Is it too early to catch Largemouth Bass in South Eastern Pennsylvania? This morning Jeff and I went to one of our secrets spots to try our luck and see if we couldn’t scare up a few Largemouth Bass.
After all of the shoulder to shoulder fishing traffic of opening day, we decided that we would rather attempt to catch dormant Largemouth Bass than deal with the over fishing currently going on in stocked streams.
- We fished from dawn 6:30am – 10:30am
- Air temperature 47-56*F
- Cloudy with light 2-5mph wind
- Water temperature 54*F
- Water clarity slightly cloudy due to recent rain
- Water level was high
The secret fishing spot while usually over-run with weeds is fairly clear at this time of year. This was the first time we have used the depth finder at the secret spot and it was interesting to see that a lot of our assumptions about the depth of the lake were wrong. We always thought that the center of the lake was the deepest part however after cruising around we discovered that the outside edges of the lake are actually the deep points. The deepest part of this lake is only about 7ft with a majority being 5ft or less.
During the summer months we usually fish the vegetation around the edges of the lake. The lily pads and channels between submerged vegetation usually land us a few nice sized Largemouth bass, bluegill, and the occasional Crappie.
Let’s just say it’s still a little cold for warm water fish…
Well, here’s my Bluegill. This is the only fish we were able to land today. I caught him on a Rapala 2-1/2″ Husky Jerk in Silver. We were getting some short strikes on the top of the water and at one point Jeff had something sizable on his line but it didn’t make it to the boat. We tried slinging some plastics and even an inline spinner but my Husky Jerk and Jeff’s Original Floater were the only lures that caused any sort of reaction from the sluggish fish.
At this point in the year I’m pretty sure we’d have better luck fishing in the evening after the water has had a chance to warm up a few degrees. It seems like the Bluegills are becoming more and more active and a few weeks from now it should be back to business as usual. +1 for the fish count!
One Bluegill beats the skunk any day!
How’s the fishing in your neck of the woods? Catch anything? Let us know in the comments below!