Looking to toss for pike this week, anyone trolling have some sort of direction? Last I heard Clark's Bay was the place to be.
Wondering if the loose weeds have dropped down a little. Last Sat. you couldn't go 100 ft without fouling the cranks with weeds!!!!!! Only 1 small Whitebass for our efforts.
Any one pitching the cane?
Might give that a shot, feel free to message me.
Fished this weekend trolling, 17 fish in 2 days for the 2 of us, all eaters with one 20 incher. Salmos were the ticket... again!
Years ago, like 15 years ago, hotntots, jr thundersticks, waley divers, shad raps, jointed rapalas, Smithwick ratlin rogue, matzuo, sparkle tails, and cleos used to be the ticket. Lately those baits don't see the light of day cuz they stopped producing. Thundersticks occasionally work but salmos are better, often all 3 salmos in the same color is what i run. Funny how things change.
71° - 75° F
Fished Saturday and Sunday. Planer Boards with a lot of different crank baits. We caught a few but very spread out . I know the idea is to find a bait, depth and speed that works and try to repeat that but I had a question for everyone.
Besides Flicker Shads and Salmos do you guys ever have luck with other cranks?
I have had good success with the Storm hot and tots in Canada, but not so much here on Poygan. I also tried smash shads and not much luck. Do you guys find success with any other crank baits besides the usual. It seems like when I deviate from the normal popular colors or styles to try and show them something different it doesn't end up working.
Depending on how much wind they do tend to stack up on the windward side of structure due to the waves rolling and creating a current. I don't know if this works for poygan since there's no set structure areas other than the canes, Indian point and another under water point I know of. The main reason you troll with the wind is 1. Easy to control the boat 2. Easier to control the speed 3. Have everyone going the same direction. It takes 3min to bring in your 6 line's with two people and about 5min to get them put back out. So under 10 min you should be set up to take another pass through an area.
You'll also spend more time fishing where active fish are located. Once you find a few fish you have a spot to target. Running back over that spot again usually produces results. If not, troll on. There's been many days where my limit came from 5 short passes of 1/4 mile or less. Hit the spot, catch a walleye, go back, repeat!
MOON PHASE (98%)
Fishdreamer you are correct troll with the wind. I don't know about fish facing that way but when running boards it keeps everything the same. Cutting cross wind one side will run slower than the other and you won't be able to repeat what's working. Any wind I only run downwind and will dodge around everyone else. Trolling is about repeatability.