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Re: Pre spawn is on
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How has high water affected early pre-spawn bass fishing? The bass are moving into slack water near shore or spawning gravel anyway. Dark or "pushy" flies are usually indicated for muddy water.
Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated.


The main issue is whether temps are dropping and this time of year a big shot of water usually implies dropping temps. Unfortunately, I'd expect bass fishing to slow down significantly for the next week or two based on the amount of water on the landscape and the forecast for continued colder weather. The fish will probably still be in the eddies but with significantly higher levels, many of these spots will be hard to get to as the water will be up in the shoreline trees.

If you know of a medium sized creek that hold early season SMBs that might be a better bet as we wait for levels on the big rivers to subside and for a return of warmer, more stable weather.

With respect to flies for muddy water, I'd go a bit bigger, heavier, and darker, with emphasis on heavier as you really want to get down and fish slowly. A fast sinking line will help too, if there's room to backcast. I find roll casting is much easier with a floating line and, with overhead tree cover along the shorelines I fish this time of year, I find roll casting is often required.

Dang rain - just when things were looking up...

Posted on: 3/21 20:19


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No doubt ^

It's really a shame and hard to believe the high water conditions continue on and on and on for so long.

Hopefully the flow will return to normal and we can have flows conducive to successful spawning in the critical spring and early summer period.

As well, levels and clarity in the summer and fall that allow us to actually do some smallie fishin' in the rivers and streams this year.

To add to DaveW's message above, I recommend anglers stay away from the big rivers and streams when they are bank full and raging. It's downright dangerous to be on the banks under those conditions. It's got to settle down some time soon...

Posted on: 3/22 7:50


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We (just north of Scranton) got 4-5" of wet snow late last night and this morning. I shoveled the freaking driveway so my wife could try driving to work, only to get stuck 1/2 mile form home. So I walked to her with a shovel and she came back home. There were a few accidents on I-81 near my exit. Crappy morning (and not in a good way....a pun only an angler would get).

The river should crest as the small to mid-size streams are falling.

Lows of 20 and 16 Monday and Tuesday, respectively (!). My spring flowers are just teasing me.

The 28th thru the 31st are supposed to be mid-50s to mid-60s. Hope springs eternal (2nd pun also intended).

My "dad humor" increases in proportion to my fishing frustration. Example: What do you call a chicken that becomes a ghost?

A Poultry-geist.

Guys, it's getting bad....really bad!


Posted on: 3/22 17:47
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Re: Pre spawn is on
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We (just north of Scranton) got 4-5" of wet snow late last night and this morning. I shoveled the freaking driveway so my wife could try driving to work, only to get stuck 1/2 mile form home. So I walked to her with a shovel and she came back home. There were a few accidents on I-81 near my exit. Crappy morning (and not in a good way....a pun only an angler would get).

The river should crest as the small to mid-size streams are falling.

Lows of 20 and 16 Monday and Tuesday, respectively (!). My spring flowers are just teasing me.

The 28th thru the 31st are supposed to be mid-50s to mid-60s. Hope springs eternal (2nd pun also intended).

My "dad humor" increases in proportion to my fishing frustration. Example: What do you call a chicken that becomes a ghost?

A Poultry-geist.

Guys, it's getting bad....really bad!



I hear yuh man. It's frustrating. The Warm Water Insurgents are getting surly.

With this weather we may even have to stoop to the low levels where we were so much of last year. . . and go slink off to a trout stream.

Posted on: 3/22 18:03


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Between the hugh waters last year and this....


Fantasy and visualizing only go so far.

Posted on: 3/22 22:25
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I've gotten into some really nice fish the last few days in the tribs. This is absolutely my favorite time of the year.

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Just when things were looking good....boom.... flooding. There's no way possible it can be like last year, can it? LoL

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Definitely disappointing as rain falls at my place right now

Posted on: 4/16 18:27


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Just when things were looking good....boom.... flooding. There's no way possible it can be like last year, can it? LoL


Andy not to late to get in on this snakehead thing I don't ever have to count on flows .

Posted on: 4/17 6:28


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Blown out for 3 more weeks..... minimum. Any stocked goldfish ponds around here?

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Just when things were looking good....boom.... flooding. There's no way possible it can be like last year, can it? LoL




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If this is going to be the new normal I don't think I'll be able to adapt

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Listen to Gunny Highway

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I've caught some nice walleye while going after smallmouth this spring all on white / olive clousers
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