I know you tune in here for all the latest of whatever so it's that time again for the latest fishing report. Your forecasters for this report were me of course, Cathy, my cousin Beverly and her husband Donnie. Evidence points to great thing expected for spring cat fishing.
Another sundown on big Sam. We came home and fried up our dinner and put a about 3 pounds in the freezer for later.
The day began slow with us trying several places before returning to the place that has produced many good sprig bites. We call it the place. Normally about 5' deep or less the place ranges 10-15 feet right now after all the recent rains. Lake is very high and the public boat ramp at Hank's creek is closed. They will let you launch at the camping ramp if you have an annual permit for U.S. Forest service ramps.
Here's the fashion model sunglasses on the head shot. Don't let it fool you. This girl thrashes the water to a froth with the best of them. We had a lot of throw backs of small fish but we ended up with 22 keepers. All the throw backs (probably male fish) and only finding one female fish with eggs indicate that the bigger females are yet to move into shallow water. With the water high looks like a good year for fish reproduction in an already fish rich ecosystem.
Donnie gets on the score board. That's his first fish on one of our trips. Donnie is a boater/skier, not necessarily a fisherman which is what makes this noteworthy. He caught two.
Lots of spring sights on the lake. Here is a flock of water turkeys heading to roost as the round a point and fly past us. There were hundreds of birds in this flock. It's another indicator of the health of this lake. These birds eat a lot of fish and I'm guessing several pounds a day. I wish I had timed the amount it took this flight to pass to be able to give some meaning to the number of birds. We also saw one osprey pair and several nests.