Fishing in 2011 so Far........

Fishing in 2011 so Far........
Hello again to all my fellow fisherman and anglers out there.  Just wanted to check in and fill you all in on the fishing in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.  We have had an unseasonable amount of rain over the last month and a half, which has made the conditions less than perfect.  Water levels are above 3 foot higher than they should be, and the water is swift.  However the fishing has still be a little above average for the season. My normal hotspots for bass have been a little difficult to get to and have resulted in my pickup getting buried to the frame on two separate occasions.   However the reward of getting onto the lake has outweighed the risk of getting stuck every time. 
We have made five trips to the lake for Largemouth bass this year, and have done pretty well every time.  The first trip in February proved to be a challenge due to water temps in the upper 40?s.  However even with the colder water temps we managed to haul in 15 Largemouth Bass, and my fishing buddy Jake even managed to wrangle in a decent 3 pounder.  March proved to be a bigger challenge due to the extreme amount of rain, which resulted in a low catch number for the month. ( 23 bass for 4 trips)  Between mid April and mid May we have done extremely well.  My 3 year old son Landon has managed to catch his first fish, which was a 1.5 Largemouth Bass and has also caught several perch. My fishing Buddy and I took our first stab at Catfishing for the year this past weekend.  Even with water in the mid 50?s, We had a sucessful night.  We caught a total of 3 channel cats in the 4-5 pound range, two mud cats and a nasty river eel.  With temps rising and water returning to it?s normal levels, the fishing should definetly heat up in the upcoming month. I look forward to filling you all in on our adventures. Until next time Good luck and great fishing.                                     
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