold. 
If I remember correctly, a T.F.M. reader was picked the winner during the last Native Fish Coalition fly rod raffle and it would be neat to see that happen again.
Check out the Native Fish Coalition website for more on their work and get your raffle tickets HERE.
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[Author: Cameron Mortenson]

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:57:54 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Alabama Sport Fishing Cameron Mortenson Native Fish Coalition
HOWLER BROTHERS - World of Gaucho It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Howler Brothers and their limited edition Guacho shirts.  I must have a dozen of them on my side of the closet which started with a Dancing Prawn snapshirt and seem to have picked up one or two each season since.  Side note, can you believe that Howler Brothers is 10 years old?
The folks at Howler Brothers have created a neat timeline that they've dubbed the World of the Gaucho which is a fun trip down memory lane and provides some background and history to their unique and limited edition snapshirts.

How many and which Gaucho snapshirts do you have?  Which one is your favorite?
Check out the Howler Brothers World of Gaucho and keep an eye out for some possible contests, giveaways, and other fun centered around these most famous snapshirts.
Follow along on the Howler Brothers website and Instagram for the latest.
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[Author: Cameron Mortenson]

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:57:53 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Cameron Mortenson Howler Brothers Howler Brothers World of Gaucho
We Have Hit A Snag In the Weather Dept.

 Looks like we are in for a slightly below-average stretch in the weather for the foreseeable future. As of today, the average high temp should be 54℉. We are still more than a month away from Opener, which isn't until May 15th this year. I am catching fish and am OK with struggling for a couple of weeks. I didn't start really getting fish last year until the 27th, though I did have a couple of double-digit days previous to that on April 19th (14 fish) and April 21st (11 fish). I hope to have my Garmin Side-Imager in the water by this upcoming weekend. That could possibly be a gamechanger for me in locating schools of crappie. I should probably start looking at Youtube videos to get me started on the learning curve. Better fishing lies ahead. I am confident of that.

[Author: (Basspastor)]

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 06:40:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Weather Sport Fishing
East Park reservoir–Half Full and Fishing Crappie Conditions: Air temperature 60 – 80 degrees, light wind in the afternoon. Water Temperature 62 degrees, with water clarity of about 36”.

With the fuel moisture levels in valley brush already at June levels, I recently switched gears and moved from “deep and narrow” lakes to exploiting the “shallow and bowl-like” lakes before they warm to bathtub temperatures.

The rationale is simple, the deep lakes will remain cool at depth no matter how warm the summer gets – but the shallow lakes are already half empty, are warming quickly,  and will be unfishable come July.

East Park Reservoir is a little known impoundment off of I-5 that most fishermen pass while headed North into the blue water of the Cascades. It is a agricultural reservoir just above Williams, and services much of Colusa county. Last year (drought year One) I visited it in May and July – and while the May trip was good fishing, the July trip was a warm off-color mess.

East Park isn’t well known, hosts few services, including no boat launch, and doesn’t get the pressure of the popular lakes like Clear Lake or Berryessa. This lack of humans means no trash at the water’s edge, no floating debris, and no overflowing garbage dumpsters to draw wildlife and the curious.

As the lake is accessible only via a Colusa county controlled gate, it is accessible only from April till October, after which the gates are closed and locked for the Winter.

Being about the only person on the lake the prior year, I assumed the opening of the lake would be a quiet affair, so I made the trip jsut to see what the lake offered for the April 9th Opener …


… and while it appears that most of the locals had the same idea, there was plenty of room for everyone due to the low lake levels and the expanded parking and launch facilities that created. Parking is plentiful on the sandy lake bed, and launching a bass boat simply needs an outcropping of hard pan near the water’s edge for success (see above).

The lower portion of the lake was already dry and reminiscent of late summer of last year, so I expect this year will be critical to lake levels, as its current 50% fill will be drawn down quickly by the local rice, almond, and tomato crop.

East Park hosts numerous bass species, carp, and an aggressive Crappie population that shows itself with regularity. With about a dozen boats on the lake – and at least eight fishing kayaks, the fish were plentiful and most succumbed to an assortment of “rip” baits, spinnerbaits, and a few even blew up on top water lures.

