Things are winding down for the year and had a great day on the Rainbow. We even through back 25 crappies. Thanks everyone for a great year. Hope to see you all next year!!
Not sure why you would want to catch a bullhead, but if I were you I may try bottom fishing crawlers near the dam at dusk/night. I have caught a few big ones in the past while fishing other species. Always after the sun goes down and on crawlers. Good luck!
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Fished last two days and did pretty well on the channel edges. Fish are tight to wood. I met some of my new neighbors up here this weekend. Pretty cool guys. I hope to find many friends to fish with. Still haven't caught a big fat bullhead yet. It will definitely make my grandpa smile when I finally do. When I was a little boy he would take me fishing and we would catch them. I haven't caught one in like 35 years.
MOON PHASE (82%)
Was up last week (23rd-29th). Water temps in the southern end of the flowage went from 71 degrees Saturday down to 63 degrees by Friday. Had only limited success fishing our normal fall spots with a mixed bag of large crappies and decent perch in 12-15 feet of water. On Friday I took the advice I have given those that PM'd me throughout the summer and we went out on a guided trip with Bruce Gruening. Best fishing investment I have made in years. Bruce is extremely knowledgeable and willing to share insights and techniques. Best of all he works hard and really wants to put his clients on fish. It was total cold front conditions, yet we had action most of the time we spent with him. Came away with a nice mixed bag (including some of those yellow bullheads Homeboy is looking for, though those weren't kept), and would have had a few more if the guy in the back of the boat (me) executed a few hook sets better. Bruce also loves to talk hunting and fishing with you. I would recommend him to anyone looking to catch fish on the flowage- I know it has changed the way we will be approaching our fall trips in the future. Thanks Bruce!
Hey Trob, I will be there the 5th- 10th. I got a place at Willows End. And I'm on my own the whole time. Send me a message. Or anyone around that is alone and wants to fish. I'm hoping to find some friendly locals to hangout with and catch some dinner..
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I bought a place very very close to the Willow. I have came up for twice a year for a couple years now. I found out about the place from crazy Gillespie. And he wasn't lying its beautiful. But not so easy as they seem to make it. But since I bought the place I have spent at least 70 days this summer on the Willow. I can say the guide Bruce G. is a great guide. My friend came up a few weeks ago and hired him. And we went with him. And basically changed how I fish now. Dude is smart... worth every penny. I'm from Illinois but spend a week here every 13 days. Job willing. So if there is anyone locally that likes to fish. And has no one to fish with. And wants to split costs I got a nice setup. I'm always by myself because none of my friends have close to the time I get off. I'm 46 years old. I get friends up occasionally. But usually alone. I will be up on the 6th. I have caught huge crappie,and nice walleye,bluegill, and northern. But as crazy as it seems. I'm looking to find big yellow belly bullhead! Its one of the greatest memories of my childhood. and I keep hearing about catching them. I hear you catch them on accident. I want to catch them. I see big ones in the garbage of my resort. But not caught one. Please tell me how to catch them. That would be cool.
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North end from campground = Monday thru Thursday AM. Monday surface temps 73.8, Thursday surface temps 65.4.
Of 40+ walleyes caught 4 made the grease 16-18". Future looks good as many 9-14" fish were released.
The crappies were active and 10-14+". Perch were good too. All fish caught jigging minnows in the wood, 15-17 FOW.
Oh, a huge bowfin added to the fun.
Lost: hatchet head
Camped on paradise island group site (G2) in mid-July. Handle broke off and I think we forgot the head, on or near the picnic table. It was my grandpa's and I would like to get it back, if anyone happened to find it