Wonderful Winter Fishing Begins
November 15, 2013
Now that's it's early November, we're getting some wonderful northern pike fishing in Upper lake mary.
At the Mogollon Rim lakes, skim ice began to develop on cold nights along the shoreline of the higher elevation lakes, but has been melting off by mid-day.
Trout Are 'Cool'
The stockings will continue periodically through February.
Chmiel said he understands the frustration some trout anglers experience during the summer months, but now that the water temperatures are down, fishing should pick up.
"Going out in the morning may help people avoid the crowds," he said
Chmiel suggested small spinners and Power Bait, although marshmallows can work. He added that two popular spots at watson lake to cast a line are at the new and old launch areas, which provide the easiest access.
Fishing, Family Go Together
"Fishing is just a great way to relax and spend some time with the family with few interruptions," Chmiel said. "Getting kids outside and away from the computers helps create an important connection with the outdoors."
State Record Hybrid Striped Bass Recorded
It's pretty easy to tell the difference between Stripers versus white Bass and hybrids. Stripers are slender with body depth of less than one-third the length of the football-shaped white Bass and hybrids that have body depth greater than one-third the length.
But it's a little trickier to tell a white Bass from a hybrid. Here's how to tell them apart: A white Bass has stripes that are generally faint with only one stripe that extends to the tail. Hybrids have distinct striping and several extend to the tail.
The most distinguishing characteristic is that white Bass only have one tooth patch on the tongue as opposed to two distinct patches in hybrids.
Yellow Bass have distinct stripes that are broken above anal fin, are yellowish in color, and don't have a tooth patch. Despite what temperate Bass species you catch, it will be a fun, rewarding experience. Go catch a new state record!