90% of my annual fishing is done in April when I spend three weeks at Pickwick Lake, Tennesse, and then wheel back for four weeks fishing the North Channel of Lake Huron in Canada from mid-May until Mid-June. I then put the poles away and participate in other pursuits, such as basketball camps and horse racing throughout the summer, until after Labor Day when we break out the fishing gear and embark on our once a week fall fishing tips here locally, which we continue to do until it becomes too cold to be enjoyable in November.
Our normal fall fishing area is out of Craig's Creek on the Ohio River, just above Markland Dam. Our first trip found the water conditions extremely murky, with visibility of about four inches, both in the creek itself and along the Ohio River. Three of us put in five hours with three dink largemouth to show for our efforts.
Our second trip was to A.J. Jolly Park for our annual confirmation that it is still the "Dead Sea" and that we don't have to fish there again for another year. Surprise, surprise, while largemouth fishing was really tough, as per normal, we did catch a couple of quality sauger (17 inches and 20 inches) along with several "cigars." The photo below is of my fishing partner Roger showing off the 20 incher, prior to throwing it back to fight again another day.
This past Wednesday we returned to Craig's Creek where certainly conditions would be markedly improved from our early September visit. Certainly it wasn't. Chalky, murky water again existed with limited visibility. The water temperature was 70 to 72 degrees, still a bit warm for this time of year. We did locate some "measurable" largemouth, and put four in the boat. We did no good at the mouth of the creek, where we had hoped that perhaps some white bass or hybrid stripers might have moved in, but nobody was home, and caught one tiny smallmouth in the main body of the river, where the water conditions are visible in the photo below. Perhaps we need some rain, and perhaps some cooler nighttime temperatures will get things moving in the right direction.
We will stay with it and either re-visit A.J. again this week or perhaps put in a Schmidt Landing and fish the area between the Dayton Marina and the Beckjord Power Plant.
Better days have to be ahead, don't they???