Freshwater fishing is already heating up. People fishing bass tournaments use jigs, jerk-baits and rattle traps early season to produce fish. For the recreational fisherman, shiner fishing has produced fish early this season. All the ponds have been heavily stocked with trout and power bait has been extremely effective. Don't overlook cranberry bog ponds, they tend to have large fish who are not shy. Tight Lines!
The weather is warming and so are the water temps. We have seen anglers fishing green crabs at the Mass Maritime Academy with little yet some success. With decent weather this weekend, the Tautog bite next weekend should pick up significantly. Very little signs of Striped Bass yet, but hold overs should become active in the local rivers. Most of the runs are filled with herring except for the canal herring run. This season is right on track even through the rough winter we had!
The ponds are stocked and the fisherman are ecstatic. Power bait is the most common thing used to catch trout, although color does not seem to matter. Eggs are preferred but the dough has been working as well. People are also taking trout on small flies such as copper johns and small Wooly buggers. Casting or trolling spoons can lead to some large fish. Hot spots this week include Peter's Pond, Mary's Pond and Long Pond in Plymouth.
Slow day on the water, 67 degrees, sunny and windy. Water temp was 55 degrees and the bite was slow. Three guys on the boat and only 7 fish. We landed a couple of small largemouth, a couple of perch, a couple pickerel and one calico bass. We used rattle traps, crankbaits and a few senkos. Most fish were produced less than 7 feet of water on top of weed beds.
The weather is letting up and the ponds are heavily stocked. The estimated number of fish stocked in the spring of 2015 is over 500,000 fish. The state stocks 4 species of trout, including brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout. For more information about the state stocking program visit this MassWildlife site HERE. The page is filled with fun facts and a schedule of future stocking locations and dates. We also have sightings of herring in many of the runs including Middleboro and Wareham as well as some herring runs on cape. This is a great sign as we expected a delayed start.
Welcome to our new and improved Red Top Inc site. We appreciate you stopping by! We plan on posting updates on the fishing as much as possible this year. As the snow starts to melt and we finally dust of the fishing gear, we await the much needed fishing season. Last year we saw schoolies in the local rivers around the end of April. Our prediction this year is a bit later, most likely the second week of May (though only time will tell). The stripers will be here soon! Stop by the shop during our spring sale and gear up for the highly anticipated season.