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Open Water in Central Iowa, March 2020

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The local ponds here in central Iowa were still iced over as of March 1 & 2, 2020.  Then I spent March 3-5 in St. Louis, MO. Iowa had some warm weather and STRONG winds during that time...so by the time I got back on March 6, the ponds had opened up.  I grabbed the fly rod and hit a couple public city ponds on Saturday, March 7.

Pond #1:  I spent about 2.5 hours here.  Saw one 4" fish swim out of the shallows...that was the only live fish I saw the entire time.  Didn't catch anything, obviously.

Pond #2:  Spent about an hour here (had some evening dinner plans that sent me home).  Caught a lotta fish.  Mostly crappies, as well as a few bluegills, and a 17.5" bass.  Most fish were caught on a microjig about 18" below an indicator.  I also caught a few of the crappies on a Micro Gamechanger.  These fish were surprisingly active for being in water that had been iced over just days before.

First open-water fish of the year:

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2nd open-water fish of the year:

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The crappie must be hungry to take a bigger bait like that. I noticed you use a chartreuse body jig quite a bit. Looks like Trilobal antron chenille, my favorite color as well and have tied thousands of jigs with it. Got tired of buying a couple packs at a time and purchased a 300 yard spool of the stuff twice. Finished one and started the second, still have about 250 yards of it left. When you need more I have some you can have free. 

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13 minutes ago, JUNGLE JIM 1 said:

The crappie must be hungry to take a bigger bait like that. I noticed you use a chartreuse body jig quite a bit. Looks like Trilobal antron chenille, my favorite color as well and have tied thousands of jigs with it. Got tired of buying a couple packs at a time and purchased a 300 yard spool of the stuff twice. Finished one and started the second, still have about 250 yards of it left. When you need more I have some you can have free. 

You are a good fellow Jim!

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On ‎3‎/‎9‎/‎2020 at 1:49 PM, FishnDave said:

I also caught a few of the crappies on a Micro Gamechanger.  These fish were surprisingly active for being in water that had been iced over just days before.

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Fake News! That fly won't catch fish ;)!

Congrats on getting into some hungry fish!

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2 hours ago, JUNGLE JIM 1 said:

The crappie must be hungry to take a bigger bait like that. I noticed you use a chartreuse body jig quite a bit. Looks like Trilobal antron chenille, my favorite color as well and have tied thousands of jigs with it. Got tired of buying a couple packs at a time and purchased a 300 yard spool of the stuff twice. Finished one and started the second, still have about 250 yards of it left. When you need more I have some you can have free. 

You are an astute observer, Jim!  And that's a very kind offer, Jim, thank you!  Clearly you go through a lot of the chartreuse as well.  :) 

Yes, I've tried other colors....and some days other colors can work better than chartreuse.  Crappies always seem to love it...and its a great color for bass as well.  I've found gold microjigs produce trout very well. Black with a hint of red seems to work well for Redears, but I haven't experimented to widely for them. 

I have some chartreuse yarn that I used to use on the microjigs...but after a number of fish, the bodies would start to fray and the fly would eventually fall apart.  The trilobal chenille holds up really well to many many fish.  I've had the hooks weaken and break off or the lead fall off the jighead before the chenille deteriorates.  Good stuff!

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Got out on Saturday to a couple local public ponds with the fly rod. 

Caught crappies, bluegills, bass and a hybrid sunfish.  Biggest bass measured 19".  See the microjig in its mouth?  The jighead with the eyes was made by @Jungle Jim @JUNGLE JIM 1

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