Finally its warming up, last month was the coolest May I have ever seen. It was also a wet month and the rivers stayed high for a couple weeks. We now have great river levels and clear water. I ran one more trout trip to the Jackson River. We had higher flows so streamer fishing did best for my anglers. I’m hanging up the trout rods now till October, its BASS SEASON!
With high water and cooler temps in May, it held off the 17 year cicada emergence until first days of June. The black and orange bugs came fast and loud. Philpot Reservoir was the place to be to go after bass and carp. Like the 17 year emergence I have seen in the past, the bass eat them well when it starts, then taper off. The carp then still the show. Its the easiest carp fishing you’ll ever see and some of the funniest sight fishing there is. Common carp cruise the banks just under the surface looking for a black and orange bug. The smallmouth bass that we were catching in the beginning of the hatch were quite impressive. Looking to going back and exploring the lake more after the cicadas are long gone. Still got a week or two to go before the cicadas are done but the carp will continue to look for them.
Smallmouth bass are getting past the post spawn moodiness and the warmer water temps are getting them to a Summer pattern. Yesterdays trip was the first I’ve had this year doing well fishing topwater all day. The best months are ahead! Its time to enjoy the long days of Summer and the smallies coming up to eat topwater flies.