Catching Spring Largemouth Bass Lunkers

 Posted by on April 26, 2016 at 10:20 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Apr 262016
 
Largemouth bass on a bunny leech fly

Largemouth bass on a red bead bunny leech fly

With the recent springtime temperatures, the lake waters are warming up stirring renewed life among its creatures. As water temperatures reach the 50s, largemouth bass will emerge from deeper waters and start cruising the shallows in search of spawning locations. These sites are typically near rocks, logs, and other bottom structure.

On a perfect sunny day this weekend on a local lake, I met a springtime bass in spawning mode. Stripping a big white bunny leech with a red bead in about five feet of water, my line was suddenly slammed and the fight was on. I knew it was big by its spunk. It was patiently coaxed to my net and realized it was clearly a personal best at 15 inches! And it was fat. Spring is the best time to catch largemouth lunkers so now is the time to take off from work early and go bass’in.

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Fly Fishing Montana’s Kootenay River

 Posted by on April 10, 2016 at 7:47 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Apr 102016
 
Fly fishing the Kootenay River, Montana

Fly fishing the Kootenay River, Montana

A friend and I had the privilege of fly fishing the Kootenay River in northwestern Montana last weekend. The Kootenay, a freestone river, has decent numbers of cutthroats, rainbows and bull trout. Most of the river is big water with strong, swift current at this time of the year, so it’s not a particularly friendly fishery for fly fishermen.  But several fishable riffles and eddies can be accessed from the bank or by wading in shallow water. In April, the weather is still pretty cool and unpredictable with the temperature dropping to the 30s each night but the sun warmed up the day reliably. The fishing itself was not great but the scenery was fantastic.  The blue-green waters of the Kootenay were encased by rugged, rocky canyons bursting with evergreens. If you go, you’ll need to bring a supply of patience, an appreciation of gorgeous scenery, and a warm sleeping bag.

Classic Kootenay River scenery

Classic Kootenay River scenery

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