Blanding -- If you're an angler, what biologists found in Recapture Reservoir recently might grab your attention.
DWR Aquatics Biologist Kenny Breidinger shows an 8-lb., 31-inch northern pike. This fish was among several large pike that biologists netted and released at Recapture Reservoir during a survey on April 11.
Photo courtesy of Justin Hart
During the week of April 9, Division of Wildlife Resources aquatic biologists Justin Hart and Kenny Breidinger conducted a gillnetting survey at the reservoir about three miles north of Blanding.
They were excited by what they found.
Many of the northern pike they collected measured 18 to 24 inches in length. Several of the pike measured as long as 31 inches and tipped the scale at eight pounds.
Their netting also revealed a number of very robust 11- to 14-inch largemouth bass. They also collected good numbers of black bullheads that weighed in at two pounds each.
Hart offers some advice to help you cash in on the cache of fish at Recapture:
For largemouth bass, try a chartreuse or pumpkin-colored 3- to 4-inch curly tail grub, hooked into a 1/4 oz. white or pink jighead. Fish this rig slowly along the bottom.
Another rig you might try involves using a 6-inch pumpkin-colored rubber worm. Rig the worm weedless on a bass worm hook, and place a single piece of split shot about 15 inches above the worm. This rig should also be fished slowly along the bottom.
Boaters who like to troll for northern pike might try a medium-diving Berkley Frenzy in a crawdad color, or a double-jointed silver Canadian Wiggler. Northern pike and largemouth bass can also be caught by casting crankbaits, spinners or large jigs along the shorelines and near other underwater structure.
As the water warms, topwater lures should also produce fish in the mornings and evenings.
Bullhead anglers should try dropping weighted worms or commercial catfish baits to the bottom of the reservoir.
For more information about fishing at Recapture Reservoir, call the DWR's Southeastern Region office at (435) 636-0260.