We just got back from an afternoon of fishing on C.J. Strike Reservoir. We fished the narrows from a boat and caught several hundred yellow perch, bluegill and crappie. You may think I'm exaggerating, but I'm not.
Now for the rest of the story... The crappie averaged 6.5 to 7.5” and the perch averaged 8”. Bluegill were small, as well. We did hook a few nice smallmouth bass, and Jerry managed to land a 6 lb. northern pikeminnow on a super-ultralight rod with 2 lb. test line, which had us all glued to the water until we saw what it was.
We got kind of bored catching so many small fish. We started off with a piece of nightcrawler on the hook, but got tired of the perch ripping it off all the time and having to re-bait, so we quit using it. So, we started using 1-1.5” tube jigs. We lowered it about six to ten feet, jigged it twice and set the hook. Many times fish would hit it on the way down. We had the best luck with white and yellow, but I think anything you put down there would catch fish, there’s just so many.
A few anglers were catching a few bigger perch a couple hundred yards out from the Cottonwood launch site.
Although we got bored catching small fish, this would be a great time for kids and family! And the fish should grow an inch or two this spring and summer, so August and September could be great! For real fun, fish with ultralight gear, as it helps to detect the bite better, as well. - Joe from Hagerman.