A Wet One
June 14, 2005
Another day alone on Memphremagog and fortunately no one else had to endure this miserable rainy one. I stayed in the truck at the boat ramp waiting out the first heavy down pour for about a half hour before launching the boat in a clearing. Heavy mist stayed in the air for the most part of the day with occasional rain every half hour or so. By about 1:00 in the afternoon, the real heavy stuff came in and it was relentless. The air temps were in the low 70’s with high humidity and the water temps were once again in the low 70’s in most places. I began fishing the deeper water off open structures in about 15 to 20 feet of water hoping for a couple of bigger female smallmouth and about 5 minutes into the drift, hooked up. I thought I had a good one when I set the hook and knew it was a heavy fish! Unfortunately, it turned out to be a Chain Pickerel about 4 or 5 pounds. Not what I was looking for! I managed to catch about 3 more of the same size before I gave up on the deeper water and headed shallower. The 4 to 12 foot areas had better fish as I caught several in the 3 to 4 pound size by targeting other areas similar to these. Top-water was once again a great choice for numbers, but definitely smaller fish. Close to 75 bass were caught today using a variety of techniques!