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midnightmoonhowler
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9/15/14 12:55 PM CST
Fished TFF last Fri Sat and Sun. Weather was a bit cool after the front but the skis were fairly active. Had 2 swipes at topwaters, two sucker drops which sucks since suckers came back tore up and dead $16 and no fish, and this 38" which was caught on a depthraider. Most of the fish seemed to be in 14+ft. Water temps 58-60deg. First trip to the TFF and had a great time!

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9/14/14 11:12 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Hard to believe we're having to get the body acclimated to the cold weather already, I am optimistic we have some nice weather ahead. Yesterday when the sun came out it felt great, but even at that the jackets never came off. We fished for walleyes yesterday , fishing both late summer and fall pattern structure and found them on both. There are fish starting to move into the deep rock in the beds of the river channels.

I had a very enjoyable day with two young guys, Cody took his younger brother Corey, home from the Marines, on a fishing trip. They didn't need any instructions from me on jig fishing, we boated 27 walleyes casting 1/8 oz. jigs and fatheads. Most of the fish were small we kept 7 nothing over 15" along with a couple nice crappies and a perch. We caught a lot of rock bass, between the walleyes and the rock bass they chewed through quite a bit of bait providing steady action for most of the day. The brothers came home with a nice bag of fillets for a family fish fry for a get together on their mom's birthday.

The area of the flowage we fished yesterday had water temps of 55* which is pretty amazing how fast the temps have dropped. Lot of good fishing ahead, I enjoy fishing all year but my favorite time is coming up.


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9/11/14 7:58 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 41° - 45° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Anyone wondering what it was like fishing on the flowage today? Darn cold! to put it mildly. I left the house in the morning temp was 39 got home 42, brisk north wind all day. The water temp on tue. was 65 today 60, with the wind, that temp would be reflective of the water column not just the surface temp your gizmo is reading. If you want to know the water temp, the site Tom 502 mentioned is the temp that would be most representative of what the fish are feeling.

The fishing? My guests and I fished 5 hours , kept 3 walleyes and 6 nice crappies we released some small walleyes, pretty slow, minnows 14-24'.Jeff and Russ were actually pretty happy to come up with tonights fish fry, they had been having some slow fishing.

My last two groups were staying at Cry of The Loon Resort in the Lake Bastine area of the flowage and were very happy with their accommodations.

Have a busy schedule coming up but do have this weekend open if anyone is interested. According to the forecast I predict the fish will be biting Saturday.


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9/10/14 4:54 PM CST
Conditions: Raining Air Temp: 41° - 45° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
http://xcelenergy.com/About_Us/Our_Company/Power_Generation/Hydro_Level_and_Discharge_Rates?stateSelected=true

See link above - data from Xcel Energy about TFF water temp, water level and discharge from dam.

Tight Lines,

Tom502

midnightmoonhowler
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9/10/14 1:56 PM CST
Coming up for the rest of the week tomorrow am. What are current water temps? Im sure they will drop drastically over the next few days with the cold coming in.

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9/10/14 8:59 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Had a nice catch of fish with young fisherman/fisherwoman Leah and Braxton. Nice walleye released with Dan and Susan. We have also been getting nice smallmouth fishing the deeper wood.


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9/10/14 8:39 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Picture with Dave and Stephanie was half day trip yesterday. Fishing has been good. We ran into a mess of rock bass, kept a huge one for them to try, haven't been keeping them because we have been catching a lot of other pan fish while walleye fishing, they are not counted into your bag limit of pan fish.


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9/9/14 3:07 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Starting to feel like fall is in the air, hints of color in some of the trees. The crappies are starting to bite well, we have been getting them up to 14" (remember the 10" min. size limit) we've caught them in 12-23' relating to deep natural wood structure. They are fun fish to catch they bite decisively , they clamp down on the jig and give a steady, hard pull straight down. We have caught them casting jigs , vertical jigging and on slip bobbers. Usually I know they are crappies by the spot we are fishing and there appearance on the sonar I don't set the hook as hard as for a walleye. On the subject of fish bites there was a whole day when I don't think I felt a single walleye bite. We caught quite a few walleyes but just felt weight on the line not the classic heavy thump. The rod hand, in my case left hand, tells the mood of the fish. We had one day last week in the morning, just felt the weight of the fish, by afternoon the fish turned on and you felt them all bite hard.

Fished with a lot of fun people , can't mention them all, two brothers from Oklahoma, two other brothers one from Florida and one brothers two kids. Two brothers from Illinois who's father spent a lot of time on the TFF and brought them as kids, they called yesterday to thank me, we had a nice catch of walleyes and crappies, they had a hard time going home. Would like to thank Porky and Rosanne at Donner's Bay for taking care of the three guys from Illinois ( Mike, Jesse "the badger" and Ruben) who didn't find the bottled water in their cooler a fitting beverage for a shore lunch.