The Crappie preferred a weighted Grey Wooly Bugger (size 6), which I use for a standard “minnow” or Shad imitation, and the Largemouth Bass preferred the larger, Crawdad colored, variant. (Use Orange and Brown speckled chenille, brown marabou tail, furnace hackle tied Palmer)


The bite was pretty good considering all the extra traffic on the lake, which killed the the daylong serenade of Coyotes singing from Coyote Point, but the trip was an unqualified success on all other measures.

The kayak allows full access to the lake, if your legs are in good enough shape to pedal the distance. East Park is shaped like an inverted “V” – and at half full the round trip distance between southern launch and northern dam is about three miles, with a similar length for the far “leg” of the lake.

Ample campsites exist, but they are Spartan and lack water. The fluctuations of the lake level alter the camping area drastically as most follow the receding waterline and camp on the lake bed proper.

Colusa county operates the camping concession, and you can reserve campsites (and pay for day use) on their website. Day use is about $8, for a single vehicle, and camping is $15 per night, which is cheap considering.

I did not see any evidence of Bass spawn yet, and the 62 degree water is still a bit chill for full mating debauchery. It will be soon, but will be difficult to spot based on the rocky shale bottom of the lake. Largemouth beds are more obvious scars on  muddy bottoms than on a rocky surface, and are less easy to spot.

The few fish that broke the surface for top water action suggests the activity level is consistent with a warming lake, so the best bite will be soon.

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 20:06:54 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Camping Sport Williams Palmer Fishing Kayaking Coyote Crawfish Colusa East Park Reservoir Clear Lake East Park Colusa County Fly Fishing Bass Fishing Shad Crappie Interstate 5 Wooly Bugger Boat Launch Day Use Top Water
Congrats to David Pecháček BFL Champion  

David Pecháček is a young guy from MN that moved to Florida to pursue his bass fishing dreams. This weekend he won the Gator Division Phenoix Big 5 BFL on Lake Okeechobee.
Congrats Dave on the big win!

[Author: (Basspastor)]

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 10:42:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Florida Sport Fishing Lake Okeechobee BFL Big O David Pecháček Lake Okeechobee Congrats Dave
Josh Douglas And Pat Schlapper Giving SCHEELS Online Seminar On Tues. April 13th at 7PM  

They will be giving good info and giving away prizes. .

[Author: (Basspastor)]

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 05:16:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Scheels Josh Douglas Pat Schlapper
Top Review Geek  

Top Review Geek is a website with the beginning fisherman and hunter in mind. From my short review of the site; It has a wealth of information available.

[Author: (Basspastor)]

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:08:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Newbies Top Review Geek. Beginners
My Sabine River Fantasy Team  

[Author: (Basspastor)]

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 18:01:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Fantasy Bass Fishing Sabine River Fantasy Team
Some Silver On the 7th   12" THE Jig/Minnow (G/Pink) Had my crap in order tonight, and Bear Trax got minnows. I got a couple silvers to pull my bobber under.

[Author: (Basspastor)]

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 12:07:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Minnows Bullheads T.H.E. Jig
Don't Watch Netflix's Seaspiracy

Yesterday, the sun was shining bright, and birds were chirping outside my window, and the buds were really starting to coming out on the trees. It was a stupidly perfect day really, and I had to go ruin it all by watching Seaspiracy.


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1st Bullhead of 2021 Is A Golden  

After a few misfires, I finally landed something at the Grumpy Old Man Hole tonight. Very first cast and this golden beauty was all over the Swim Shad. I also got a jumper as it was getting dark on THE Jig. First time ever the first bullhead of the year for me is a golden bullhead. 

