With a frustrating and unsuccessful turkey season in the books, I decided it was time to get back to the fishing. The weather in Vermont had been about as predictable as the fishing. Last Sunday, we hit the water passing snow plows and wearing our Clam Blue Suits. This week we saw record setting temps getting up into the 90′s in some areas of Vermont. I decided to go and spend a few hours on a crappie pond to check and see where they were at with the spawn. The body of water isn’t very big and I was able to cover most of it in a short time. Last weekend we were experiencing water temps in the upper 50′s to lower 60′s but it was also snowing, on this particular morning, I arrived to a water temp of 71 at 6 am! What a difference a few days can make.
Being able to start fishing right at the launch I grabbed my bobber rod rigged with a Live Baby Shad by Lake Fork Trophy Lures and started to make some casts. My focus for the morning would be the shallows hoping to catch a few fish still in spawning pattern, targeting weed edges and wood. My first spot and also the most productive in the past was a bust, one small perch was all that I was able to get. I went to work searching. I was able to connect on one decent crappie along side a tree, but nothing after that. I made a big move and headed for the far side of the pond.
The shoreline on this part of the lake was similar in design but the drop off was a little steeper. I was able to locate a few fish but they were spread out for sure, no concentration. I would guess that the fish are at the tail end of their spawn with many having already done their business and had slid back into a little deeper water. All in all it was a good day on the water, any day on the water is a good day!