I really like my St. Croix rods too. I will fish with you any time......leave my rods at home......and fish using your equipment.
I enjoy reading your posts and I (we) appreciate all the information you share with us!
We had a reprieve from the rain yesterday, nice day, myself and father and son fisherman found a steady walleye bite in a little deeper wood on the edge of river channels (12-16') we also had a couple nice ones in 14', hard bottom with scattered stumps and logs. After lunch we fished a 12' hump with big stumps, caught some nice smallmouth on a dead stick with a big leeches also had two more nice walleyes. We put the dead sticks out for smallmouth but the last two days the two biggest walleyes came on those rods also.
Monday started the morning with solo customer, I had my insulated jeans on, a hooded sweat shirt and two jackets. With a cranking north wind fished some perfect shallow cover for the conditions but the cold weather had shut that bite down completely. Late morning we found some hungry perch in submerged bog in 7-12' and put quite a few in the livewell. Later afternoon after the sun being out for a few hours and warming temperatures we finally found walleyes that would bite in river channel wood.
Today more cold rain, customers asked why there weren't any other boats on the flowage, I said, I guess they are smarter than us. Actually we had a nice catch of fish today, mixed bag of walleyes, perch and a pike. I think with the cloud cover and good chop there would have been a good shallow bite but we started on a 12' flat with hard bottom and laid down logs, caught one nice walleye so we kept fishing 12' spots with good wood cover. We fished bobbers and cast jigs, most fish have been coming on crawlers. Customer Keith set the hook today on a bobber bite and had a nice fish coming in, I was ready with the net, the fish came to the top, a decent pike with his mouth around a small walleye. They always let the fish go just before you can net them, I reached out as far as I could and got both fish in the net. The walleye we released fairly unscathed by the pike, pike in the live well.
Amazing how the water temps have dropped in the last couple of weeks with the cold temps and cold rain, 63 today.
In general fishing has been pretty good on walleyes this year, we've been getting a better average size with nice catches of 15-17-1/2" fish on the days when there is a good bite. There have been days when they are slow but we always manage a few even on the tough bite days.
I had a customer with a schedule change, I have this Friday open if anyone is interested, just an 8 hour day no shore lunch 7-3 then I clean the fish. My oldest son is going to be up, we're going fishing after that.
There are days when I could catch walleyes with kite string attached to the end of a pool stick. There are other days when I want every advantage available to me. I apparently got a blast from someone regarding my last post pitching St. Croix rods. I get a 40% discount on their rods. Some guides supply rods some don't. I want my customers to have the same advantage I do and encourage customers to leave their rods home, unless they have something they really like to fish with. When I got home all the posts were deleted, I only got to read the intro snippet from each post on my phone, unless the person got more derogatory than the little I got to read, I was disappointed the posts got pulled. I did not complain, I have thicker skin than that. I do applaud the great effort the Lake Link administrators take to keep a clean web site, I can imagine the battle.
I will give an analogy, might sound like bragging, or not very fitting but here it is: I got into reloading about 15 years ago my favorite rifle after great efforts shot five shot groups at a hundred yards of an 1-1/2", actually a standard of excellence for a hunting rifle. I can shoot better than that and can reload better than that. I scrapped the barrel ( might have used it for a garden tomato stake) and had a great gunsmith install a new barrel. It now shoots as well as my target rifle.
If I thought I could catch more fish with a loomis or a lamiglas a 40% discount wouldn't be enough to fish with St. croix rods. Other than letting customers try the rods, I feel no obligation to St. Croix.
Had a great weekend on the TFF. Had some first time TFF fishermen with me. Saturday we were able to avoid the rain and boated over 20 (probably close to 30 as we lost count) smallmouth bass. It ended up being a multi species day catching walleye, northern, rock bass and a musky as well. We caught most fish casting cranks in wood 4-8 fow and rocky shorelines. We did drag some jigs and slip bobbers but no takers on Saturday. Today we had another mixed bag of walleye, perch, pike, and Smallmouth Bass. Bass were caught on cranks and the rear were caught dragging jigs and minnows over mud flats 9-14 fow. Kept one walleye yesterday and 3 eyes and a pike today. All else is still swimming. Great time with fun clients.
Tight lines and happy fishing.
After a stretch of slower fishing, yesterday we found bigger walleyes on an aggressive bite. We started in cover that produced only bass, one a little over 18". With a stong north wind and dark skies we tried real shallow wood in 2-4'. We used bobbers but most of our fish came on 1/16 oz. weedless jigs . The cover was very snaggy the shallow wood ate a lot of jigs, the logs didn't have a preference to brand they gladly took all. All our fish came on crawlers.
I encourage customers to leave their rods at home and use mine. Yesterday customer, Jim using a St. Croix legend extreme , was impressed with the ability to feel that classic one sharp snap of a hungry walleye in waves over 2' in wind often over 20 mph.
