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The Hawg Forum / Pickerel, or lack thereof
« on: June 03, 2021, 11:08:46 AM »
Anyone else noticing a drop-off in pickerel bites this year? In years past at all of my usual haunts they start biting in very late winter before the bass even start caring. This year I've caught one lethargic one in all my trips since Feb, otherwise they're not going after anything live or lure. Maybe the great overfish of 2020 knocked a dent in the local population with the extra pressure and rise in newer anglers mishandling/injuring/killing them?

The Hawg Forum / Re: Wind and More Wind
« on: April 07, 2021, 01:26:50 PM »
A month later and it's still hammering. Today and tomorrow it looks like we (inland at least) finally get a break from the nonstop 15-20mph northern blast. Always frustrating this time of year unless you have access to a southeast-facing bank! Or a boat with an anchor.

Northeast US Lake Conditions / Re: Lake Water Levels
« on: January 10, 2021, 02:08:43 PM »
Yep, everywhere is in much better shape now, there's a submerged shopping cart sitting handle-side down in Angell Pond that is a good indicator. In August the whole thing was exposed nearly down to the folding part. Recently I walked by there and metal of the end of the basket is visible glinting in the sun under a few inches of water. That's a good few feet gained after a nice rainy fall.

The Hawg Forum / Re: A slllloooowwww April
« on: May 01, 2020, 12:23:16 PM »
@Cranstonfisher92 , I lived in Cranston for 25 yrs but am now in Smithfield. Half of the big fish I posted in April were from your area. I always take a week off in April because that's the best time to get a big prespawn female. I do have a question for you though; Is there still any fishable population of bass at Angel? It got drained pretty low for several years. Keep casting, the next week or two should have they back on the feed again.

You know, I never gave that pond a second thought after the first time I checked it out. I spent an April day a couple years back stomping through the dead brush trying to see what kind of access I could find, got a couple of those quick little sunfish hits on a senko and left. But last summer I was fishing at Meshanticut and struck up a conversation with a guy who claimed his son routinely pulls nice bass out of there. Somewhere in the 4-6lb range on shiners if he was telling me the truth. I have a feeling that if he was right, they may be in the northern end of the pond, not where that single little spot is where the water flows into the tunnel under the pipeline. When I finally get a kayak that will be one of the first places I try, I'll report back.

Would you happen to know when it was drained? There's evidence of some recent state/DEM work around the southwest corner and the cement on the inflow looks fairly new.

The Hawg Forum / Re: A slllloooowwww April
« on: May 01, 2020, 12:17:48 PM »
Welcome to the forum! Glad you are here! I am a former Bank angler junkie as well until I got my boat. And I still frequent a few of my honey holes when I just want to get out and fish for a while without taking the boat out.

Anyways, I don't fish much up your way, but what I can tell you is your absolutely correct with the water temps remaining in the Low 50s for pretty much a month now, the bite hasn't been that great. I have yet to catch a full 5 fish limit out on the water this year. Granted I haven't put in a "Full day" of fishing, but I have been out for 3-4 hrs at a time. This time last year I was doing a bit better. But it was a lot warmer last year at this time if I remember correctly. Plus, the weird winter we had with no Definite "Ice Out" period, warmer temps and longer late winter/early spring wreaked havoc on the bite. I am finding more fish moving up shallow now, and really should be as we head into the weekend. Your bite should be picking up soon, especially in the smaller bodies of water.

I am not too much of a colder water guy, but I have learned a lot this spring about catching SOME fish pre spawn.

I have been out a few different time slots this year, and I can tell you that the afternoon bite has been much better for me. Give the water time to warm up a bit and give those active fish some time to start roaming the shallows. I am not an offshore guy either. Haven't gained a ton of confidence out there, but you fishing from the bank, you really dont need to worry about those, you are focusing on the shallow guys, cruising around wanting to feed.

So all in all, I would just say, keep on plugging! You are doing all the right things, throwing the right stuff. Wait out this dang rain every other day, and the brutal wind into somewhat of a stable weather pattern and you will be catching fish in no time!

Thanks! Yeah it's very interesting to see how different seasonal conditions affect fish behavior. The water in the shallows lately finally feels a little warmer than "instantly-numb" so I'm hoping to see at least the bluegill start appearing again. In regards to time slots, I just looked through my album (I try to document pretty much everything I catch) and with a couple exceptions, every single catch has been between 6 and 7:10pm. Usually I'll head out around 3 and stay til dark, maybe I'll try going around noon. Eventually I'm hoping to get a kayak once I find a good solution for strapping one to a Civic. Glad to hear it's not just me though, thanks for the tips!

The Hawg Forum / A slllloooowwww April
« on: April 30, 2020, 06:36:28 PM »
Hey all, I'm a longtime lurker here who finally decided to make an account. I've always enjoyed reading through posts on here and seeing what you've been pulling in.

During my layoff I've been bank fishing at my usual ponds at least 3-4 times a week, these include Randall, Dyer, Print Works with some attempts at Meshanticut, Angell, Gorton the Waterman spillway, etc. For once I have the "luxury" of trying varying times of the day and evening and I've been throwing out senkos, spinners, chatterbaits, crankbaits, swimbaits, frogs, buzzers, you name it with all different styles of retrieves. I caught a nice 3lb largemouth at Randall in late March (unusual in my experience) but it seems like they've dispersed again. With the exception of a couple pickerel it's been near impossible to get a single bite in these ponds all month. Even the crappie don't seem to be out yet, the last 3 Aprils I haven't been able to get any kind of lure across one of my usual spots without a crappie smacking it.

Those of you fishing around Cranston, how are you doing? Are we just experiencing a slow lead-up to the spawn due to the water still being cold? Or does it just seem that much slower since we live in a time warp now?

The Hawg Forum / Re: Crazy Weather!
« on: April 18, 2020, 01:29:25 AM »
Another month of crazy weather! March was great, the bass were biting every trip until the first week of April which is super unusual in my few consistent years of experience. Every time I've gone since then has been heavy current and headwind on normally-still ponds and a lackluster bite except for the occasional pickerel. Looking forward to May.

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