Saturday, April 12, 2014

Surface Action in 57 Degree Water With What Else "BOOGLE BUGS POPPERS"

My first trip to Smith Lake today to fish for the spots proved to be surprising for top action using the Boggle Bugs Popper. My buddy Charles and I were a little late getting on the water and missed most of the surface action, but we did manage to find out that the spots will take a popper in 57 degree water. The lake was 3 ½ ft. above full pool and super clear.
 
Fat 13” spot and one that really put up a fight on the 6 wt. That is what I love about this fish, it will give you all it’s got on any weight fly rod you may be using.
The first spot of the morning, which gave Charles a fight on his 5 weight; both fish were released because they fell into the slot limited the lake enforces.
Even the bull bluegills couldn’t resist the Boogle Bugs on top in this cold water this morning. This guys is worthy of the quest, because he gave my 6 weight a respectable bend. I am now 49 away from the quest. The full moon will be on the 27th. this month and that is when the bluegill action will really heat up on this lake, I am counting the days.
 
 
 
 
 

 

20 comments:

riverwalker34 said...

I love Boogle Bugs. I haven't had much luck with water less than 65 or so and poppers except with spotted bass on streams. I'm still fishing deeper holes on streams. I bought my yearly supply of Boogle Bugs back in January.

Mel (Pond Stalker) said...

Wonderful, Bill, that you are getting some surface activity already. Those are nice fish. Congratulations on taking one of the (50)on this years goal. For what it is worth, supposed snow 4 - 6"'s tomorrow on the Front Range in Colorado. Woe is me...............

Brk Trt said...

Rod benders there Bill.
Nice fish.

Jay said...

We went to Smith Lake today. Spent most of the time trying to fish with poppers and stealth bombers... but didn't get any bass on top. Kelly got one decent Bluegill. Fished a little bit with the baitcaster and picked up one 12" bass... but we can't to any really great spots in the kayaks... and of course we didn't have you as a guide!

Bill Trussell said...

Josh
These are the first bass I have landed using the fly rod in water that cold. I will going back Monday and see if I can tie into some a little bigger. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
I can't believe you guys still have snow out that way. Hopefully you will get on the water soon and land some nice gills. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
The spot rivals the smallmouth when it comes to rod benders. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Jay
I assume you are talking about Saturday. The wind is a killer on the lake right now. I had to move constantly to stay out of the wind Friday. We missed out on most of the action because we were late getting on the water. Smith is an early and late afternoon surface action lake. It will be awesome as the water warms close to 70 degrees. Daylight is some of the very best times to fish the poppers. Let me know when you are ready to go.

Howard said...

Well that gill sure is a beauty Bill. I was going to try a short trip today, but as Mel mentioned I'm watching it snow as I write this. Can't win for losing!

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

This looks like fun. I need to do some warm water fishing this summer... it might shock my readers! Lol. I've only caught trout thus far...

Phillip McCutchen said...

Beautiful fish, Bill. Love the color on those spotted bass. Boogle Bugs are the bomb, I need to restock the box with some.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I am wondering if you guys will ever get over winter. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

RD
Next to the trout and bluegill, the spot is my go to fish in the early spring and summer months. This fish will give you a fight on the fly. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Phillip
The Boogle is the only popper I use to go after quality warm water fish. Thanks for the comment

Blake said...

excellent trip report

you have given me the disease

this year im planning on more panfish on the fly

one down 49 to go buddy

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
Use the featherlight to land some of those super size bluegills. I hope to make my goal this year. Thanks for the comment

Juan said...

Great looking bass and Gill. I'm hoping to get into some bass on the fly very soon!

Bill Trussell said...

Juan
Break in that new Redington fly rod on some of those West Coast Bass, you want be disappointed. Thanks for the comment

penbayman said...

Most of the lakes are still iced over here in Maine Bill..snow yesterday and 21 degrees this morning..my boat still sits undercover in my garage...grrr...

Bill Trussell said...

Penbayman
Winter has got to let go up that way soon. Thanks for the comment