Outdoor Truths

This is the year of the Cicadas. And no, a Cicada is not a new hybrid car. It’s actually a type of flying insect that some call a locust, even though they are not related to the locust. They arrive in droves only about every 13-17 years. Right now, you can hear them in the woods, singing their mating song. The arrival of this bug is a special time for fishermen. It’s top water heaven, and there’s no better way to catch fish than on top water baits. The story of the Cicadas and the fisherman goes something like this. Even though the Cicada lives a long time, they only come above the ground for about a four-to-six-week period. During that time, the male sings his mating song. Once the female mates, she cuts small slits into trees and lays her eggs there.

Once the male mates, he dies shortly thereafter. When he dies, he falls into the river or lake and is quickly gobbled up by a fish that has been lying in wait. And the action really heats up when hundreds or even thousands begin falling at once. This four-to-six-week period is the best time to…

For complete coverage, see the May 26th edition of The Lexington Progress.

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