Done early today beautiful morning to be on the water. We had a good morning of walleye fishing, caught 16, nothing big but a lot of action. The perch on some spots are thick and relentless , in 6 hours of fishing they contributed heavily to the consumption of 5 dozen crawlers. I cleaned 10 of them to add to the fish to take home, some were on the small side but there are a lot!! of them down there.We fished with crawlers and leeches but today the walleyes seemed to prefer crawlers. Been doing the best on numbers of fish in that same 12-16' depth range mostly wood at the edge of river channels. We did have some bigger walleyes on 12-13' wood and rock the other day. Had another day with quite a few dandy smallmouth in the 15-18" range on two different 10-12' humps fishing live bait, crawlers and leeches.
They don't bite all day and some days they are tough but in general the walleye fishing in this late summer period has been very good, compared to the last two years at this time of summer, it has been impressive, not always big fish but catching good numbers.
Today was a special day for me, fished with father and son Greg and Kyle, for the last several years now. Greg thought this may be his last year, has had cancer for a long time, now in more advanced stage. The last fish of the day was landed by him on a slip bobber pole, an 18" smallmouth that took a long time to come to the net. Greg's family has a place on the TFF since the 30's he's shared a lot of great stories. Amazing attitude and sense of humor.
Docks: They get pulled anywhere from mid October to early November. Last couple years has been later. They are not permanent docks and would likely get beat up by the ice out. The dock at sportsmans I'm not sure of but for sure springstead and fishermans get taken out.
Walleye or pike for bait: my understanding is what nisif said. Did put a call in if for clarification if the answer is different I will post.
A few trips ago I set the hook into a walleye, almost immediately the pole was about yanked from my hand, I handed the rod off to a customer and after quite a battle got the fish in the net. It wasn't a huge musky but fun to catch, he had the walleye cross ways in his mouth "like a dog with a bone" and didn't spit it out until right when I netted him, unusual, usually when they see the boat they let go.
I do agree with Paul if I were going to use a game fish it would be a pike, I know they eat them I also think it is a competition thing with them and they just don't tolerate them.
Lot of days have had pretty flat water and have just been working the 1/8oz. Jack's jigs slowly across bottom, no bobbers. Mostly using the blue/purple some days orange/yellow.
Good fishing to you enjoy the summer it is winding down. Last minute trip ? I do have a couple days open next week. I do enjoy the musky fishing anyone interested in that.