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Can any of you NH boys tell me what water temps are in the 1st/2nd week of May up there?  I want to fish Squam lake around that time.

 

Thanks for your help.

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Took the Ranger 'over the bridge' yesterday and fished in Sandwich.  I could never get any groove going, didn't mark much more than some perch and the odd blip on the bottom, and lost interest after just a couple hours.  My first goose-egg this year.

 

Water temps were 37 degrees. 

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Any of you guys ever try using an ice rod and jigging for bass? I feel like I do better through the ice with tiny little swedish pimples than I ever do open water in the cold months haha. 

 

It amazes me how subtle the ice jigging bite can be. It's almost all visual for me I rarely actually feel the bite, just the rod tip deflection.

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On 1/26/2024 at 3:10 PM, MassYak85 said:

Any of you guys ever try using an ice rod and jigging for bass?

I've tried it a couple times with a Rapala Jigging Rap, but not a 'regular' jig.  I've only gone ice fishing a few times and am still waiting for my first catch.

 

I went to Sandwich with the Ranger again today, hoping to make up for yesterday.... NOPE.  Even though the forecast said high 30s - low 40s, the wind and cloud cover was enough to freeze me out in less than two hours.  My layers and Milwaukee heated jacket just didn't do it.  My hands were numb after an hour and my gloves turned out useless.

 

I marked a few fish on bottom in the 25 - 30' range where there was some leftover grass.   Water temps were 37.7 today.  Air pressure was 30.2.

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I checked off February this afternoon with a nice 2_4 SMB, on a gold tail-spin at my favorite Plymouth kettle hole.  I also threw a T-rigged swim Senko, black/blue jig, V110jr+1, small   & large Keitech, and a Damiki blade bait.  

 

Water temps were 38.x.  It was cloudy, with little wind, and an air pressure of 29.8.

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Got out for an hour after work the last two days, took advantage of the dropping water levels to wade.  Ice is on its way out around here; the difference between yesterday and today was pretty drastic.  Found out my waders are still leaking which if I had remembered to seal them would have helped.  
 

Yesterday I found a pile of trout that really wanted a jerkbait.  Today I could fish a few more areas with the ice disappearing, managed a couple of small bass on a jerkbait.   So I have my February bass on the board.  Hopefully the groundhog was right and we get an early spring

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Leaky waders in the winter! Can't say that I miss that being down here in FL. I did years of wading and never found waders that didn't develop leaks. I'm sure it is by design. lol  I did find that Aquaseal works prettygood.  At least you found some fish.  

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@Mr. Aquarium and I tried to take advantage of yesterday's good weather.  All the waters we drove buy were skimmed over until I got to south Plymouth, almost to the Sagamore Bridge....  Mike met me at the ramp and we did our best until the cold and 12mph wind froze us to the bone... 

 

Our few marks were stuck to the bottom in 20-25'.  We threw the 'normal' winter assortment.  There were two other boats fishing too.  Water temps were 27.x - 38.x and air pressure was 29.7.  Needless to say we came up empty.

 

It was 15 degrees warmer than Plymouth when I got home...  welcome to New England!

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I didn’t get to get out and enjoy the nice weather yesterday, but I was able to sneak out for an hour before sunset this afternoon.  Found fish on the transition from 10’-15’ to 5’ with a jerkbait, which worked well as I was wading.  Managed 3 pickerel, 1 slab crappie, and 4 bass that ranged from 2.4 to 4.6lbs.  They were definitely energized by the warmer temps.  The 4.6 jumped out of the water when I hooked it, better then the frozen no fight fish from earlier this month.  Of course winter is coming back this week so who knows how the rest of the month will go.

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Drove over 'the bridge' to Sandwich in search of bass.  I may as well have left my Lowrance off - I had 'clear screen' while shallow, deep, and everything in between.  My blade bait, jig, small Keitech, swim Senko, and Tactical DD crank proved useless.  Late in the afternoon I managed two picks, 3.64 and 2.24 respectively, while dragging an American Shad LV500 up a hill in about 20'.

 

Water temps were 37.9, air pressure was 29.8.  It was overcast and winds were about 10 mph from the west.  

