Haha, yeah I've seen them. Highly productive. No one ever laid on their death bed wishing they'd spent LESS time fishing.
My first experience on the Wolf River was a few weeks ago, that warm Friday the day after Thanksgiving. I went to the public launch on Fremont, under the bridge. Each of the three ramp slips had boats in them when I pulled up to launch, so I did a loop and went to the parking lot to wait. No trucks were moving. There were a few guys walking around the lot drinking beer, talking to some speed boat guys, but no obne was starting any truck and trailer to go retrieve, so I figured they must have just launched, and were just getting their stuff together. 30 minutes passed. I started wondering if the three boats were coming out of the water for the year, and they were waiting on a spouse or buddy to come meet them at the ramp. Each boat had at least once person in it. Two had a person in the boat, one guy was sitting on the pier holding the boat with his legs.
I finally asked one of the parking lot strollers if he knew what everyone was waiting for. He said, "Waiting? No one's waiting. We're just hanging out, having a beer. Why, have you been waiting to launch this whole time?"
I said, " Of course. You saw me pull up and start a loop, and saw me drive back to the parking lot after I saw all three ramps were busy. I didn't think anyone would be such an a**hole to just clog a public launch and drink beer, not even caring who wanted to go out or come in."
He said, "We're not a**holes. We're just hanging out."
Yeah, you are. You're the definition of an a**hole.
Ok, Sanderman, since you sent a very complimentary PM, I'll give one more proven tactic on the Wolf.
Look for a boat with the sticker "No bad days" on it. If you find it, you'll be over fish. If your not catching, ask Christine to teach you. She rocks that river
Sanderman, I'm sure you wouldn't refer to any of my secrets
A) fish at night
B) when the river is froze
C) keep going up river until there are no boats
D) go down river until there are no boats
E) fish the lakes
F) Christmas Day
G) find structure or subtle pockets no one else fishes
H) follow a gray bassboat that is avoiding the crowds
I) if you see 20 boats stacked over 20fow and they aren't catching much, drift shallower away from them
J) if 20 boats are fishing less than 14 for and that aren't doing much, go deeper and away from them
K) jump in the party and use something very different...except blade baits...they don't work lol
L) take one day and don't fish while on the river. Just run a sidescan and explore all the stuff no one fishes
M Through Z are my secrets
Any decent places to shore fish those walleyes?
Accessible shore fishing areas is tough to find. There is much there as most shoreline is private.
Toy and Sand are both spot on for the congestion and dealing with it. Yes, it would be nice to be spread out and have miles to ourselves. But fishing the Wolf has never been that way. If you look back to pics from the 40's, it was packed. As mentioned, each time you might need to adjust your drift because someone came in beneath you. Most of my drift lines wonder because i found certain points of structure I follow. Makes it tough for me to slide over when its crowded. The guy next to me would never know I needed to "slide", so I just go with it and adjust as I can.
A lot of the day's success is attitude. I can either get frustrated and have a crappy day, or go with it and have a great day
On this river, someone is ALWAYS pulling in front and behind someone else. The majority of people try to pull up either ahead of behind you based on their drift speed vs yours along with what Toyman said. For the most part, if you don't like how someone nudged up to you, just pull up and start your drift over. In the long run it's the least aggravating of solutions. Just be thankful no one anchored right in the sweet spot of your run.
The more 12" walleye people keep, the less 16" and such they keep. Gotta cull those little fellas out, give the rest room to grow. There's a reason the DNR sets the regulations they way they do.