First time out on this body of water. Decided to leave the house early at midnight and for me its a 3.5hr drive and wanted to get the most of the day and see if I could catch a big girl up shallow in a positive feeding mode. Launched by the dam and started working the steep vertical ledges near shore where it would drop from 8fow to 15-20fow, with crank baits rattling Smithwick Rogues both 3-way and floaters and now the new trolls to 20's in various colors, even though from my research this system has shad based forage early spring and late fall stick baits seem to do better for me with a slower wabble and action than mid summer cranks like berkly flicker shads.
That being said started off slow and worked a lot of water to find them with only a couple 3-5lb channel catfish to show for all my efforts. Finally as I was about to change my strategy hooked up with a beautiful 29" walleye (released). Immediately marked a waypoint and started making passes as I marked a bunch more fish. Caught a couple more between 15"-22" and a couple of whitebass all before sunrise. The crankin' bite slowed but was still marking fish so I threw out a marker and hit em' with a jigging rapala.
Must have been more tired than I though from a three day fishing binge and all the sun because I quit at 0930 took a nap in the truck and headed home completely exhausted. Great body of water, plenty of eyes, will definitely be coming back this summer when I want to catch some more big girls and take some home for the pan. Other than the ol miss this is the body of water I've been looking for!
Remember to take a kid fishing!