The perch bite everyone has been waiting for has finally kicked in.
Water temperatures as of Tuesday April 16th were hovering near 45 degrees. This is just warm enough to activate them. I had to work hard to catch what I did. I didn’t catch but 4 or 5 fish that I thought were too small to fillet. Most of them were large males with a few jumbo females.
They wanted a relatively small presentation with our “smile” set up working better than a fuzz bug or perch fly. Pink on the hooks and bottom weight was a plus. Night crawlers were more productive than cut perch although chumming with small pieces of perch seemed to keep the fish close to the boat.
Predicted warmer temperatures should make for more active fish.
The best way to insure a continued supply of large perch is to put a lot of fishing pressure on them. The thousands of perch harvested from East Bay ever the last 4 or 5 years have been the best management for a continuing great fishery.
If we get some descent warm spring days in the next couple of week and water temperatures over 50 degrees. There will be some small mouth activity as well as in East Bay.
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