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.