Are the slo fall weedless jigs still productive. Last fall they where my go to jig
MOON PHASE (99%)
56° - 60° F
51° - 55° F
There is indeed a good population of nice sized perch on the flowage. Yesterday while targeting walleyes we did find some good perch. The perch were in shallow laid down logs in the 4-6' depth and In stumps in 7-8' depth. Myself and solo customer kept a few walleyes, released others (same spots as perch also in 12' rock/wood) and some nice perch we also took a couple pike out of the food chain, they are voracious feeders. Learn how to clean them, they are just as good eating as walleyes. I did find a youtube video on the method I use, I will try to refind and mention in another post.
Some nice smallmouth also caught in the 4-8' wood.
Extra large fathead minnows slip bobbers and jigging.
Cool report, thanks... true about floating danger, even if you have a gps track from last spring, you need to takereasy to be sure no new trouble has moved in...
Cool on theperch...nice!
Lol@"seems like first trip I'm always hosting gremlins".....
MOON PHASE (99%)
51° - 55° F
Fished Monday and today. I target big perch first, and I found them - limits both days, 10 - 11 3/4", just couldn't crack 12". Also got 3 keeper waldos, about 10 bass, a dozen pike (I actually moved away from these, they were tearing the joint up), and a few rock bass. Had fuel line and sonar problems, seems like first trip I'm always hosting gremlins. I fished shallow mud flats with wood and wind blown shallow rock, not much on the rock. Thanks to Marv (Donners) for the generous scoop of crappies fats, lasted me 2 days and I still had a dozen left. Small jigs, small minnows. I threw a perch Rapala, but only 2 bass on that. Oh yeah, while sitting at anchor on one spot, I felt my boat start leaning and shifting, I turned around and here's a 40' cedar snag climbing my anchor rope. Even while sitting you have to watch it out here.
MOON PHASE (95%)
51° - 55° F
46° - 50° F
The long awaited opening weekend came with clear skies, cold morning temperatures, Jackets stayed on all day. Parking lots were full as is typical, by noon on Sunday most of the boats were off the water also a standard.
Saturday we fished a wide range of structure and depths but couldn't put together any kind of consistent pattern on walleyes. We did the best in 12-14 fow water our biggest fish in 20'. We did find big perch in 7-8 fow with a bottom combination of big diameter stumps , rock and sand. We bobber fished for the perch, many of the deeper spots we just worked with 1/8 oz. weedless jigs and extra large fatheads, the minnows also worked on the big perch, no need to downsize the bait on these fish. Also in the catch a couple of smallmouth, released (not open yet) and a pike.
Sunday with the same cold north wind we tried drifting shallow wood in the 4-6 ' depth using slip bobbers, jigging and I threw a crank bait. Our first pass we had a big perch and a nice walleye, our second pass I caught a good one on a jointed rapala. Third pass a double header on nice walleyes where I hit the mark button. We fished about a football size area moving around from anchored positions. By early afternoon we had a limit of mostly 14-16" walleyes and a couple bonus perch.
It did seem like many of the campers stayed an extra day, we had to do a little driving to find an open campsite for our shore lunch. I was bragging to my wife the night before that one of the next days fisherman, Dan, was a skilled mushroom hunter and would be bringing a big bag of morels to go with the shore lunch. We met at the bait shop in the morning and the first thing Dan mentioned was that he forgot the mushrooms at the cabin, what!? are you kidding! Oh well at least he didn't forget the cigars. As always fished with some great guys this weekend had a lot of good laughs.
Most of may is full, I do however have some open days this week: Friday and Sunday.
Hope everyone had a good weekend.
Picture is at r-21 no picnic table but a nice wind sheltered site.