[Author: (Basspastor)]

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 04:48:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Bullheads GOMH
PAKMULE - The Rollout of 3 New Products PAKMULE and PAKMULE Ridgeline, which we use all the time on our 4Runner, Element and golf cart, and if you've read T.F.M. for any amount of time you likely have already read the gear reviews HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.  Photographs often pop up on my Instagram too.  The PAKMULE has given us so much more room when packing for trips and always having a cooler (or two) accessible is handy as well.  
  Over the past couple of weeks, PAKMULE has rolled out three new products to further enhance your overbuilt cargo carrier that are all worth a look.  The Decking would have come in handy yesterday as Finn and I were moving dirt and brush from our spring landscaping clean up project to the burn pile.


Considering a PAKMULE for your summer adventures?  I'm more than happy to answer questions or talk to you more about my experience for the past several years using ours a ton. 
Expensive?  Yes.  Worth it.  Undoubtedly, yes.  I'd file this under "Buy Once, Cry Once" and rock on.
All PAKMULE products are "Made in the USA", there's free shipping with orders over $150, and use code "FLYFISHING" for a free set of MULESTRAPS with your order. Subscribe in a reader

[Author: Cameron Mortenson]

Mon, 05 Apr 2021 06:55:01 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Usa Sport Fishing Finn Cameron Mortenson PAKMULE Ridgeline
MFFC - Fly Fishing with Fiberglass Fly Rods Presentation Metropolitan Fly Fishing Club on Wednesday, April 7th at 7:00 EST.  We'll talk fiberglass fly rods and why you should be using them, touch on some history, buyer's guide, what the future in glass holds, and then wrap it up with some Q&A.
I've done quite a few in-person presentations on fiberglass fly rods over the years so we'll see how the slides and discussion work out online.  Maybe I'll put together a T.F.M. swag package for a random or best chat room question.  

Want to tune in?  You do not have to be a Metropolitan Fly Fishing Club member to join in on this presentation and discussion. 
Visit this ZOOM link to attend on Wednesday, April 7th at 7:00 EST.

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[Author: Cameron Mortenson]

Mon, 05 Apr 2021 06:55:01 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Cameron Mortenson Metropolitan Fly Fishing Club
MB CUSTOM RODS - Marc Builds Himself an Easter Present rod makers, their own stash of fly rods is typically meager.  Like you'd expect a rod maker to have all sorts of fly rods that they've built for themselves but in reality they are usually talked into selling whatever they've just built to someone else. 
When Marc Beissler posted on his MB Custom Rods Facebook page this morning of his "Easter Present", I immediately asked if I could share.  First, what he said about McFarland Rod Company Spruce Creek blank is totally true and second, his build on this blank is just stunning.  Right down to his perfect script across the blank instead of along it, the color-match agate guide, and wraps that vanish into the yellow of the blank.  I like his throwback style in penmanship and it's so good to see a rod builder treat himself too.

Marc wrote...  " I treated myself with this McFarland Rods Spruce Creek 6' 8“ three-weight blank for this year's small stream fishery.  To be honest, it's one of my absolute favourite tapers from Mike.  This kid handles everything from dries over nymphs to small streamer patterns. 
Every small stream enthusiast should have one in his/her arsenal.  Go and get your eggs  now."

Check out the MB Custom Rods website, sign up for the newsletter, and follow along on the latest shop news on Facebook and Instagram
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[Author: Cameron Mortenson]

Sun, 04 Apr 2021 17:56:36 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Facebook Sport Fishing Mike Marc Cameron Mortenson Instagram Subscribe Marc Beissler McFarland Rod Company Spruce Creek MB Custom Rods
T.F.M. PATCHED CAPS UPDATE - They Have Arrived!!! Asheville Promo, two boxes of Retro Fly koozies, shipping supplies, more shipping supplies, a large box full of Retro Fly golf tees, and a batch of T.F.M. decals should arrive tomorrow which will then mean that I can then start packaging up orders. 
So far, my family is being patient about this mess but that could all (quickly) change...

If you placed an order for a T.F.M. patched cap, they are here and will ship sometime later this week.  It's spring break for our children, my dad is coming down to golf with us for a few days, and I figure that I'll work through packaging orders while watching The Masters Tournament each afternoon.
All in all, not a bad week to look forward to.
I couldn't be more impressed with how these caps turned out and Asheville Promo met and exceeded all expectations even down to the woven tags that we cooked up.  Even if you ordered a Comrade cap, there's a Retro Fly tucked away on the inside tag.  I like it.  

