Jigs and Bigs Fishing Report: 04/13/23

It’s that time of the week again, time for the fishing report!

I have not been able to make it out just yet, but my family has! My brother Karl and cousin Jessie made it down earlier this week to the CT River chasing some catfish with chunk bait. The river is high and the bite was slow but they did manage to land one decent cat after dark.Jessie also made it out the next day in Hatfield where the fish were hungry and he landed several perch and some dace.

Ryan the Butcher reports an awesome week with one of his best fishing days ever. Over the weekend he spent some time on the Ct river, boat flipping giant bronze back smallie after smallie on the Vision 110 jerkbait. In 4 hours they put up 24.05 lbs or smallies for our best five and each he and his brother broke their pbs, not once but twice! Ryan said that they were throwing into current and they were just sitting there for waiting tor bait to swim by. Such and incredible day. They are chewing and pre spawn fatties! Water temps were 47 degrees and the wind was blowing! He switched it back to pond and the had great success on crankbaits and small swim jig! 

It’s time guys! Get out there! They are fat!!! The Butcher is preparing for a tournament on Saturday on Quinsig! More to come on that next week. 

Andy made it out to Otis Reservoir with a friend where the water temperatures was 47 degrees. They picked up a nice 16 inch rainbow trout for their few hours on the water. The water level is rising and we had no issue getting the big boat in at the state ramp. 

Jerry got out twice this week, and said that the water was starting to warm up in the hills – he saw 48 degrees on one lake and as high as 54 degrees on another. Jerry said that he is catching most everything on ned rig and spinnerbait and reports that bluegill, yellow perch, and the bass are all starting to bite. 

Shawn the Fisherman made it out a couple times in Central Mass this week and once in the Valley. He was pre fishing for a tourney and hit into both largemouth and smallmouth with finesse jigs. He also lucked into a very tasty stocked brown trout on a crankbait. Shawn reports that the water temperatures were higher than he anticipated, and says that with this week’s warm spell it will only be higher by the weekend.

Nelson got out a few times this week from the bank. His first outing was in Eastern Mass on a small pond near the MAKB banquet venue, and he caught two small bass on a chatter bait. Nelson’s second outing was in the valley at Forest Lake where he had plenty of action from the stocked trout, but never caught one. They would hit my lure and even follow it right up to the shoreline but never got the hook. Many places have been stocked 2-3 times already this season. Get out there and get on the action!

His  last couple outings yielded no bites but he says he did see bluegills and perch in shallow south facing shorelines which means spring is finally here and the fishing is only going to get better by the day. 

I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy this great weather and PLEASE don’t forget to wear your PFD. It’s the law but more importantly, it will save your life.

Don’t forget that the trout stocking program is in full swing here in Massachusetts and you can check out progress here on the state site! Two spots I was excited to see this week on the list were the Westfield River in Cummington and Windsor Pond. 

As we head into the weekend, it’s looking to be like there could be some rain and some cloud cover, but we are staying in the mid to high 60’s and up for temps! The fish are hungry so get out there and get on em! Tight lines folks! 

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