I spent Saturday on the water with my buddy, John Blair, searching for pickerel on an undisclosed mountainside reservoir in Central Pennsylvania. I was bummed, since I usually head home for the YakAttack tournament each year in Virginia, but my Easter plans and not having time to run down Friday kept me from making it this time. That being said, I really needed to get on some fish closer to home. The lake we were on is basically overrun by pickerel. There are occasional bass, bluegill, and yellow perch, but by far, the dominant species is pickerel. As the lake is between two ridgelines, there is typically a substantial wind, once the sun comes up in the morning. And since we have had a very cold and snowy winter, I was not sure if the pickerel bite would be that great yet.
The lake was extremely clear, so with a little help from my polarized Ocean Eyes sunglasses, I could see that the fish were nowhere to be found in the shallows. I decided that we should try to work deeper, and search primarily around the submerged creek bed.
I decided to throw a small soft jerkbait, on about three feet of leader, under a Carolina rigged swivel. It was a good choice, as I landed about ten quality pickerel, and no dinks. John Blair added several more for the day.
Not a bad day on the water...
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