The two-day unseasonably warm spell ended today! The air temperatures dropped from 45°F at 8am to the upper 30s in a few hours while we fished! Overcast and cold, drizzling rain were the order of the day. A couple times I swear the rain turned to sleet in the afternoon. Water temperatures stood steady at 38°F and the water clarity was nice at about 4’. This was the first day of a predicted freeze that ended that night with snow and freezing rain.
Last February accounted for more 20” river smallmouth in my trip report log than any month so far this year. I expect December to beat it. The pattern that works for so many big river smallmouth? To tell you “suspending jerkbaits over ledge trenches” would only tell you about 30% of the story. The other 70% - the important part - is how long between jerks. To be honest, unless the water is fairly stained, the jerks are inconsequential.
The Live Fall Tournament hosted by the Tennessee Kayak Anglers will be held on Saturday September 28, 2013 at Williamsport Lakes. This is a complex containing several lakes. A mandatory captains meeting will be held at 7:00am at the picnic shelter near the ramp on Shellcracker Lake. The tournament will start at 8:00am, with photo turn-in at 2:00pm at the picnic shelter near the ramp on Shellcracker Lake.
With an incredibly warm November there was an urge to keep getting outdoors and fish rather than storing equipment for the winter. The drought stricken lakes and ponds are still very fishable but most structure is above the water line these days. The fish seem to be hunkering around anything they can find for a winter roost and once the fishermen locate them it’s harvest time! It takes much more patience this time of year when retrieving the lure of choice. Although the days are “balmy” and warm the water has cooled with the nighttime drops in temperature to the low 30’s most of the time. A very slow retrieval will trigger an occasional fish to take a chance.
It had been a day short of two weeks since I dipped my paddle or played a fish on the end of my line. Unfortunately, a trip to the salt which I've yearned for even longer was not in the cards. With the weather forecast being as useful as a magic 8-ball, I stuck close to home. The river welcomed me with a plethora of opportunities spanning a full spectrum of presentations to match the appetite of several species.
My last two trips have been very tough due to cold temperatures and strong winds. These are conditions a lot of kayak fisherman try to avoid; I've been guilty of this myself. High winds definitely annoy me more than cold temperatures. Wind can really limit your presentations and make it next to impossible to keep boat position.
This adventure started with the concept of renting a couple of Kayaks in the Detroit Lakes, Minnesota area. The local marina had already started the process to dismantle the marina for the winter on Little Detroit Lake. So some serious internet searching for available rentals for mid-October had to be done.
Having grown up on Lake George this lake will always be a magical place in my mind. However, unlike so many childhood memories that rarely meet expectations when you try to relive them, Lake George has actually exceeded mine. Having spent time kayak fishing on this lake for the majority of the last 30 summers I have been able to watch this fishery and lake recover from overuse and in some cases abuse.
This past weekend Adam and I decided to fish Floyds Fork a tributary of the Salt River. Joining us was Adams buddy Kevin who had never fished from a kayak before. Our last time on the Fork wasn’t our best trip of the year; but was filled with excitement, some lost gear, and the realization that an Ocean Kayak Trident 13 isn’t the most nimble kayak in tight spaces…
What do these four things have in common? Well...I don't know because i'm just a dumb kayak fisherman...not a philosopher
Thanks to a fellow winco's pro-staffer I located a "new to me" warm water discharge and hit the Susquehanna River this past Saturday in search of smallmouth bass.