About every three out of four years, I brag about staying outdoors keeping me healthy in the winter. Then the weather changes, and I get a severe sinus infection. For a week, I think my body will heal itself. Finally, I go to Dr. Wright for some horse pills. Everything tastes like burnt cabbage, but I'm getting better — hopefully, well enough to join good friend Bob Porter who is already killing the big Patoka crappie.
Porter has been emailing me pictures of 12.5-inch Patoka crappie for over a week. Monday, he said, "I finally caught a 13-incher today. They are so shallow, I am taking my fly rod tomorrow."
He uses homemade jigs under a homemade bobber.
I have an open invitation to join Mr. Porter. There is an area he calls 16-inch branch. When the slabs move in there, I'm headed south.
I was close to Monroe Reservoir on Saturday night but not to fish. I slept three hours on daughter Jourdan's sofa then drove her to the Indianapolis airport. Then I drove home and fried fish for grandaughter Hayley Bramwell, who was on spring break from Indiana State.
Jourdan flew to Portland, Ore., to interview for a master's program at Portland State. Wednesday she flew to San Francisco for a like interview. She has already exposed her educational talents to the University of Colorado and Auburn.
Jourdan graduates from the School of Health at IU this May.
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According to the Indiana DNR, a new trout stocking location for 2014 will be springing up in Greene County.
Midland Lake at Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area is 22 acres with a paved boat ramp and shoreline access. By April 1, DNR will have stocked 1,000 rainbow trout in the lake.
Both a trout/salmon stamp and a fishing license are required for all anglers targeting rainbow trout. The stamp costs $11.