ROD TEEHAN Archives - The Fisherman


May 20, 2024 - 07:21:57

Fishing partner John Chrisant and I returned to Goose Pond in Lee/Tyringham, Massachusetts, May 17. We had bass-fished there May 3 and did well with small largemouths and smallmouths, tallying twenty of the former and eight of the latter. Most were not even legal 12-inch size, but the action was fun. For our May 17 outing more of the same would be okay, but JC and I were hoping for bigger fish. We launched my boat at 5:00 a.m. at which time air temperature registered 53 degrees. A light but chilly east breeze made the air feel cooler. Rather than head directly for bass, we stayed in the vicinity of the ramp and dam and tried for any stocked rainbows still hanging around the area. We did not have a hit. After a brief period of casting for stockies, we departed the ramp/dam cove and motored to our first bassin’ spot. Hits from small bass came almost immediately, and from then until 10:30 a.m. JC and I enjoyed excellent action with both largemouths and smallmouths. By the time we stopped fishing around noon, we had unhooked thirty-one largemouth bass, seven smallmouth bass, six chain pickerel, and one rainbow trout. As we had hoped, the bass were generally bigger than the ones caught May 3. Quite a few were sublegals, but the rest were mostly 1- and 2-pound class individuals. The biggest smallie measured 17.5 inches; the longest largies, 18.5 and 19.25-inches. (The latter weighed 3 pounds, 9 ounces and was the heaviest bass of the session.) Top two pickerel taped 19.5 and 21 inches; the rainbow, 16 inches. Goose Pond gave us most of our fish. Upper Goose Pond was not very productive. All fish bit either an Original Floating Rapala on top or under the surface or a 5-inch wacky-rigged Yum Dinger in solid back or onyx. Most fish were relating to rocks along the south shoreline of Goose Pond. We observed many spawning beds, but nearly all were empty. John and I are heading back to Quabbin May 20. Results of that trip will be the subject of next week’s log.

May 13, 2024 - 09:20:44

Fishing partner John Chrisant and I made our first 2024 trip to Quabbin Reservoir’s Gate 31 in New Salem, Massachusetts, May 7. Because the access road to Quabbin’s Gate 43 in Hardwick is closed for repaving for approximately three weeks, we expected the number of anglers using Gate 31 to be considerably greater than usual. Therefore, we arrived at the reservoir at 4 a.m. which was a good move. We were second in what became a very long line waiting for the 6:00 a.m. opening hour. Because John and I put in a lengthy session lasting until 5 p.m., I do not have room to cover every salient moment. So, I will just briefly summarize. Fishing was tough. We had to work hard and probe numerous spots to find fish. In the nearly eleven hours on the water, we unhooked only eleven fish—four largemouth bass, six smallmouth bass, and one 20-inch chain pickerel. All the bass, though, were fat, prespawn and early-spawn individuals, the best of which were largemouths measuring 17.25, 17.75, and 17.75 inches and smallmouths taping 17.5 and 19.75 inches. The heaviest largie scaled 3 pounds, 1 ounce; the biggest bronzie, 4 pounds. The bigmouths were in coves and hit wacky-rigged Yum Dingers and Original Floating Rapalas. The smallies were on beds and around gravelly shoals and points and hit the same lures as the largemouths as well as crappie jigs. Strikes were not spectacular. Most of the bass merely nipped at the Rapalas or lightly grabbed the worms. We missed or dropped at least a dozen fish that either missed the lure or barely got a grip on it and shook the hook seconds after being pinned. Unfortunately, we lost the two best bass of the day. One was a hefty smallmouth—4+ pounds minimum—that bit a Ned Rig, the other a dandy largemouth—probably a 4-to-5-pounder—that grabbed a Bobby Garland Baby Shad delivered on a 4-pound-test crappie rod outfit. While on the water J.C. and I talked to several other bass anglers, all of whom said they were not doing well. Back at the ramp we interviewed others. They too did not have a good outing. One fellow admitted he had had only one hit all day. Incidentally, water level in Quabbin is quite high. Also, Gate 31 was crowded, more than likely because anglers who ordinarily launch at Gate 43 were fishing out of Gate 31 instead.