Have had some good catches some of the stringer pictures were at lunch time. The customers with all the blue gills and other fish gave me a fish cleaning reprieve, after lunch we did catch and release, seven doz. crawlers that day.

Good fishing to you looking forward to the fall walleye and musky bite.

Jeff


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9/9/14 7:34 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
There has been a change in the weather almost everyday since my last report. I'll start with the two toughest days. After losing the morning fishing to the storm which had a bit too much wind and lightning to fish in, we went out in the afternoon. I wasn't optimistic but customer Keith and I got a mixed bag of fish for his family fish fry the next day. We had one spot with 8 species of fish off a 20' dia. area including a musky, would have set a record but couldn't get the easiest fish, a perch.

The following day husband and wife Dan and Susan were dressed for the cold front and strong NW wind. I thought we would have a more enjoyable day not fighting the wind so we headed east. They had a habit of counting fish in Canada, I said I have a clicker and handed it to Susan who was the fish counter. She counted anything with fins, at the end of the day we had caught 56 fish. We had a vary small range of species that day almost exclusively walleye and rock bass, about 60% walleyes, of those mostly small fish. There is a huge population of walleyes from the 2012 hatch they are in the 10-11" range, will be nice eating size next year. As has been the case all summer the cold front did trigger a couple larger walleyes, we had an 18-1/2 and a heavy 21" we released the larger fish.

Just looked up at the clock gotta go!

I will try to finish this post tonight, still fishing the late summer deep wood pattern, the last few days the minnow bite has been taking over and edging out the crawlers.


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9/7/14 6:34 AM CST
Just returned from a week out in Devils Lake, ND, what a fishery it is, even in tough conditions we managed our limits on walleye, here's my mounter, finally for the wall, a 28.5 in walleye which was just under 10 lbs. The wife and I looked at it and decided if we were not going to mount it, it was going to go back into the water, but this is the biggest walleye to date, and she was in the boat with me, so It was a little more special. We were casting for northerns in 5.5 ft of water in cabbage and coontail weeds, using a spinner bait, when I hooked this fish it felt heavy, so I told her she better get the net, I had 20lb power pro line and a 18in leader on and never could pull her off the bottom, she got under the boat and when I pulled her up the wife made a good net job and we just both couldn't believe it was a walleye, it was a good trip and one to remember. despite fighting 4 to 5ft waves on Monday and Thursday in 40 mph winds

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9/7/14 6:29 AM CST
Jeff Congrats on a good year, the lady with her first walleye looked very happy, times like that make the guiding business worth the effort, your right some of the best fishing is yet to come, as the water temps lower, the bigger fish put on the feed bag before the ice comes.

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9/1/14 4:54 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
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9/1/14 3:35 PM CST
Conditions: Raining Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
There were a lot of people out trying to enjoy the TFF on this Labor day weekend despite the weather. Yesterday it took awhile to find a site for a shore lunch, we wound up taking a ride south and finding R-6 open. I like to think I'm pretty organized for the shore lunches, seldom do I forget anything, like the time I forgot the forks and had to make them with sticks and electrical tape. Yesterday I forgot the bread crumbs, I dipped the walleye fillets into the egg & milk wash then into the hot cast iron skillet coated with olive oil, simple cooking, turned out very good. Father and son Dave and Wes enjoyed the fishing and the cooking, by early afternoon we had 25 fish to clean including a limit of walleyes. We caught perch, bluegills, crappies, smallmouth and walleyes in a lot of diverse cover from 6-16 fow. With wind and clouds fish can be caught shallow even on the last day of August.

I make a point to report the tough bite days, the previous day (Saturday) I had a morning trip with three customers, we found the walleyes in a very negative mood, actually all the fish. We caught small walleyes, kept one, some bluegills, a smallmouth and a couple perch, for one of the lightest catches of the season. We have been catching bluegills on the deeper structure we're fishing this time of the year. I have found them to be a barometer, if you can't get the bluegills to bite it's going to likely be some tough fishing. The fish seldom go two days in a row without a good bite occurring at some point in the day the last two days were a reflection of that.

The summer went by way too fast, especially for son Tom who has school tomorrow, 6:30 is going to be a rude awakening. The redeeming factor to summers end is some of the best walleye fishing of the year coming late sept/ through boat take out, last year nov. 5th.


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8/26/14 11:24 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Alasa's first walleye.


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8/26/14 11:13 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
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