Woke up this morning, walked to the door, turned the yard light on. The ground was white, snow coming down sideways WOW! What a perfect day, oh I gotta fish in this? Thought it was deer season, would have been about as good as it gets for tracking deer. Actually the first time I woke up was the beep from a text at 5:14 am from Don Pemble( he gets up way earlier than I do) Don's text," Oh the weather outside is frightful, OMG! " I guess it peaked my curiosity to look outside first thing.
I had fished with father and son before knew they would show up. It was some of the most adverse weather conditions I have fished in, evidenced by the fact that it was a Saturday with almost no one on the flowage. Our first spot, first fish of the day son Matt caught a 26-1/4" walleye the third biggest I've had caught in my boat ( I knew it was longer than my walleye bump board so got the tape measure out for measuring muskies). We caught a few small ones and missed a lot of fish on that spot after the big one( released).
I knew where there were a bunch of fish so we moved out into the wind , caught probably 15,all small fish, kept a few in the 13" range and a perch for shore lunch. Between the 20 plus mph north wind and very light biting fish, they were tough to catch despite having good jig fisherman aboard.
I brought extra firewood, Matt was starting to ice up, dad, Mike said we can warm up by the fire. I said well I don't know about that with this wind but I know where we can warm up and have a cheeseburger,won't break my heart not to do a shore lunch, I'll let you guys decide. The dock at Donner's Bay had three inches of snow and no boot tracks on it.
In all we caught around 30 walleyes with the exception of the big fish they were small today. Mike and Matt elected to keep only enough for a fish fry tomorrow, made it easier on my hands at the end of the day, cleaning fish in the 30* temp.
TX Tracker I have a lot of fall spots I like from a little north of the dam to the Sturgeon Bay landing, though it's been 8 days since I've tried a few of them, as of that time there weren't many fish in them, there certainly might be now. Twenty fish and none over 12" certainly happens at times. For our boat we have been finding a ratio of one fish 13" or over to about 5 or 6 fish(walleyes) under 13". Yesterday I fished with four fisherman in the afternoon in 5 hours of fishing we caught 25-30 walleyes, kept 9 , biggest ( measured) was 17-1/2", two about 16" the rest 13-14". That was a better then average ratio, there are a lot small fish out there too, they are still fun to catch.