That's a nice Smallie for sure. Bet he fought more than a 5 lb Large Mouth.
Checked out one of my sang beds here in Ohio at lunch today. No sign of any growth yet and I was glad. Way to early here. No sigh of any Morels either yet. I can see your tree budding over top of the big fish's Dorsal fin. Looks like you are at least a couple weeks in front of us. Saw where a mushroom hunter found over 70 black morels yesterday in Fort Campbell Kentucky. I bet they are starting to pop down your way soon if not already in some spots.
You got that right about those creek small mouth bass - they hit like a ton of bricks and fight long and hard.
I had a light rod/spinning real combo which made it even more fun.
I caught both of those and most of the other fish on a rapala - jointed shad rap crank bait - working it real slow. Have to go slow this early - the water is still quite cold. I use the shad and crawfish color ones but caught both of those on the shad color bait.
That tree in the background is one of my peach trees and it is in full bloom now. My plums have already bloomed and leaved out now and you can see little plums starting to form on the spent flower buds.
I have a pair of peach trees and they are 6 year old now and they both usually make around 150 peaches - one gets ripe about two weeks ahead of the other (different varieties) and that works out real nice for fresh eating and my wife makes peach jam too... YUM.
On the shrooms - the other evening I took a stroll down one of my hollows here and then came back up another one and I looked mostly on the north/east hillsides like I would for seng and I did not find any morrells. I did find some of those flat (half saucer looking things) guess they are some kind of shroom ? that grow on dead trees.
There are no may apple up yet here and I heard someone say on a youtube vid the other day that morrells usually show up first about the same time mayapple comes up. Not sure where they were from and I suppose that could be different in different areas.
I was not real sure where to look for morrells, high on the hill, or low, so I just looked in about the same places I would have for seng.
Then I saw where you mentioned that they do grow on south and west facing hillsides too and may show up there first. I will have to do some more looking around here in the next few days and see if I can spot any. I have never hunted or eaten morrell's but I bet they would go good with some small mouth bass filets , some home grown corn on the cob.
I am keeping a eye out for morrells here now as I get in the woods.
I have no experience at hunting them but plan to this year. Have looked around some already but no luck spotting any yet.
I did see some may apple sprounts coming up in one of my seng planting sites this morning, and a bunch of little 3 leafer seng plants up too, they are really starting to pop up now.
I heard that morrells should start showing up soon after may apple is up, but not sure how true that is.
Think I will get out and look around a little more tomorrow for morrells - again I am a complete newbie on shroom hunting - so if you have any tips they would sure be appreciated.
Billy told me by email that you were a real expert on the subject and he also said that he has had luck finding them under dead sycamore trees. I see others online saying that under dead elm trees is best and I have seen youtub vids where they were found under dead poplar trees.