The worst case scenario came along today with a major cold front having passed thru our area last night dropping the temps by at least 35 degrees from yesterday afternoon. I got up early and checked the weather report and it didn't look good and then I heard the wind howling. The van was packed last night so I figured what the heck its only 11 miles, go try it. Soooooo.......
First cast this morning was a nice 11" black crappie. And then the fun started. For an hour and 15 minutes it was either a catch or a fish on every cast. Absolutely nuts because the weather in any other situation would have the fish down deep and negative in 44 degree water. I don't know why, but they were absolutely on fire for that short window that I was fishing and I was shore fishing to boot. At 8:00 I went five consecutive casts without a hit and that started the shut down. When they turned off, it was like right now. I tried deeper and higher up in the water column. I popped the float off and tried faster retrieve. Color and bait profile changes...nothing would seem to re-excite them. It all ended as fast as it started, but that's just the nature of the beast in this region at this time of year and while dealing with very cold water. The ice in the guides was a constant reminder that its still early in the season.
I did get dinner for this Good Friday though! I got one 9" sunfish which is a fluke given the water temperature. I had two different smallies hit and both managed to part company with my jigs in their chops. It was a short trip but a productive trip. Gotta love it when things come together when the elements say otherwise. Sure glad I didn't just go back to bed this morning!
Here's a pic of the 10 I kept. They're in a 8 gallon garden bucket and the 1.5" Thump It sits on one for size comparison. Nice fish this morning.