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Fished the 23rd through 29th by fisherman landing area. Tool the kids on vacation the 1st time. 6 yr old and 3 yr old. Targeted pamfisb with slip bobbers the whole week. Caught a lot of mice perch 9 inch to biggest 12 inches. Caught plenty of mice gills. Couldn't get on nice crappie like I have in the past but caught a few just over 10. Got into a few walleye 15 inches and a few nice smallies. Stumps in 3 to 4 row and cribs is all we fished. Til next year tff
MOON PHASE (41%)
76° - 80° F
Spent six nights camping off of Fisherman's Landing. Fishing was pretty good overall. Fished 8-14 FOW with wood, also fished some shoreline timber. Didn't catch that many walleyes, but smallies and big jumbo perch were abundant. Everything was caught on either 1/8 slowfall or jacks jigs with half a crawler both on slip bobbers and slowly jigging on the bottom. Tried leaches the first 4 days and didnt catch a fish then just switched to strickly crawlers. Caught about a dozen pike, all but 1 had a ton of black spots all over them. Muskie fished a few days and only caught 1 snake northern. We used top water baits and bucktails. My son didnt want to use his new swim bait he just bought because he was scared to get it snagged, which was a good choice. Had a bunch of good fish frys and enjoyed watching the eagles and loons all day.
MOON PHASE (31%)
Fished 2 days of 3 days planned, day 1 a scratch when the Humminbird went off the grid and I had to drive back home to buy a new unit and replace - didn't notice on the box that the new unit uses SD micro so my old Lakemaster chip (SD) was useless. So, for navigation, I used memory and caution. I had my son and wife with me, so panfish action was the goal. Found them, somewhat, on 6 - 8' depth stumps, and some good fish in shallow emergent weeds. Used crawler pieces or Gulp fry on small jigs. Did get a couple bass, no pike (weird), no muskies seen. We did get on some big rock bass, which I gladly take and are great fish fry guests. Weighed my bag of clean, skinless filets - 3.5#, which will hopefully fill the inlaw's bellies. Weather was perfect, bugs are about avg., lots of loons, eagles, otters, ospey, fox, deer, turkey, a prehistoric snapping turtle..... which is great for those in your boat that don't really care about fishing (my wife), but enjoy the wildlife.
bretobert1 Thanks for the musky bait info, did look at the perch swim bait. If I were going to design one it would be more shaped like a real perch and have the frantic action of a hooked perch, would probably need to be multi jointed to replicate that action.
The munched up one in the picture was in the mouth a big musky for quite a while before he gave it up.
MOON PHASE (31%)
76° - 80° F
71° - 75° F
..... Continuation of yesterdays fishing report. One of the enjoyable aspects of my job is getting to know repeat customers. Last Saturday younger couple wanted to see a different part of the flowage, I told them I hadn't fished there in over a month but we could give it a try. After 4 walleye spots and no fish I asked if they wanted to try something different as long as we were in the area. I tied short 20lb, steel leader to the spinning rods and put on spinner baits, Boonie baits to be particular. The fish in the "walleye spots" weren't active but the fish in the shallow weeds were. In three or four hours of fishing we boated a dozen pike, had a nice muskie to the boat, caught a 20" largemouth (biggest in my boat) a heavy 32" pike(biggest in my boat in a long time) and much to my surprise two 16" walleyes, all on the spinner baits.
Fisherman, myself included, get "set in their ways" and often only do one type of fishing, like customer mentioned who for years only cast rapalas, he found learning to catch them with the more finesse form of jig fishing to be very rewarding. My favorite fish to catch is a walleye and my favorite way to catch them is on a light jig but there are a lot of ways to have fun out there.
After a couple slower days the fish decided they were hungry again. In the morning I guided two fisherman who had no interest in walleye fishing. We cast a variety of baits in shallow weeds, I stuck with the spinner baits, we caught 15 pike and one largemouth, they weren't on fire but it wasn't too bad. Was dissapointed not to tie into a muskie they don't always cooperate.
In the afternoon I fished with a family, I was curious how the walleye would be biting. First spot nothing. It is a funny thing, after fishing most of the 180 days of the open water season the past several years you sometimes, not always, but often, you have a read on whether they will bite. There are days when things look right, good chop, wind , dark skies but something just doesn't feel right, and your feeling is in sinc with the fish, they don't bite. Yesterday afternoon mix of clouds and sun, light wind, kind of a hazy sky it felt right. We fished three other spots, caught over 20 walleyes, kept 7, no big fish but a lot of action.
The pan fish have been slow to show up on the deeper wood where they are often found in the summer. We have been starting to catch some nice bluegills and an occasional crappie in the deeper wood where we are finding walleyes but nothing like at this time last year, where they are I'm not sure, as long as the walleyes bite I'm not looking too hard. There are a lot of perch on some of the spots, in the approximate 4 hours yesterday we went through 4 dozen crawlers and 2 dozen leeches, bring a lot of bait!
A new bridge was installed a couple years back. From memory, a good size pontoon boat is now able to fit under the bridge at full-pool.
Not sure about exact water depth, or clearance under the bridge but that number changes as water level changes throughout the summer.
Has anyone ever taken their boat from TFF to Trude lake, or vice versa?
I see that there is a small bridge that goes over the passage and I was curious what the clearance of that area is, as well as depth of water.
Thanks for any details!