Fall in Spring Week on Our Waters
The calendar says spring time, but this week we are in for a warm weather set-back as colder air funnels out of Canada and sets us up for a spring failure of sorts.
Of course it is April, so cold nights with frost are still expected in spurts this early in the spring. In fact Green Thumb himself says the tenderest of plants should not be in your landscape until early May, unless you are ready, willing and able to cover up!
Talk to boaters like my old chum Bruce Sprous and you will hear tales of how Easter starts the traditional boating season. On our lakes, the draw up to summer pool is well underway from Sutton and Summersville to Beech Fork and East Lynn and Paintsville and Dewey Lakes.
This past weekend, the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha Rivers enjoyed a nice early season spurt of pleasure boating. In fact the lack of rain has left our normally high and murky rivers clear and clean, though still quite chilled. It is too early for sure for water skiing!
Anglers like Tom Clay are hitting the crappie beds hard at Greenbo while sauger and saugeye fishermen are working the turbid waters of dams like Winfield and Greenup. Cold water fish like rainbow trout are feasting on the swifter tailwaters of streams like Paintsville Lake, the stomping grounds of Frank Honeycut of Johnson County Ky.
As surface water temperatures warm, bass are becoming active on ponds like the ones I fish behind my house. It all adds up to an outdoorsman’s dream.
The good news on the cold is it will only last until Friday with warming winds back in the forecast in time for a tax weekend with temperatures back into the 70s!
Next chance of rain you ask? Well a sprinkle of flurry aside the next few days, it appears Sunday and Monday will see some April thundershowers as a rare dry week is ahead.