I'll post a few reports with some pictures and random thoughts. We got lightening out around 11 today. Had some nice fish swimming in the live well before we pulled the plug.
Speaking on calling it a day, I received some constructive criticism on not calling it soon enough from a customer I have a lot of respect for . I have a lot of confidence in my boat and my abilities, if you are out with me and are uncomfortable with the weather please let me know, I don't get spooked easy, with the exception of lightning , don't stop fishing , but certainly place my customers comfort level before my own. Usually a couple days a year (160-170 days on the water) before a coming storm, you cast your jig out and your line hangs up in the air from the static electricity. Rob, an electrician, and his dad Paul were as reluctant to call the day as I was but with the coming storm we motored in.
I noticed a lot of bass fisherman the last couple of weeks, I think the TFF is getting recognition as a premier smallmouth fishery. I really enjoy smallmouth fishing ,didn't get to pursue them many days this year, as most of my customers come for walleye fishing. On the 2nd and 3rd of June, I had my annual guide trip with father and son Dick and Jeff, as far as weekend action on topwaters I think they hit it just right. On the first day we had a good morning then the fish went into a lull, on the second day they caught 23 smallmouth and other incidental fish, almost all on the surface, a yellow popper was the go to bait. Casting tight to the shore line working it for about 30 feet with long pauses, most of the fish took the bait on the pause. The fish were real shallow most in 1-3' of water.
My passion is walleye fishing but honestly if you are up here the first couple of weeks in June and don't spend a little time on the smallmouth you are really missing the boat (pardon the pun) on some of the funnest fishing the flowage has to offer. The fish are moving out farther from the shore, the last couple of days we have started to catch them when walleye fishing on stumps in 5-8' with live bait. My go to bait for that prime time when they are real shallow and coming up, are the Rapala skitter pops, had good luck with the orange belly and blue/ chrome sides.
As I have said in a previous post there is a decent number of 15-17" fish, a bunch of up and coming 9-11" fish and a couple void year classes, over all a very healthy walleye fishery.
We have been catching perch and pike while walleye fishing. If you want to catch pike cast shallow weedy bays with spinner baits you will have some action.
The "young guy" maybe 30 years old who caught the 50", was casting a black bucktail with double copper blades, definitely good colors for the flowage. that same area produced a 48"the day after. Last year my customer Jim saw a bigger fish then the 45" he caught with me the year before in that same area of the flowage, he freaked out and pulled the bait into the air as the big fish came boatside with mouth open.
We have still been taking fatheads for the walleyes, today was the first day however that we did better on crawlers than minnows.
Had a lot of good trips, met some really nice people, thank you for all who chose my guide service.