Cabin fever, not for me.

by Creekyknees Email

Cabin fever, why?

I've heard people complain about cabin fever this time of year. Either ice fishing doesn't appeal to them or it just doesn't give them the same bang as casting and feeling their lure working in the current. They have rearranged their tackle, watched fishing shows on TV and walked the aisles of the tackle store and yet they still jones for that fishing buzz.

The lakes are froze over and besides it's too cold to fish. Bullspit. Why not get out on your local river and wet a line. As a good friend of mine quipped, "The fish are already cold and wet," You, of course, want to stay dry and the dealing with the cold is mostly mental and dressing right.

Many rivers have treatment plants that put warmer water in all winter and stay open.  On others inflows such as drain pipes, storm sewer pipes or tributaries contribute warmer water that give you fishable water. If the weather doesn't get too cold, the nature of moving water keeps rivers open.

I was out today on a local river and picked up 2 smallies and 1 walleye. Even though most of the shore was rimmed with ice, I found enough fishable water to make a day of it. I still have enough places left to make a day of it tomorrow as well. Maybe you should quit complaining about cabin fever and get on out there.

Peace be unto you.






Comment from: Creekyknees [Member] Email
I have decided to spend as much time as possible before radiation/chemo kicks my ass exploring the upper reaches of the tribs to my river . I plan on venturing into the tribs of the tribs when time, circumstances and access points allow .

I will be fishing above where the branches of the creek split and up stream . No fishing in the main stem but if a trib flows into the main stem it's fair game .

If the creek does not split into branches it will be a judgement call based on gut instinct where to start . Not real scientific but I have learned to trust my gut instinct over these decades .

From What I have learned so far hip boots are all I need . If I get into knee deep water without fishing it first , I blew that spot . If I get into water deeper than my hip boots I am standing where I should be fishing and have really screwed the pooch .

I also don't expect to catch a lot of huge fish , at least that has not been the case so far . I have adjusted my gear to match the conditions . A 5 ft 6 inch 2 piece ultra lite spin with a 10/100 reel and 6 lb test will be the primary combo .

Back up will be a 7 ft two piece lite action spin with a 20/200 reel and 8 lb test . I may be tempted to take one of my ancient 12 ft 1 piece cane poles down and string it up . The only problem with that is getting to the water without it getting broke .

Depending on how creative I want to get tackle wise I will be going from what fits in a couple of shirt pockets to a small over the shoulder bag .

I am not quite sure which direction this will go , or if it ever will ever have a coherent direction . It may well be a hodgepodge of observations , fishing tips on what did and did not work and flat out musings , odd thoughts or whatever strikes my fancy .

So put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip and come on to the mother ship . The long, strange trip continues .
07/07/17 @ 21:22
Comment from: Creekyknees [Member] Email
Short trip due to DR'S and such today . I scouted the stretch first from shore and saw the fish were moving down stream and back up stream in what seemed to be a defined territory .

I could see why they chose the up stream limits as there was a good sized drain that brings water in from a retention pond that is feed by an intermittent stream draining a sub division .

The downstream limits were the same conditions below where they stopped as it was above the stopping point . About a foot or so deep, intermittent weed patches covered in algae on a bottom more sandy than rocky .

I started at the down stream end throwing 1/16 oz beetle spins into the lanes twixt the weed patches . Once I reached the end of my casting limits I got back up on shore as I figured that wading into their territory while they were in an obvious search pattern would only spook them .

From up on shore I used a 1/6 oz jig with a one inch twister to bounce down stream thru the lanes twixt the weeds until the line fouled on a weed clump . I would reel in to pick the green and move to another spot where making such casts were possible .

Once I got above the drain , I got back in the water and cast the jig downstream into the area around the drain .

The drain area was the most productive , casting up from the down stream edge was next . The casting from shore was the least productive due to the limitations in casting and drifting among the many weed clumps .

Some smallmouth bass, some rock bass , a couple sunnies and one creek chub .

After spending some time thinking about the down stream limit the fish chose , I still have not come up with a reason that makes sense to me . Maybe they have learned that going further expends more energy than is returned for the effort . Maybe it had something to due with the changes from overcast and light rain to partly cloudy and back again .
07/07/17 @ 21:24

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