Originally Posted by redhawkfish
I fish Dale Hollow for smallmouth several times a year. When I fish in Ohio I mainly fish East Fork for hybrid stripers and crappie. I plan night fishing trips in the summer around when the Reds are on the West coast so I can listen to the games at the same time.
I use to be an avid fisherman before I had kids. I loved night/very early morning fishing.... peaceful, quiet, you could hear a pin drop. Just to be able to sit back, relax, and take in nature, was very therapeutic for me.
I was mainly farm ponds and state parks. When I lived over in Columbus I use to love to go to the little burg called Galena, on the northern tip of Hoover Reservoir, when the crappie started running in April. It had an ideal spot under the huge cement bridge for basically setting up a small camp, and protection when it rained.
I've only been crappie fishing on Erie one time in my life. The two guys I went up with though basically "lived" on that lake and knew it well. We hit a couple schools, and it was funny as boats would watch each other, and when they saw someone catching alot, they'd all start coming in and crowding you. I was way over matched.
Now that my kids are all high school age, getting ready to graduate, I'm thinking about getting back into it. I always loved it.
Down outside Owensboro, Ky, I have relatives who have a huge farm. Due to there advanced age though, they no longer farm it and rent the land out. Back in the early 70's they expanded one of their farm ponds out to 3.5 acres. He stocked it with bass, blue gill, and catfish. I remember, when in high school, and when I'd go down there to stay a few weeks in the summer, we'd drive into town (this farm is pretty isolated), and get 2 week old baked goods and fill the back of the pickup truck with them to feed the fish. Now that has been 30 years ago. The pond is rarely fished, and even then it was only by my uncle, his son, and a few friends. I've always wanted to go back down there, camp out over the weekend, and fish it after all these years. I had a lot of great times down on that farm.