ANGLING TOWARD PARADISE and 2 More Short Stories
Michael Winge said that in Waycross area ponds, crappie were eating minnows and bream were eating crickets fished in the shallows. Mark, Krista, and Logan Youmans sent me the best saltwater report of the week. The whiting bite in the sounds should pick up during the next warm spell. Mike and Trish Wooten of St. Dead shrimp produced good numbers of whiting. A few sheepshead were caught on fiddler crabs fished by the pilings. You can monitor the marine forecast HERE. Bass fishing in area ponds will probably be the first bite to pick back up after the cold snap this week.
By Saturday, you should be able to catch bass and crappie around shallow shoreline cover, especially during the forecasted warm afternoon. In saltwater, sheepshead should bite fiddlers and whiting should eat shrimp on the bottom. The Okefenokee flier should start biting again late in the weekend and through next week with the warmer temperatures. There are several reasons for this optimism, but the primary reason is a truly magic number: Yep, 50, fif-teeee, five-oh.
That is the key water temperature to trigger many sport species, as they abandon their winter hibernations and head toward forage and dates. While we see some fish stirring a bit when winter water temps get above forty, that bite is still pretty slow. But when our streams and lakes hit 50 degrees and stay above that mark, springs magic happens!
First, we see the walleye run kick into high gear as they search for spawning mates in gravel river shoals, upstream from our stocked reservoirs. Second, aquatic insects start moving and hatching.
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Mountain trout, no longer glued to the bottom by icy water temperatures, run toward these extra groceries in the water column and on the water surface, as our first mayfly and caddis hatches of the season occur. Third, 50 degrees is a magic number for stripers and hybrids to start running the bank. But, as soon as the lakes warm back to fifty or higher, those stripers and hybrids return to the shallows. Beyond our warming waters, we have more great reasons for a great fishing season. We will still have to dodge our big, swollen rivers and some inundated and closed reservoir boat ramps, but angling opportunities still abound.
Second, our days are longer, with the sun now setting around PM. Fourth, our trout stocking trucks start rolling, big-time, this month.
Russian Fly Fishing
In my book, the next eight weeks are the best time of the year to wet a line in north Georgia waters. Are you ready?
Dig down a bit and discover all of the hidden treasure here. So there you go. Click once and catch a just a few, or click several times and fill your creel. Do you know there are two great Smokies websites that are updated often and contain intel of direct benefit to north GA trouters? While the Smokies are slightly taller and colder than north GA environs, their local fishing reports should only be a week or so behind our goings-on at lower, warmer elevations. Bluelines Warming Up : High elevation fans Splatek and RodneyT have been venturing uphill, into the national forest, on dry days and doing rather well.
Slower pools, which represent flood refuges during this high-flow season, have been the best bets. Hooch Tailwater : Brief window.
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Trout Fly Hatch Chart : Fly-flingers should remember this great reference as they plan their trips up to north GA trout waters. Stockers : Sign up to receive our Friday afternoon trout stocking reports via text or email. With March upon us, these weekly stocking lists will be much longer than the winter lists. This week of March 4, almost 19, stockers will head out from state and federal trout hatcheries and hit 35 different waterbodies. Despite the conditions, more than 2 dozen walleye were collected, indicating that the spawning run has begun.
But, we are probably still a week or two away from the peak of the spawning run. The fish collected here, along with others from other north Georgia lakes, will be spawned at the Go Fish Education Center to produce fingerlings for restocking. Stocking is now necessary to keep a fishable population of walleye at Blue Ridge.
While the fish are still a bit scattered and hard to catch, due to the high, muddy river flows, we had a good increase in our catch this week and were able to send our first batch of broodstock to the Go Fish Georgia hatchery in Perry. Walleye numbers on the spawning grounds should continue to increase over the next week or two as the waters warm up to fifty degrees or more. On Lanier, anglers should try the river reaches below Highway and around Belton Bridge.
For the mountain lakes that we stock with walleye, remember our walleye fishing guide. They usually come upstream after the walleyes. Here are some real fresh reports from Jim and John. Lanier Whopper Trout : Yes, a trout!
Winter in Paradise
My work week brightened up early Monday morning when Brooke and Landon toted a large cooler into our region office. Felt like a brick wall. I tucked up against a wall. I remember kneeling on the sand and [the ledge] came up to just over waist height. I was really puffing hard, breathing like a steam train, beginning to hyperventilate. I remember hearing my heart banging.
Banging away, banging away. You think to yourself you [will die] unless you try and work out how you are going to get out of this. I managed to slow [my breathing] down, checked my gear was OK, keeping an eye on the shark.
Still had plenty of air. It went away into the gloom. Next thing it came flying across the reef at me. I saw it come in and out of the gloom. Then it charged. It ran me down like a car. It was like a dart. The distance would have been 15 to 20 metres and it covered that in a couple of seconds. I had just enough time to lift my spear gun and try to fend it off. It went straight over my head.
It would have been one metre above me. The girth of the thing. Like a car going over. Absolutely massive. Returning to the cover of the reef ledge, he noticed he was bleeding badly and visibility was diminishing. Blood was making the water shimmery. At that stage I was feeling woozy, beginning to fade. The shark charged again. It [got to] within a couple of metres and all of a sudden it did a shimmy in the water, turned its tail and took off.
The speed of the thing!