Greg thanks for the compliments that is about as good a compliment as a guide can get, Hot Runr Guy thanks for the shore lunch endorsement the guys today were happy. If that was you in the black Lund that waved hope you had a good day.
It's been a great start, fished every day so far, have had a hard time keeping up with reports. I just pressed the send button on an article for the next edition of The Badger Sportsman , subject: fishing the TFF, pretty informative article some may be interested in reading, great magazine.
Fishing Report: we had 5 consecutive days of bright sunny skies and almost no wind. those days we searched and caught walleyes in deeper water 12-24'. We also caught perch in 12-14' soft bottom and logs. We didn't downsize minnows for the perch, still used the extra large fatheads though ounce we knew there were numbers of perch did cull for smaller of the big minnows.
We had many of those 5 days where we did well in the morning but the afternoon really died for us. Some of those days we caught good numbers but on the small range, many not keepers had to catch a bunch to get some to make the cut. A lot of what we fished was deep wood and some rock.
One of the most enjoyable things about fishing the TFF for me is what is a fairly common occurrence and happened Saturday. I had a couple who came from Tomahawk to take a day off of fishing the Willow. We were driving slow over to our next spot, I was watching the gizmo when I saw some structure I didn't have marked and fish on it. I swung back around and threw the buoy out then anchored. Counting our previous fish we caught 18 walleyes between 8:30-10:30, most around 14".
Today was one of those days you know the fish are biting, a little cloud cover and finally some wind, big wind, I'm guessing 20-25. Picked up father and son at Donner's Bay. First spot, after less then the usual time frame I was ready to move, we were there maybe 10 min. once we had all the lines out ,0 fish, 10' small depression with stumps. Next spot underwater point, extending from shore with rock/wood 8', I caught a small W casting, released. We stayed longer because I had to re-rig a couple broke off bobber poles. When I have that feeling they are snappin I have even less patience than usual, its like the excitement of fishing in a tournament. Third spot, steep slope from 5-10' with tangelly (spell check says tangelo, I'll stick with what I got) wood and roots, we kept a 9 fish limit of 14-18" walleyes. I had both anchors and all 100' of line on each anchor out to hold.
Father and son Andy and Paul had a great time catching (and eating) walleyes. We went back to Donner's and got their bait casters and tackle boxes with bass baits. I was happy to have my first chance this year putting on the hunt for smallmouth. We threw crankbaits over shallow boulders and did pretty well, they weren't thick in the shallow rocks yet but we boated around 15 on the crank baits. Andy did the best throwing a strange purple/orange colored rattle trap, something I'll be adding to my arsenal.
There was a lot of boats on Saturday by noon on Sunday not too many, today counting Don P. I saw three boats on the whole "big water" area.