Well, if you don't already know, the East Coast and Mid Atlantic states have had record high temperatures the past 4 days with many areas seeing hot, low 90's F which has shot the water temps well into the low 70's. As a result, in many small ponds and lakes the bluegills have actually gone on bed and the fishing has been big time!
I have kept records over the years and in most seasons, Mason Dixon area lakes will see gills spawn some where around the last week of May to the first week of June. This is only the second time I have observed spawning gills in April in my region, and this is the earliest...April 25...that I have recorded.
With all that, we hit a couple of our favorite ponds and caught a heap of fish, almost all males, and in good, robust condition that ran from 7 to almost 9 inches. After viewing Bill' Musky Mods' fried fish on a platter, I just had to keep some, and that's exactly what we did Sunday after church in the 90 degree heat. We caught some on jigs but most on bobber and worm rigs as we let the wind blow the offering over the bedding areas.
In the mix were several nice largemouths that ran up to a little over 4 pounds...nice bonus on the ul gear. Colder, more seasonal weather is predicted by midweek with temps in the 60's w/ rain. I anticipate that spawning fish will drop back and then resume when the weather heats up again.
No hawgs over 10 in yet...but great eating fish.
Is anybody else out there catching spawning fish, and where, and on what?