Friday, February 3, 2012

February/March Fishing & Planting Advice

Diggin’ In The Dirt
By: Tim Brown

  The winter months are a great time for evaluating the need of fruit bearing plants, whether planting for the first time or expanding the number of home grown plants. Alabama has a great climate for a wide variety of fruit bearing trees, vines, and bushes. Apple, peach, and pear are among the most popular for the home orchard and with adequate care can bring delicious harvest for many years to come.

The winter months also call for preventative care such as dormant oil for fruit trees to reduce insect population. Early February is the opportune time to begin fertilization for the coming season. Depending on the type of fruit produced, 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 are usually safe and effective fertilizers to use. Additionally, lime can help the plants better utilize the fertilizer and enhance the sweetness of the fruit.

For more information please contact the Randolph County Farmer’s Co-Op on US HWY 431 in Wedowee.

Fishing Advice
By: Brian Morris  Fishing Guide

Welcome back to 2012 Wedowee fishing!!! February and March are what I call the big bass months as well as catching big limits of crappie. Focus on the northern banks and be patient, work your bait slow.
For bass in February use slow moving creature baits such as a Jig 3/8 to 1/2 oz or a Jig head supporting a finesse worm, (colors green pumpkin) when water temperatures stay consistent around 53 degrees start throwing a crank bait close to bluff banks.
 March water temp should be up in the low 60’s. Focus on shallow pockets and points using a 2-4 foot diving shad color crank bait. Always pay attention to water temperature, the warmer the water gets this time of the year the shallower the fish will move.
Crappie fishing I prefer to use a 1/32 or 1/16 oz jig head supporting a curly tail crappie jig 2inch black/blue chartreuse (it’s always a great color.) Keep your eyes on your electronics for bait in creek channels or main river. Trolling methods are very productive for crappie as well, you can use several different baits, rods and colors to load up the boat.
Good Fishing and be safe!!




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