4/11 Tough conditions continued yesterday and into this morning. I have had a bunch of phone calls about the crappies. Here's the bad news- water temperatures plummetted this weekend down to 39-41. Few people fished, and those that did, found a extremely slow, tough bite. The good news? Well, it looks like a week of warm weather is on its way. If we get a week stretch of good weather, followed by a more 'typical' spring, we should see the bite start picking up soon (again).
One customer asked me this morning, what I thought the 'target date' would be for the crappies this year. With this fluctuating weather pattern we're experiencing, I think it would be foolish to make a pediction until we see what happens this weekend with the weather. The long term forecast has been quite unreliable thus far. That being said, this cold snap should have pushed the fish into more normal spring patterns, meaning the peak of the crappie spawn should start around the first week of May. If we can maintain good temperatures and good water levels, we should see the bite pick up next week, and fish starting to move towards the spawning grounds by the end of the month. Again, this is completely dependent on warmer, stable weather. Check back often for updates. As soon as we see some fish activity, it will be posted here.
Finally, CV bass league held their last tournament, before bass season closes, on Cowanesque yesterday. Anglers fought below freezing conditions all day, and managed few bites, but some nice bass were weighed in. Lunker was 5.5 lbs! Jigs, dropshots, and jerkbaits were working. Slow down till the water warms up!
Hopefully we'll have better things to report by the end of the week. It looks like its going to be an awesome day for opening day of trout season!