Made my last ousting for the 2016 spring walleye / whitebass run. Obligations are taking me to other bodies of water, and I suspect I won't be back on the Wolf until mid summer. Foremost, I want to thank a few people/businesses that really make the a difference for time spent on the Wolf.
1. Our law enforcement agencies. It's a welcoming sight to see the presence they bring and their efforts. They can't see everything, and can't prevent all stupidity. But the frequent presence they have is a good thing for us all.
2. Hotel Fremont. The staff is always friendly, rooms are basic but clean, food is great, and the little things they do for guests is always appreciated. Fish cleaning station, discarding tons of fish guts, and freezers is a huge plus.
3. Fremont Bait/Tackle - Chris. Honesty and integrity is what Chris has brought to this business. No matter how busy he is, he still tries to give all the help he can to aid in people catching fish. Generous with bait and prices are reasonable to the market. Chris has also stocked a number of products specific to the river and listens to those that provide quality reports.
4. Fellow fishermen/women. The tradition of the runs are nearly timeless. Generation after generation has continued to make this migration to the river. The vast majority of people I work with and meet are great people and make each year as fun or more as the last.
Like many others, the hardest part was locating concentrations of w/b. They're scattered out between very shallow and main channel. Additionally, there are fish in multiple stages of the run. Many are still spawning, some are done, and others have started the down run. We went in full attack mode with the full arsenal. Spinners, cranks, jig/plastics, flies, blades..... each small school we came across had their own temperament and different baits produced while others failed. It was just a case of throw everything at them to find what they wanted. When it shut down, throw something different. When nothing no longer worked, move. Fished from the tressel by Gills down to near the Rat.
3 guys had 117 wb and 9 walleyes. Many of the females were caught shallow and we're pouring eggs. Still plenty of time to get in on the action.
Have a great summer and I wish everyone success