A day off, think longest I've gone without a report since I joined Lake Link I also see I missed returning a few lake link messenger questions, call or email is best way to reach me, don't mind answering questions. Next season going to try some kinda time management plan to get one report a week out.
Water is down , I would guess about 2 feet , rocks wood starting to poke out of the water. An attached tree in about 10' of water surprised me the other day, didn't hit it but close, Wow that doesn't belong there! Occasionally the ice uproots one, it bobs along vertically until it beds down in a new place.
The walleye fishing the second half of the month has certainly been better than the first half, have been getting some bigger fish in the 16-18" range. Still doing the best in the 6-10' depth range, humps and wood flats. Been using crawlers and leeches, catching fish casting 1/8oz. jacks jigs and on slip bobbers some days there seems to be a real preference for a jig moving across the bottom other days the bobbers have done better.
The water is starting to cool down, the temp on this report is my best guess, have a power cord issue on new unit with temp gauge, hoping to get to that today. I will be trying some minnows tomorrow.
We've found some bigger aggressive biting perch while fishing walleyes also blue gills in that same depth and structure.
Smallmouth have been on fire some days , slower days still catching them here and there. Still catching best on a deadstick with a leech, my leeches are almost gone, think they are pretty well gone at the bait shops. A lot of stout 14-16" fish out there.
I haven't fished crappies but I know they are starting to be caught in good size and numbers in deeper water.
I got a chance to do some musky fishing this week, was real happy to have the opportunity. Monday fished them all day with the poor weather conditions ( for people) we found a good bite going but luck wasn't on our side. Had a big girthy fish following customer Jim's bucktail, think it would have ate the bait when he hooked a shallow weed about 2' long, the fish turned off. The next fish, again on Jim's bait, Jim hooked the fish had it coming to the boat until the fish leaped, cleared the water by 2' and threw the bait. Next fish hit the Boucher slop master I was throwing, problem I have is I often have my head turned away trying to see the head of the trolling motor, especially with three customers, I made an awkward hook set and the pretty decent fish came unhinged. The fourth fish, a really nice one, swirled on a Fat B. but no bait in mouth. We had other boils of either musky or pike but four were sure musky, 2 were big fish, about as good a day as you can have without one in the net.
Next day Tuesday fished morning with solo musky fisherman, frothed a lot of good water, never saw a fish, talked to two other musky fisherman out that morning same story. Some days or parts of the day they are very inactive.
One of the best aspects of my job is the friendships made, yesterday had the same fisherman I had Monday, think our 7th year fishing together. Monday we kept a couple pike for shore dinner while musky fishing, yesterday they were hoping to catch a few fish to take home to their wives. We live bait fished until early afternoon, had a mixed bag of fish including a 17&18" walleye, but the fish were not real aggressive. I suggested we might be able to collect some pike while musky fishing, the pike were active and hit bucktails aggressively but no musky. The guys had also fished musky the day before and were getting wore, I suggested hanging in there for a couple more spots, I really wanted a fish in the net. Finally around 5pm an acrobatic 41" took Jim's bait ( I think he has a 4 leaf clover in his wallet) after a hard fight we netted the fish and had a good release after a very short time out of the water.
Been fishing a lot of structure, lot of different baits, bucktails in shallow water have seen the most action. Fished some rocks, but a lot of weeds.
I have a few days open, first half of September, will be in Alaska the 15th-26th booked thru the 16th of October, 2nd half of October I have a lot of open days. I am dedicating the 24th to musky fishing (prime moon phase) If I don't get a customer, I'm taking a day off to musky fish. I won't have any minnows in the boat unless I decide to catch a few walleyes for bait.