Barbs and Backlashes

Go Fish, NOW! (May 2010) by whitetips
May 21, 2010, 11:35 am
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I fish 12 months out of the year, but I will tell you that spring is not my favorite time of the year to fish.  I know that is a shocking statement because everyone is chomping at the bit to get out and fish once spring rolls around.  I am too, but over the years I have found I have better success during other parts of the year.  Part of the reason for that is the behavior of many fish is influenced by spawning during the spring and that can actually make the fish harder to catch as they are less interested in feeding and more interested in other things during the spawn.  Another huge reason I prefer to fish at other times of the year is the schizophrenic weather we experience in the spring.  If you get a few days of stable, warming weather during the spring the fishing can take off, but just about the time you get onto some great fishing another spring cold front blows through and shuts ’em down.  Just last week there was snow in western Nebraska again this spring, and this has been a typical Nebraska spring of “up and down” weather.  Fishing reports throughout the state have reflected that.

If you have been a regular reader of my blog, you know that I do not have much use for the typical “outdoor report”, .  My biggest reason for that is that is yesterday’s information; just because someone caught fish at a certain spot on a certain bait yesterday does not necessarily mean they are going to be caught there again tomorrow or next week.  My goal is to try to anticipate and predict prime times; that way an angler can take advantage of the best bites at the best times instead of showing up to hear “you shoulda been here yesterday!”

So, if you are still reading, listen up . . .

I am telling you, that the time is NOW!

Once we get into late May, the weather is usually a little more stable and the fishing begins to become more dependable.  Right now is one of the best times of the year to fish a variety of waters across Nebraska for a variety of species.  I am looking ahead a few days at the weather forecasts and it looks like we are going to have a period of days of relatively stable, warming weather, and I am predicting that will mean some great fishing in the days ahead.  If you do not know where to go, you have probably heard me refer to this so many times you are sick of it, but look here for some of the best waters in the state for a variety of species of fish, .  Look for one of the best waters for your favorite species and chances are good there will be some good fishing there in the next week and maybe longer.  If you need some more ideas you can go back and see I had a similar blog post last year about this time, .

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I know what you mean about this quirky spring fishing weather. Sunday when wind died down a little, we were catching good size bass and bullheads on worms with a bobber. If only the size limit wasn’t 21 inches, they were heavy and round and oh what a fight! Small lakes around Fillmore county seem to do just fine for us!

Comment by Lori Waiss

“If only the size limit wasn’t 21 inches,” Sounds to me like the size limit was doing exactly what it was intended to do–provide some quality fish for you to catch!

Daryl B.

Comment by whitetips

You are absolutely right Daryl…Been getting blue cats constantly at a couple of the area lakes here the last few days.

Comment by Mel W.

[…] a week ago I mentioned that we were entering one of the best periods of the year to go fishing, .  Well how about it?  Since last Wednesday I have fished at least a little bit 5 of the last 6 […]

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