Fishing gets rolling out on the waters
In 1976, Missouri angler Rick Clunn claimed his first B.A.S.S. victory in the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville. He won again in 1977. And two more times in 1984 and 1990. He’s been fishing the B.A.S.S. circuit with major success longer than I’ve been alive.
This past year, there was some speculation about Clunn retiring from professional bass fishing, as he was coming off his worst season ever. He decided that an old dog can learn some new tricks, and he made some key changes to his game.
As per B.A.S.S. rules, Clunn started seeking out help locating fish from other anglers before tournaments. So he scoped out the fishing and watched local anglers, and the results speak for themselves.
Clunn caught a five-bass limit that weighed a jaw-dropping 31 pounds 7 ounces on the second day of the tournament. He credits a homemade bladed jig with a green skirt and a white Luck-E-Strike swimbait for a trailer and a lucky bout of wind and rain that made the fish bite more.
Things have really turned around for Clunn this year. On March 20, he won the Bassmaster Elite Series Event on the St. John’s River in Florida. Not only did he take home the $100,000 prize, he broke the record for oldest to win a B.A.S.S. event. Clunn will turn 70 this July.
It’s not time for Clunn to hang up his hat. And it’s not time for anyone else either. Fishing is one recreational activity that is accessible and achievable for all ages. My dad taught my daughters how to fish summers at Lake Anna, Va. I’ve been fishing since I was a tot, and I hope to keep getting back on the water every year and someday introduce my own grandchildren to the sport.
Thank you, Rick Clunn, for reminding us that fishing is for everyone, from age 5 to 85. So let’s get out there this spring and catch some fish.
And now we come to the first Reel Report of the year, which you will see in this spot Fridays throughout the summer and early fall. Enjoy.
Southern Maryland lakes and ponds — The main story this spring continues to be the recently stocked rainbow and golden trout in many local waters. There’s no minimum size and the limit is five per day.
By the time you read this, almost all of the following waters should have received two deliveries from the hatchery trucks this spring. Calvert County: Calvert Cliffs Pond and Hutchins Pond in Calvert County; Hughesville Pond, Myrtle Grove, Wheatley Lake at Gilbert Run Park in Charles County; Allen’s Pond, Cosca Lake, Pond at Governor Bridge Natural Area (two-per-day limit), Greenbelt Lake, Lake Artemesia, Laurel Lake, Melwood Pond, School House Pond, and Tucker Pond in Prince George’s County. A third installment of fish is due to be delivered to many of these waters the week of April 10.
Powerbait is the most popular way to catch them although many anglers are throwing small spoons and in-line spinners with success. I’ve even seen firsthand some kids catching them with a bobber and worm with great success.
Ken Lamb from the Tackle Box in Lexington Park said with warmer temperatures the freshwater fish are very active now. Crappie, bass, and pickerel are hitting minnows, lures, and bits of night crawler at St. Mary’s Lake.
Chuck at Ron’s Bay Pro Shop said the yellow perch have been done with their spawning run for about three weeks now and the white perch are almost gone. Your best bet for the ones that remain are bloodworms or grass shrimp.
There have been some rumors of three Northern snakeheads caught at Wayson’s Corner, and Eric Imgram uploaded a photo