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.