Friday evening, 3/27
My partner and I put in at Jefferson Springs again yesterday afternoon and headed under the J. Pike bridge. I wasn’t expecting much action after the cool down, but an afternoon fishing is better that sitting at home. We stopped on the same flat as Wednesday and started throwing jigs and C rigs. We picked up 2 short fish and 1 keeper. With a rain shower moving in, I had forgotten my jacket in the truck so we headed back to the ramp.
After the heaviest rain had moved out, we saddled up and endured the cold windy ride into Spring Creek. We started on the right bank across from the green buoy going in. My partner began putting on a fishing clinic with a trap. He boated 5 fish before I could get one bite. We probably caught 10 fish around that bank with 3-4 keepers and the rest were Priest Specials (14 3/4″). We jumped across to the small island on the other side of the channel and the bite continued…for my partner. He caught 4-5 more with a couple of keepers. While fishing that island he got to see his first bald eagle in the wild. One immature eagle came in and landed in a tree on the back side of the island while we fished around the front side.
We then moved into the large cove across from the green buoy and continued boating fish..most were specials, but still fun to catch. We picked up 6-7 more in that cove…all on traps. It was getting close to quitting time, but I wanted to hit that first stretch of bank again, so we trolled over. First cast resulted in a shorty. We caught 5-6 more on that pass with a couple more keepers. We saddled up and headed home after that.
For the conditions, I was pleasantly surprised but I guess they went into an evening feeding frenzy. We boated about 25 fish with 10 -12 being keepers. Nothing really big but probably a best 5 of 12 pounds.
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