I shore fished a local peat bog near my home in Everett for a couple of hours this evening, hoping to get a peck from an early season crappie or pumpkinseed. Working a worm tipped jig-n-float rig around the just-emerging lily pads produced nothing , and although visibility was good, I saw not one fish. I switched up to a small Rapala floater and cast it SLOW in the sun warmed shallows, where eventually a decent sized Largemouth decided to take a whack at it. I had my hands full for a minute , on my 4# ultralight crappie rod , trying to steer that bass around all the snags and weeds. He finally gave a mighty leap and spit that tiny Rapala out on the way down. It was pretty fun stuff , but I was really hoping for a slab crappie or two. Good news is, if the bass are waking up, the crappies , sunfish, and perch will be showing up soon as well.
Tomorrow it's kokanee at Stevens, and we'll probably spend an hour or two slow-draggin' carolina rigs and jigs for Smallies, too. Looks like perfect weather is on tap , should be a great day on the water (fingers crossed).
Take what fish you can use, but use what fish you take !