I've received payment from nearly everyone who pre-ordered a T.F.M. cap but there are several who I haven't heard from.  Please check your spam folder and let's work out payment and shipping details as soon as possible. 
Whoever I don't hear back from by the end of the week, I'll likely cancel the order so we can move forward with the random drawing for the Orvis Superfine Glass outfit.  Look for a winner to be picked sometime next weekend.
For those who are interested in a T.F.M. patched cap, there are extras but I need to move through the pre-orders first.  If you want to get in line for one, please send an email and I'll contact you back when I am ready to take new orders.
Thanks to the support of everyone on making these caps a reality.  The pre-order exceeded expectations and it'll be fun to have these in the T.F.M. Store.
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[Author: Cameron Mortenson]

Sun, 04 Apr 2021 17:56:36 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Cameron Mortenson Asheville Promo
NEW IN THE TFM STORE - Western Birch "Retro Fly" Golf Tees Western Birch custom "Retro Fly" golf tees arrived and I'm taking orders through the weekend so that your order would arrive before tournament play next weekend. 
Do you really need a batch of 2 3/4" premium dark koa stained hardwood tees with the Retro Fly logo and striped in the Comrade colors of black, red, and yellow?  Maybe not.  But do you want to play your next round on your local muni with a few of these in your pocket?  Hopefully yes. 
The Western Birch Retro Fly tees are $15 per box and all orders come with a green Retro Fly neoprene koozie and T.F.M. decals.
And, if you think these are a little expensive, please know that $5 of the cost is wrapped up in shipping.  I'm not getting rich of these and just making back my investment.   
The next trip to the post office is Monday so send an email to place your order.  I can take PayPal, Venmo, credit card, and check as payment.
Check out the T.F.M. Store for these and other stellar offerings.
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[Author: Cameron Mortenson]

Sat, 03 Apr 2021 17:55:34 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport TFM Fishing Cameron Mortenson
LAST CHANCE! Watch the Fly Fishing Film Tour This Weekend Fly Fishing Film Tour yet?  If you haven't, you should.
Steaming of this year's films ends on Sunday, April 4th at 6:00 p.m. so there is still time to get in on the epic raffles and giveaways from Costa, Simms, and YETI.

Jump over to the Fly Fishing Film Tour website and get your ticket today.

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[Author: Cameron Mortenson]

Sat, 03 Apr 2021 17:55:34 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Cameron Mortenson Costa Simms
Canada's herring facing ‘biological decimation’, say First Nations and activists Herring off western coast will ‘teeter on edge of complete collapse’ if commercial fishing continues at current level, says report

First Nations and conservationists are warning that Pacific herring populations are “collapsing” off Canada’s western coast, and are appealing for a moratorium on commercial fishing until the critical species can rebuild.

Emmie Page, a marine campaigner with the organization Pacific Wild, said in the past, five large commercial herring fisheries opened each year on the coast.

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Trophy In The Water Today

[Author: (Basspastor)]

Sat, 03 Apr 2021 04:43:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Trophy Trophy Story
1st Open Water Fish of 2021 Comes From Rock! 13" THE Jig (Glow/Pink)
License On the Trophy today
Went down front after working on the boat.
 I fished 3 different times today. First was at the GOMH on my way to the Lake Place. Didn't get anything and had my hat blown off. I got the boat ready to go in the water tomorrow. I stopped at Rock Lake to see if the Rock Dock was in; it wasn't. I only had a few minutes before I had to get the car home. On my very last cast a bass took the jig and made 2021 fishing history being my first landed fish out of open water in 2021. Turns out when I got home that the rents decided not to go to Good Friday. I ate pancakes for dinner then headed back out after 7:00PM. I stopped at Bulldog, Rock, and GOMH. Nobody else out fishing surprisingly enough. It had calmed down enough that I was able to hear swans taking off on the other side of Rock Lake. I didn't get a bite, but I did get some clipping done at the GOMH.  