 

@ne_dan - a 4.6# bass came out of the water?!?!?!?  And you were in Massachusetts !?!?!?!?.  Congrats!

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I drove by Ponkapoag & Blue Hills reservoir while doing errands. 

 

Ponkie was WIDE open and BHR had some ice along the Western bank, but was 80% open otherwise.

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Drove by Sunset Lake in Braintree yesterday.  It's 30% iced over on the NE side.  It's 23* this morning, hopefully we won't get completely locked out.

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12 hours ago, DogBone_384 said:

n Br

I used to fish this lake a bunch until a lot of people there couldn't answer how they were doing when I asked about the fishing, but instead showed me a cooler full of fish of all species and sizes - often illegal.

 

The lake was dead for Mad long

 

Have you had luck the past couple years?

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I fished on the Cape with @Saltysmalljaws on Monday.  We ground it out all day.  I skunked, but Jake caught five or six big smallies, with the biggest just over 4 1/2 pounds.  Winds were tough, but a day's fishing is a day's fishing.  Water temperature was 38.x and air pressure was 30. 

 

I returned to the same water Tuesday morning looking for some redemption.  I managed 1 decent 2 1/2 pound smallie on the same Damiki blade bait, in the same location as  Monday.  Go figure.  I moved over to another pond I generally do pretty well at, but after 4 hours of marking 1 or 2 fish 'here and there'  and unable to connect, I called it a day.  Water temps at here were 39.x.

 

I also saw two bald eagles.  I'm heading back to Cape Cod March 10th for a couple days.  I think I'm going to leave the Ranger home and bring my kayak.  I can hit more ponds, increasing my odds.

 

I'm going to see @Fishing Rhino on Friday to help him get the dust off his Nitro and give it a good once over.  With any luck I might get a couple hours at a private pond near his house.

 

Spring is coming.  I hope everyone's got their gear ready!

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Took a few casts from shore today to get warmed up. We're taking the boat out for the first time tomorrow, not sure where yet. Feels like we just put it away lol. 

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6 hours ago, MassYak85 said:

not sure where yet.

Plymouth, Cape Cod? It's open and the smallies are starting to liven up.  If you have a 60 hp or less, there's Massapoag in Sharon.  It holds SMB and LMB.

 

I checked off March with five yellow perch and one smallie at my favorite little Plymouth kettle.  Two perch were just over 1.5# and the SMB was 1.7#.  The perch came on a gold/black/orange Damiki blade bait.  All my smallie wanted was a green/black flake tube dragged S L O W L Y.

 

Water temps were 43.x.  Winds were pretty stiff from the East, and the air pressure was 30.4.

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We got out on a local lake for the first time. Even with the wind it was still fairly comfortable, especially this time of year. The bass didn't show themselves but I managed a good size pickerel and a fat perch on the vision 110.

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I dropped into my 'home' pond this afternoon.    I threw a 1/4 ounce jig, chatterbait, jerkbait, squarebill, Keitech on underspin, and a fluke.  I couldn't get any type of groove going so it was a pretty short trip.  I marked targets glued to the bottom.  Water temps were 46.x.  Another couple weeks or so and that magic 50* should be here!

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I really need to get familiar with deep bottom contact baits and comfortable fishing jigs in the wind. This time a year if the jerkbait fails I generally don't do well.

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6 minutes ago, MassYak85 said:

I really need to get familiar with deep bottom contact baits and comfortable fishing jigs in the wind. This time a year if the jerkbait fails I generally don't do well.

You and me BOTH.  I've learned a lot fishing with @Saltysmalljaws.  Jake's a deep water guru.

 

I'll be on Cape Cod from 3/22 - 3/29 with my Ranger if you can make time.

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23 hours ago, DogBone_384 said:

You and me BOTH.  I've learned a lot fishing with @Saltysmalljaws.  Jake's a deep water guru.

 

I'll be on Cape Cod from 3/22 - 3/29 with my Ranger if you can make time.

22nd might work! I'll keep you updated.

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I've been living vicariously through y'all, I'm excited to get my first trip in soon, probably still won't be for a couple weeks, but y'all got me pumped up already.

 

I respect the commitment to get out and start your season early, and that for some of you the season never ends haha

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