Don't miss much fishing due to the weather, this morning however is looking like one of those days, thunder and lighting as I type, hopefully will get out this afternoon.
The fishing so far this season has varied by the species, there have been some slow days on the walleyes and some very good days.The perch fishing has been real good so far with many of the perch in the 10-11-1/2" range. I haven't been targeting perch specifically but have run into them while walleye fishing. Again not a target species but have been getting some decent pike also while walleye fishing.
The walleyes have been caught in depths and structure as diverse as the flowage has to offer, from rocks in 20' to wood and weeds in 4', in general wood cover in various depths has produced the most walleyes.
WOW just started hailing out, you can be glad we called the morning trip Pete.
Someone asked about slow fall jigs, yes they still work well . I am currently testing some other weedless jigs, I haven't arrived at my final conclusion on a preference but will be sure to post it.
That concludes the fishing report.
A couple recent trips: Yesterday with father and son Ted and Kyle, five spots into the morning without a bite it was looking like a late day shore lunch. Throwing jigs into 17' of water in a river channel Ted finally set the hook into a 12-3/4" walleye I suggested we put him in the live well for good luck and the start of lunch. By lunch time he was accompanied by 4 more walleyes, three perch and 2 pike. The fish rest of the fish came from wood in the 5-8' depth along with some smaller released walleyes.I was fortunate to have customers who capitalized on almost all the bites we had.
On one of the slower bite days last week with four customers and myself in the boat and another shore lunch planned, I again had experienced fisherman in the boat. I have had enough days on the water now where I don't get nervous anymore at 11:30 with only a couple fish in the live well . By mid morning I do mention the disclaimer that we don't always eat at noon, so how much deer jerky did you guys bring? Later in the afternoon we had a fish fry with all the fish the five of us could eat, only two keeper walleyes but pike and perch filled the fish menu.
On one of the spots that day, a guaranteed fish spot, we sat with four bobbers and jigs in for 15 minutes without a bite. I told them the 45" musky we caught two years ago on the spot must be down there. You often wonder if the customers think you are making up bogus excuses on these slow days. There is one submerged stump on the point we were fishing where the musky usually resides, we had a bobber next to the stump with no takers. Before I pulled the anchors I walked to the bow of the boat, threw my jig by the stump, when the jig neared the bottom the rod bent into a u shape and the drag screamed, he wrapped around the stump and broke the line.
That night I talked to my dad , I think 80 years old now, a very good fisherman who fishes winnebago often, still by himself. I was telling him of the slow bite day but of the flowages great attribute with a diverse fishery still being able to feed 5 hungry fisherman a shore lunch. He went on a rant about how terrible the fishing on Winnebago is right now, the worst he has ever seen. He said you couldn't guarantee a shore lunch of sheephead right now.