There have been six of them in a row. I have been out for the
past two weeks (this is May 25, 2007) and the fish have not
cooperated. I have fished a variety of flies at various depths
I have been fishing at the same places where I have caught fish
before. I will admit that I have seen two fish following the
flies and have had a few hits that I did not hook anything on.
I did hook one crappie, but it was off almost as quick as it
was on the hook, but long enough to see what it was.
I am not the only person who is having difficulty at the lake.
I have had several other fishermen stop me at the lake or call
me to see if I have been catching fish. I have watched other
folks use all sort of artificials and they are not catching
anything. There were even two boatloads of folks using minnows
and they were not catching anything.
Usually by this time of year the crappie are right up against
the shore. Joe Hyde has been here and seen the way they stack
in against the shoreline. I have yet to see any crappie that
close to shore this year.
Over the six noon hours I have used every one of my favorite
crappie flies. In fact I have used more than that. I have
tried the boa yarn leeches in a variety of colors. I have
used several types of nymphs. I hate to admit it, but I put
on "ole reliable" and had no luck.
This just makes me more determined to figure out what to do
to catch those fish. I am supposed to have a larger brain
than they do. Some of it may be the cold fronts that we
keep having come through here. Another thing may be the
amount of mud that has been washed in by the rains.
We are not getting the gentle rains, but the "frog stranglers"
that dump a couple of inches in an hour or so. Then the wind
blows so the water is constantly stirred up. Many times it
is blowing from 25 to 30 mph. Not the best of times to be
trying to cast into the wind.
I guess I will need to make a fish in and get lessons from
our FAOL hosts. They have no idea what a great challenge
that would be to them.
I just received a phone call from a fisherman that had been
out in a boat. The schools of crappie appear to be suspending
from 14 to 18 feet deep over water that is from 20 to 25 feet
deep. He had checked several places in the lake and that is
true wherever he checked. I am not sure why the crappie are
doing that, but is why it is called fishing and not catching.
I will eventually succeed in catching a fish over my lunch
hour. Hope you can get out on the water. ~ Rick