I am going out on a limb and saying if youre reading this report, Free Fishing Day isnt a big deal to you. Youve probably had your license for months now and been on several fishing trips. Thats nothing against the event; its a great way to get people fishing, especially kids, and its really fun to see them go nuts when they hook a fish.
I bring this up because when I think of free fishing day, I think of cool events at local ponds, and thats what this column is about.
I try to hit a new pond or two every spring. Theyre great places to fish. Theyre small, intimate and full of surprises. I recently fished a pond twice in about a week. On the first outing, I caught a bunch of bluegill and small bass.
When I returned, I expected the same thing. The bluegill were smacking my fly as expected, but the bass were MIA. Where could they possibly be hiding in this small pond? Then I made a cast similar to the dozens of others I had made, and boom! Fish on. After a respectable tussle, I landed a largemouth bass about 14-inches long. My fishing partner caught two others in that size range, but neither of us caught any of the small ones that pestered me a few days earlier.
It was a classic case of you never know what youre going to get.
Both trips were enjoyable and took less than a quarter tank of gas round trip. The Treasure Valley is full of ponds where you can find your own adventure. If you dont like the pond youve found, move on to the next one. Its only a few miles away.
Local ponds are a cool way to expand your fishing options without a long drive or an all-day commitment.