A nice pickerel that smacked a musky lure.
When: Monday, April 14th, from 10am to 6pm
What: Musky fishing with Charlie
Weather: Warm, overcast and very windy. High of 74 degrees and winds SW to S up to 17mph and gusting to 30mph.
Barometric Pressure: 29.96in fell to 29.83in.
Relative Humidity: 44% at mid-day.Sunrise: 6:20am
Moon: Full. Moonset 5:52am. Underfoot 12:29pm. Rise 7:12pm.
Water Conditions: Partly to moderately stained. Main lake 52 degrees, as high as 63 in the "shellers"
Monday it was Charlie's turn to get his boat in the water.
We hit Lake Hopatcong in hopes of taking advantage of the warm weather. There was a cold front coming in later in the week, so we took our chances with the 70 degree weather on Monday even though we knew it was going to be windy.
It was pretty windy.
After we launched, we headed directly to a small cove where we found 63 degree water. Charlie caught his first bass of the year in short order and we left the cove after he landed 3 of them.
When we got back onto the main lake and the breeze was really whipping.
Despite the conditions, we picked away at different parts of the lake, trying to find the warm water and the fish. But that proved to be somewhat difficult.
A little later in the day, we were fishing the spot where I caught my biggest musky a few years ago, so I decided to try the same lure I caught it on. After taking a few casts to the weed line, I tossed it on the inside towards a shoreline that was getting hammered with the stiff wind.
I was sure I was gonna see the long flash of a muskellunge, but it turned out to just be a hungry pickerel.
Still, it got the skunk off.
Charlie and I gave it hell for a few more hours, and put in a full day on the water despite the tough conditions.
Once again, it felt great to be out, and the fishing will only get better from here.
So were doing it again today.