To say this is an odd spring morel wise is putting
it mildly. The thing that makes it look very strange (and act accordingly)
can be laid mostly to the weather.
For example, we have been getting ample rain to
create ideal spring morel conditions, but the weather, otherwise, has been
nothing short of hideous, especially so far as air temperatures is concerned.
Still, I think, conditions are fairly good for spring
morels. The only problem with this kind of thinking is nobody seems
to be finding many morels, and, proportionately, they don’t seem to be
looking. The weatherman seems to have our number.
I have had reports of only a few morel finds this
year, and they--or the lack of hunters--can be traced to the chilly, (downright
frigid) weather. But I am inclined to believe any temperature above 40
degrees will get things rolling.
One report from the central part of the state
showed wildflowers in good numbers,
and species, as if the development of spring was right in line. The little
blacks should have been out during the warm weather streak we experienced
earlier. I think they probably were there. If the little blacks stage another
fruiting my theory may be all wet. But I think the little blacks were out
in better numbers than we anticipated.
I have had prairie trillium up (and ready
to bloom in better weather) for more than 10 days. That, of course, is
a story in itself. I have nursed a single prairie
trillium in my front yard for some five years. My work paid some kind
of dividends last year when three little ones made their appearance, but
no more beautiful wine red blooms.
This year the offspring are back and bigger, and there is a second bloom.
My own observances have shown less wildflower
development, and most of my morel thinking is based on wildflowers, and
the development of leaves on trees. I would say that foliage in the southern
part of the state--say at about the Mooresville level--is offering some
kind of dividing line between the southern part of the state and the central
part. Thus, I would think the above scenario would be more accurate there.
The weathermen are predicting a slight warm-up
later in the week, and that should be a “wake-up call” for both morels
and morel hunters. It also will grade my theory on the matter.
Remembering plucking morels from snow banks, I
will not wait for balmy days.
of good size were being taken in good numbers from one end of the state
to the other during the warm spell. The spring run is expected to continue
when the temperature gets more favorable at the end of the week.
Live minnows and small jigs were the best bet
for bait in the Lake Wawasee channels in the northeast, and on Patoka Reservoir
down south. Lick Creek fork was producing well.
Of course, no water produces good crappies unless
they are there. Knowing the waters--or the way crappie are doing--in any
water you will fish is a prerequisite.
Crappies aren’t always cyclic, but knowing of
a good spawn is a good place to start in selecting waters to be fished.
The cycles varv from one lake (or standing water) to another, so the “proof
of the pudding,” is in the checking various waters that have been good
in the past. A good way to find crappie water and a modus operandi is to
do as the Romans do.