[Author: (Basspastor)]

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 02:35:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Lake Place T.H.E. Jig Rock Lake 1st Fish OTY Trophy Rock Dock
Trophy Prep Today

 Went and got Steve his birthday present, his 2021 Fishing Licence. Then I got to work vacuuming out the boat. Steve got stuff out of the way and by the time I was done with the near side, it was ready to be pulled out so we did that. I finished up at about 6:45PM. I didn't bring any fishing equipment with me and was driving the Expedition so I just ran by Bulldog and the GOMH to see if anyone was fishing. No one was. By the time mom and dad got home, it was getting dark and I wasn't interested in fishing. Hope to have the Trophy in the lake tomorrow.

[Author: (Basspastor)]

Thu, 01 Apr 2021 23:16:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Steve Trophy Trophy Story
Lake Berryessa Scout Trip & Conditions Conditions: Morning breeze (stiff) to 12 mph, afternoon calm. Air temperature 61 – 80 degrees. Water temperature 58 to 60 degrees.

Launch: Oak Shores Day use area (west side of Berryessa).

With this week’s temperatures threatening to break seasonal records, and the latest “wind event” rumored to die out that evening, I assumed it safe to look for largemouth beds and see if any bass had moved into the shallows to spawn.

The wind finally died around noon – which is why I consider all weather men to be knaves and scoundrels. All morning I endured a steady 12 mph breeze – which threatened to impale me via errant false cast. As the wind was quite violent on the windward points, I opted to beach my kayak on several of the islands in the area so I could fish without being blown out of range before the cast could land.


Lots of boats in the area, several were trolling for Kokanee, so there must have been some action in the deeper water off of Big Island.

I fished the small hummocks emerging out of the water between Oak Shores and Goat Island, crossed the deeper water to fish two of the larger bays of Big Island, then returned to Goat (after the wind died) to fish back through the hummocks and navigation hazards to the launch area.

No largemouth beds visible, no holding fish (guarding beds), four fish seen cruising the shallows on one side of a bay (shown on map in blue) on Big Island. No strikes and nothing left on …

Of the boat and bank fishermen seen, no fish were caught. Lots of boats roaring into the water nearby – and leaving just as quickly.

As expected for this time of year, there is no weed cover on the bottom. Lots of rocky areas but no additional cover to hold baitfish from predation – nor was any bait visible singly or in schools.

I covered a lot of water yesterday to ensure I eyeballed both shallow and deep areas for signs of fish. I covered the sandy and rocky bottoms, the shallow pitches as well as the deep drop-offs, and saw nothing of consequence.

“Bob Simms” of the Outdoor show appears to have echoed a similar experience for this Saturday’s broadcast (April 3rd). The commercial mentioned he blanked as well until late afternoon, then caught fish in 20 foot of water off the deeper drop offs … I’m sure he waked me several times yesterday –as the V8 crowd was quite restless.

I would guess the spawn has not started in earnest on the West Side of the lake. A combination of cold water temperatures (58-60), the lack of visible fish, and the absence of bed scars on the bottom – supports that conclusion … but in the end it is only a guess.

Thu, 01 Apr 2021 09:12:50 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Environment Sport Fishing Lake Berryessa Kayak Big Island Kayaking West Side Kokanee Fly Fishing Largemouth Bass Bass Fishing Goat Island Spawn Bob Simms Oak Shores Day Use Area Lake Berryessa Scout Trip Berryessa With
Net gains: how India trawlers’ plastic catch is helping to rebuild roads The waste caught by fishing boats used to be thrown back into the sea but in Kerala it is now turned into black gold

For years, plastic caught by fishing communities on the Kollam coast in India’s southern state of Kerala was thrown back into the water, damaging aquatic ecosystems and killing fish.

But fishers are spearheading an innovative initiative to clean up the ocean – along with their daily hauls of fish, they pull in and collect the waste that gets enmeshed in their nets.

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What's your favorite type of fly box?

