The dock at Fishermans does get pulled out eventually because it is on bigger water than the others. I believe it was mid november last year, I was out on the lake when they pulled it but I don't really need a dock anyways.
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I took my wife and son for a boat ride from our home on the turtle river side around Big Island through Baraboo and slowly inched our way into Blair Lake for the first time. It was just beautiful and maybe my new favorite place in the flowage. My son cast musky lures for awhile and we just enjoyed the beauty.
On a negative note we fished musky all weekend and did not see a fish... :(
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Thank you for posting a report, very nice pictures. Your nephew Jackson is on his way to becoming a very good fisherman with your mentorship. I generally begin the day with my lengthy dialog on how to jig and how to catch fish with the slip bobbers, often this is out of habit, the day with you and Jackson I didn't bother, it was obvious you do a lot of fishing and he was already well taught. It is always a pleasure to fish with such enthusiastic fisherman. Hopefully you learned something, the "snap twang" trick will save you a lotta jigs, laugh!
On that day I did deviate from the pattern that has worked well the last month on walleyes, based on other peoples reports we tried some stump humps and did find some nice blue gills, not big numbers but quality fish. These humps were in the 6-8' range. Our biggest bass and walleyes were still in the magic depth range of 12-14' relating mostly to wood structure, best spot did have wood and rock.
Yesterday despite the weather we had a fun day. Apparently most people chose to sit it out, I think we saw three boats all day and fished and roamed a big area on the flowage. At times it rained hard other times mist, at days end after the last cast we looked over the mist rising off the big water area, not a boat in sight, and discussed the satisfaction of making it a full day in the cold rain. Counting my outer rain coat I had 5 layers on my upper body and kept warm, Chuck's son Dave was shivering but rather endured the cold than quit. It was hard to stop fishing as the fish really turned on in the afternoon.
I enjoy different kinds of fishing, yesterday we never baited a hook just cast funny looking baits that make you wonder what the fish think they are. The morning started slow, by the time we ate our sandwiches the fish count was only at 8, a nice smallmouth a crappie and 6 pike, slow for the prime water we were fishing. In the afternoon we fished a different part of the flowage and the fish slowly woke up, by the time we quit it was one of those special times when most fish you get a bait in front of will hit it. We caught a lot of pike, a largemouth in a place I didn't expect to see one and three muskies, no big ones but really exciting catching them.
The first musky came off an island shoreline, combination of rock, weeds and a downed tree, a short cast to shore with the boat in 12' of water. The second fish another island shoreline with shallow weeds growing in mostly sand with a more gradual drop to deeper water. I believe these weeds were smartweed or some call waterwillow they were also very productive for pike. The third and biggest fish came from the backside of the same island, I told the customers to throw where there was cabbage last year I assume it was there again, on a darker day its harder to see. To end the day we were close to where I knew a big one lived, I positioned the boat with the electric while they cast, on the 1st or second cast Chuck had a fish hit but didn't connect, not sure it was the big one but we couldn't fool the fish with other baits.
We released a lot of fish but I kept 10 or 12 of the pike, the bigger ones I filleted for the customers, taking the y bones out the smaller ones I kept for pickling and just took the rib bones out of. As I've said in the past they are very good eating and there are a lot of them out there.
Last post about age of walleyes, I wish I had taken an exact measurement of the small walleye it was probably less than 7" somewhere between 5-1/2 and 7. Yesterday my customers told me they caught a couple the day before they thought about 6". I did read the information fish biologist posted, I thank you. I thought it was really an odd size fish to catch for the time of year, is it really big from this year? or really small from last year? I'm going with big from this year here is my logic. In the DNR Fisheries information sheet in front of me is the data collected from April 12th- April 20th of 2016. The length of the walleyes collected ranged from 8"-29" . The corresponding bar graph shows approximately 2,000 fish in the 10-11" range with fish under 10" negligible. I would have to conclude that these were the fish hatched the previous year. The only other conclusion that could be drawn is that fish smaller than 8" are too small to collect or that there was almost zero reproduction the previous year. In the fall, electro shocking is used to see how successful the spring hatch was. The shocking is effective only down to around 4' of water, it was awhile ago but if my memory serves me correctly the walleyes from the spring were about 6" in the fall. I would think most of the growth is in the summer months. It would be really interesting to know the age, I would wager a Cuban cigar that the fish was from this year, especially if it was more like 5-1/2-6" but I could certainly be wrong.
I'll post some pictures of baits I like, I think down sizing the baits is a lot more fun you get more action from fish other than muskies and I'm not so sure your reducing your chances much of catching even a big muskie. I do bring an arsenal of tackle and let customers decide big or small depending what their goals are. Yesterday two of the three muskies including the biggest one and the biggest pike were caught on bass size spinner baits. The third musky was caught on a smaller bucktail, the largemouth was on a muskie size mepps bucktail, black hair, orange blade.
Nice to have other people posting it is a more interesting site getting other opinions and hearing of fishing successes.