I’ve been out of town for a while and had a hankerin’ for some freshwater fun. I launched at the Turner Camp ramp in Inverness and ran upriver a mile or so.
The weather was mostly cloudy and a bit breezy but manageable. The water level is moderately high and temp at 62*F. I usually have more success with lower water levels in this stretch of the river but ya gotta work with what you have.
I fished in the shallower off shoots of the river, casting near floating duckweed areas. I caught fish anywhere there was good current running. I fished the main body of the river without much success. With the river at this level, the water is well into the trees. There are too many places for a fish too hide (that is my excuse anyway.)
I decided to try fishing in warmer water so I headed down river to Gum Slough (a spring run). Unfortunately, two large trees have fallen and are completely blocking the entrance. Perhaps a canoe or kayak could wriggle through but I wasn’t able to get my 1448 john boat by. Too bad, this has always been a good area to catch small bass in colder months.
I ended up boating 8 Bass, a Warmouth and several obligatory Bowfin. None were of bragging size with the largest at 16” (some Bowfin were bigger). All were caught on plastic worm dragged along the bottom.