In the past few weeks we have had a lot of crazy weather — everything from snow and ice storms to flooding rain. During and after all of this the lakes and rivers will get high and muddy and stay that way for some time.
When this happens this time of year it can really make fishing very difficult, but in most areas the waters have returned to more normal levels and have a much healthier color. This will help to get fishing better on most lakes and rivers.
Early spring fishing is just around the corner and I know a lot of anglers, including myself, consider this the beginning of a new fishing season. I always like to start off the first thing in the spring with some crappie fishing in and around deeper wood cover in and around some of the creeks and backwater areas. I have done this for years and always seem to have a good trip.
At this time of year it is hard to beat a good, lively minnow on light line under a bobber around 4 to 6 feet deep around some type of wood cover or even a boat dock. Both of these are great places to look for early spring crappie.
Then just a few weeks later, largemouth bass will be in a pre spawn pattern and looking for bedding areas in shallow water areas close to banks and in the backs of coves and hollows.
All of this will be coming soon and fishing will be good again.