Pine Mountain Lake fishing offers great opportunities for several varieties of fish throughout the year. Bluegill are abundant and easy to catch in the summer, and trout are stocked and particularly catchable late fall through early spring. But the spring offers the best opportunities for my favorites – largemouth bass and crappie!
Today water temperatures were between 64 and 66 F; ideal for the bass to be spawning or in “pre-spawn” phase. Some were on “beds” in 1 to 6 feet of water, others were cruising drop-offs near the flats. I am a fly fisherman and these conditions provide me the best opportunities for sight-fishing to bass with a fly, and I had a fun time doing so today.
I caught and release 8 bass; one was a 3 pounder, and two were 4 pounders. All took a fly that I personally tie, a white “seal fry”, which is a small baitfish imitation. The one exception was a 4 lber that took a crayfish imitation, pictured below. But, alas, this was not a big fish day. I spotted several bass at the drop-offs that were in the 6-10 lb. range; these were cruising too deep for me to effectively target with a fly.
I was working from a “kick-boat”, an oversized float tube with oars, and was often kick trolling between locations with the “seal fry” fly 40-60 feet behind me and 8-15 feet deep. Incidental catches were three black crappie and one large bluegill. The crappie in Pine Mountain Lake are very good sized, averaging 1 to 1-1/2 lbs., but I have taken some to 2 lbs. The one pictured below is on the small end for Pine Mountain Lake fishing.
Although most of the bluegill in Pine Mountain Lake are small and tend to school, there are some very large ones averaging a lb. that roam on their own. I was fortunate to take one of those today as well.
Here is a video of a couple of bass that were not interested in my flies as they were too busy courting on a bed. They were so preoccupied that they let me get my camera (and kick-boat) within a couple of feet of them.