Sorry for the delay. 4 of us spent an entire week on the Willow from July 25th to August 1st. The weather was hot and sunny for 4 days and then a bit more windy the last few. Besides all the beers we drank here is the fishing report:
LOCATION: We camped 6 miles from the dam. We went straight back from the boat launch and then right towards the river channel. We spent most of our time fishing 1/2 mile outside the river channel. There are several rocks surfacing and that's where the most action was. We had NO action in the actual river channel (maybe 1 fish). Nothing on the shorelines either.
BAIT: Anything white and pink worked. White mepps spinner worked well for northerns. Pink and white jigs with a leech for the walleyes/perch.
DEPTH: Most of our fish were caught in 8-12 ft of water. We had ZERO luck on the shoreline..not one bite and that was even with a worm and bobber. There were absolutely zero fish of any size by the shorelines. We did fish off the rock in the middle with some success.
8 walleyes: 3 right off large rocks in the middle by the river channel, shallow water using artificial worm (firetail worm), 5 all caught while jigging the bottom with white/pink color and leeches. Sizes: 13" to 19" . we ate the larger ones and they were delicious
4 Perch: same thing, jigging with leeches in 10ft of water. Biggest one was 10-11 inches maybe
4 bullheads: some of us got lazy on the jigging and probably left it on the bottom too long
4 northern: mostly casting with a white mepps, biggest was 25", others were snakes
1 small mouth bass: 14" casting with a mepps near the rock in the middle by the river channel
No bluegills, no crappies.
I trolled a bobber and a worm then entire time, all week long...had one hit but nothing else. It was pretty sad. At one point I lost the will to cast my line out there so I just sat on the boat and dipped/drank the entire time. It was a rough go - 4 guys fishing most mornings and every evening and we caught only 20 some fish in total.
During the day we had 2-4 lines out from our campsite with a bobber and jig/leach set up. We had some luck and bites. I had a monster fish on...biggest one of the trip, maybe a large walleye or huge northern. I had it to the shore but as we were about to net it it took off for a log stump and spit the jig out. It was a huge fish and my knees were trembling after. It was tough forgetting about that but the beer helped. Hope this helps, let me know if you have questions!
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