Here is a poll for you. What's your favorite type of fly box for trout fishing? Not on the list below? Leave it in the comments. #trollpoll

— flyfishmagazine (@flyfishmagazine) March 31, 2021

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Wed, 31 Mar 2021 17:56:18 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Murdock
Seaspiracy: Netflix documentary accused of misrepresentation by participants NGOs and experts quoted in film say it contains ‘misleading’ claims, erroneous statistics and out-of-context interviews

A Netflix documentary about the impact of commercial fishing has attracted celebrity endorsements and plaudits from fans with its damning picture of the harm the industry does to ocean life. But NGOs, sustainability labels and experts quoted in Seaspiracy have accused the film-makers of making “misleading claims”, using out-of-context interviews and erroneous statistics.

Seaspiracy, made by the team behind the award-winning 2014 film Cowspiracy, which was backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, pours doubt on the idea of sustainable fishing, shines a spotlight on the aquaculture industry and introduces the notion of “blood shrimp”, seafood tainted with slave labour and human rights abuses.

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Platte Open And My Tackle Warehouse Open As Well It got to the mid 70's today.
2:30 Today Public Access Whitecaps were blowing across the lake as far as the eye could see to the North. There was an ice sheet out front of the access, but I'm pretty sure it got blown across the bay by the day's end. I didn't get out to check the access in the evening because of colonoscopy prep. I did confirm Jenny's was ice-free. Long was 50-60% ice-free. Bulldog and Rock were maybe 20% open. No clue about Sullivan   

In the afternoon I got the Trophy prepped to be vacuumed out and then opened the Tackle Warehouse when I came back home to start the prep. I should have gotten to lake place earlier today. Oh well. 

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Tue, 30 Mar 2021 00:54:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Fishing Jenny Sullivan Platte Ice Out My Tackle Warehouse Tackle Warehouse Opener Ice Out 2021
Why April is Really August This weekend was the first evidence of balmy Spring temperatures, and the tingle of my “Spidey-sense” warned me about fishing – as my beloved sleepy little Central Valley bass lakes were liable to be the focus of millions of Pandemic fatigued neo-outdoorsmen – and the tinkle of discarded beer bottles would be accompanied by the heady roar of bass boats and party barges.

I was so right.

… but I don’t begrudge my fellow man some much needed recreation, all of us have been penned up for several months, and a bit of beach, a scrap of blanket, and a dab of sunshine is welcome tonic.

What raised my eyebrows was the condition of the lakes and the low water levels.

Most of the lakes I visited this weekend are at August water levels, consistent with the lack of any measurable rainfall we’ve received this year. What remains of these impoundments will be drawn down further to feed the agricultural industry, and we’re likely to see many of these reservoirs at critical levels this year.

Fish don’t bite when water warms to bathtub temperatures, you need to get your lake fishing done early.

Assume the bass are in mid spawn already, assume any hatch or bug activity will be considerably earlier than normal (both for the year and for the day), and plan on unseasonably warm temperatures and lethargic fish.

The snowpack number is misleading. While the official level is 50-60% of normal, the water level received by the Central Valley and surrounding foothills is considerably less.

Many of the Central Valley impoundments store water for agriculture, and will be drawn down over the next several months to water crops. What remains will warm quickly as there is less breadth and depth and as warm water holds less oxygen than cold, the fish will be averse to getting off the sofa and chasing prey …

I visited the Oak Shores area of Berryessa and three of the five underwater “islands” between the park and Round Island were already visible above the water. I visited both ends of Indian Valley Reservoir and what’s normally a six mile long lake is only four miles long, so it’s lost about a third of its capacity.

Those of us carrying or pulling a kayak can assume any concrete ramp is mostly out of the water already, as was the case at Berryessa,  and you’ll have to find your own way to the water. At Oak Shores I had to roll my kayak an additional 50 yards past the concrete launch path – and coming back uphill required at least one pause to catch breath. I’d assume May will add an additional 50 yards to the journey, and the slope will soon be none too gentle ..

In short, start your lake fishing immediately. This is one of those years where the “schedule” will be thrown to the winds – and only the fellow that was here last week will have good intel on conditions.

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