How much did you say these rods cost? Jim: "ouch my wife's not gonna like that". Well Jim she might not be looking at this right, you need to explain that if the cost of the rod is amortized over how many hours you will have it in your hands for the rest of your life it is a real it is a real bargain. A nice card with an equal amount of money for her own gift might work too, I guess they are expensive!
First time posting with phone pictures from camera SD card to phone beyond my skill level. Stringer picture yesterday, hefty catch of mostly 16-17-1/2" walleyes with some perch.
Good morning all!!
Just a quick report.
Despite a bug hatch the fish are still biting.
Yesterday, a limit of solid walleye and also nice crappie and perch. Fishing wood in 15 to 20 feet. Medium fat head minnows as well as quarter chunks ofnight crawlers. Either with slip bobbers or weedless 1/8oz Jack's jigs. Those things are great in the wood of the Flowage!!
The crappie and perch were right there, all mixed in with the walleye and it was an all day bite. Not always hot and heavy but steady.
Don't let the bug hatch scare you. Those fish are eating.
Good luck to all!!
If you were trying to plan your trip to the TFF to coincide with the added challenge of catching walleyes after a mayfly hatch you will really be disappointed you weren't on the water today. I came in to the dock at Fisherman's at dark last night after a late day trip with a group of "young guys" college buddies, graduates from uwsp, the water surface was abuzz with mayflies. We had done well fishing north of Lake Bastine in 14-18' of water, caught around 20 walleyes, kept 10 and a few other species.
Today after throwing jigs at some easy to see walleyes in the bed of river channels and over hard sand with scattered stumps in the 12-15' range, and having no takers we moved to shallow weeds. We fished some cabbage mixed with pondweed, when you don't even get a perch bite or a pike you start thinking WOW this could really be a poor day. I had the good fortune of fishing with Dave (fished with many times) , a really easy going guy who was enjoying the, "beautiful sunny day with the white puffy cotton ball clouds" well Dave it will really be a beautiful day if we find some hungry fish.
We were near cribs ,tried a couple of those next, even the panfish were very non committal , caught none of the few biters.
I set the hook into our first fish, a rock bass , I looked at the clock on my sonar unit, 10:30, wow.
As my brother in law says, "they're always biting somewhere" .
We tried waypoint 035, logs in the bed of a river channel in 17' , a nostalgic fishing spot for me. I found the spot shortly into using the new sonar technology, gps etc. Out scouting by myself I think 7 years ago in the fall, drove over the spot saw two big arches on the screen, quick threw in the buoy and anchored. Caught two exceptionally big smallmouth put them in the livewell. Picked up the buoy and drove over the spot, the arches on the sonar were gone, they were in my livewell. Drove to the landing had a friend take a picture of me holding the fish, was the picture on my first business card. Then released the fish .
Today we caught 3 walleyes and 2 big bass off the spot. we should have had 4 walleyes but according to Dave I was too lazy to get the net, (I was on the phone ordering flowers for my wife's birthday tomorrow). I looked at the bend in Dave's rod, contemplated dropping the phone and grabbing the net decided not to. No Dave you need to learn how to do the "dutch haul".
Hopefully that was the grand finale as far as mayfly hatches.
Hey Jeff, thanks for the reply!!! I enjoy reading your posts and catching your pics. They are always one of the first ones I look forward to reading! Going to be coming over this afternoon and tomorrow to try my luck. Like you said, not going to sit out the whole month of June cause of the mayfly hatch!! Keep the posts coming and have fun on the water!! Thanks again, Fin
Last week there were two successive evenings when there were hatches ,lose track of the days don't remember which days they were, they were the smaller variety. Today when I launched my boat at fishermans there were quite a few on the dock and the shells in the water of the largest species. When there is a good wind blowing all night it is sometimes hard to tell how big the hatch was because the waves blow the skeletons to the shorelines. I think it was a pretty good hatch. When I picked my customers up at Donner's Bay I did point out the mayflies, they are a good disclaimer to the cause of a possible slow day of fishing.
We didn't catch numbers of walleyes but we had some really nice fish today, along with smallmouth and perch. Had a late day trip tonight and we again found walleyes in a different part of the flowage along with bass and a couple big blue gills.
Most people have to plan their vacation, there is no way to plan around a mayfly hatch. If you want to sit the month of June out you will miss the mayflies and the best fishing month of the year.
Happy father's day, a day late, fished with grandfather and grandson in the steady rain in the morning, found a real good walleye bite. In the afternoon, father, son and soon to be 92 year old grandfather, Oral a world war two veteran . We found the walleyes slower but managed an all you could eat shore dinner of walleyes and perch.We almost made it between the rain squalls, had to fry the last of the fish in the rain.
HRG my wife isn't a lake link reader, I had her read your comment, she got a laugh!
Pictures:some fish from today, father's day dinner in the rain,father's day morning.