Winter fishing is always tough, and for me, the best bets are either trout or walleye. I'm not an ice fisherman, so I need open water, which has been tough to find this year so far. Even the Mon was mostly iced up during mid-late January, which is pretty rare. Many trout streams were locked up tight.
I missed my best opportunity in early January before the super deep freeze set in. I finally got out on the final day of January when some slightly warmer temperatures allowed some of the ice on the Mon to retreat just far enough that I was able to wet a line one evening to try for a walleye below the Morgantown locks. With water temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark, I knew most fish would be deep and lethargic, and wasn't able to draw a strike.
|Mon River Temperatures for 2014, brrrrr!|
|Snowcover Feb. 20 before the rain. Dark purples are in the 20-30" range.|
Evan's Savage River Brown Trout
On a positive note, even though I haven't had any luck actually catching fish, I can say its been nice to meet and fish some new folks. When I fished the Mon in January, I it was a pleasure to meet and fish with Senoy from the wvangler.com message board (his real name was Lawrence). This was also the first time I had ever fished with Evan. We shared the hour or two we fished sharing fishing and hunting tales, which made the fishless not such a big deal.
So here's to March. This especially cold winter will start to break soon enough. Water temps have already started slowly inching away from the freezing mark (although the 3 degree air temps this morning have certainly halted that temporarily). Here's to pre-spawn March walleye. Here's to the start of the spring hatches on our trout streams. Here's to hopefully catching a fish in March!