The last couple days I fished the tff were the 27th and 28th we caught walleyes in deep water and on rocks in 8-10', 1/8oz. jig and fathead. Similar to last reports, lot of fish caught but a high percentage were small fish released, some days have had some big perch and a few nice pike with the walleyes. This pattern will continue along with muskies starting to go deeper, slower presentation on baits and the sucker bite will get better. That is my brief conclusion to the open water fishing reports, by the way thanks for the compliment drummerboy.
On a personal note just wanted to thank everyone who fished with me I had an incredible season. Also want to thank those who have read my reports. My family will be happy to get a reprieve from my loud pecking on the keyboard at night. My younger brother once described my penmanship as neanderthal , my youngest son had a word for my typing, it was really funny, wish I could think of it now but it eludes me.
I get asked at least two or three times a week, "do you ever get tired of fishing?" I gave some thought to that on this past Thursday the 26th. I spent 10 hours in the boat, half by myself and half with my oldest son. In the slow but steady rain I checked the weather channel on my phone several times : 37*. May 14th, in the cold and parts of the day snow, was a close 2nd but as far as miserable conditions the 26th won out, I would rather fish in snow than cold rain. Late in the morning I fished a hole with a sucker on a bobber, a dead stick with a jig and briefly with hands too cold to cast a jig I vertically jigged. The question again entered my mind, I could have been home watching TV. I picked up my son who has a much higher intelligence level in wardrobe selection, no cotton jersey gloves or leather work boots(feet wet since 11 am). At day's end with the last of the day's light fading we hit" one more spot". On our way to the last spot we drove about 8 miles across the flowage and saw one other boat, under power, I believe it was a DNR survey boat. I contemplated the question again. We had been catching walleyes and my son out fishing me by 2 to 1, sometimes I love to get out fished, must have been my cold hands. Sent son home with a catch of walleyes and some nice perch.
The last day I could justify fishing without customers was this past Saturday. I struggled in the morning on where to fish, I had it narrowed down to a Manitowish chain lake, Fence lake or Trude, the close to home lake (Trude) won out. I spent the first 3-1/2 hours watching the sonar and marking spots while travelling at 5-7 mph. If you haven't done it, it is a long time to be in a boat without fishing. My farewell open water post is getting lengthy, in summary I caught walleyes on a steep break in 30-33" and though was hoping for more walleyes caught some nice smallmouth on boulders in 18-20'.
Son Jack winterized my boat tonight, it is hard to stop fishing but there is only one November, hard not to reserve that for deer hunting.
I think it was 161 out of 180 days I fished, some were family commitments, 11 for a trip to Alaska . But no fishing never got old!