The exceptionally cold, wet spring in Western Pennsylvania continues with high, muddy water everywhere. Most depressing for someone like me who has been looking forward to the warm, sunny days of spring all winter long. Fortunately, I had opportunities to fish outside Pennsylvania in March and April - but even then those accursed spring cold fronts preceded my arrival.
I caught crappies on Lake Eufaula with Todd Huckabee while testing new Yum crappie baits. And I caught my first smallmouth of 2011 on Tennessee's Center Hill with Jim Duckworth as he demonstrated a Bandit crankbait pattern. And I spent a cold night in Arkansas with Mitch Looper chasing double digit pre-spawn largemouth. But I really longed to return home for the early Erie smallmouth fishing.
Finally, after a couple false starts on Presque Isle Bay of Lake Erie, I had a most exciting day of fishing with my wife Marilyn on April 30. It took us about 45 minutes to locate a mid bay hump with a group of smallmouth hanging at the inside break. Marilyn scored first with a Hopkins jigging spoon.