The first week of turkey season is over. Hopefully,
some sportsmen have experienced success. I did not make it out due to
work. Reports indicate that gobbling is sporadic and many old toms are
feeling call shy.
If you feel that the turkeys are not co-operating,
they soon will be. Once hens hit the nest, expect more gobblers to be
frustrated while looking for love. Gobblers will be responsive to calls.
The recent high water comes at a bad time. I assume
that bass in the Little Kanawha River are getting ready to spawn. High
flows, with added siltation, are not good for nests that bass make. The
failure of a spawn class of fish has affects for years to come. Two
facts I try to remember are: not all fish spawn and not all fish of a
species spawn at the exact same time.
The upcoming backwaters should be great for muskies.
I believe that muskies have already finished their spawning. Try some
huge baits for huge fish. Remember, please release muskies. They are too
precious of a resource to be caught only once.
I would love to hear about the successes of Calhoun
County residents. Email photos and stories to
you have killed a big gobbler or caught a big fish in Calhoun, let me
Note: Cory is the son of Ronzel and Karen Boothe of Russett. He is a
1996 graduate of Calhoun County High School and is a teacher at Meadow
Bridge Elementary, Fayette County. He resides near Summersville.)