I spent the last 4 days fishing walleyes in the lower bay. I can say the bite is tough, but walleyes can still be had!! Thursday I took brothers Larry and Ed out, as they were in town for the weekend to chase walleyes and learn locations. We fished 5 hours in the morning, with a good crankbait bite found among rocks in 10-15'. #7 flicker minnows and flicker shads did the damage, with 18 beautiful walleyes coming to the net. We released several in the 21-25" range, with the guys keeping a bunch of nice 16-19" eaters and a couple jumbo perch.
Friday I spent a full day with Mark and crew, working the same areas that were successful Thursday, only to find water temps had dropped a few degrees and the bite not nearly as good as Thursday. In 8 hours we caught 4 walleyes and 1 pike, along with some drum and kitties. Very tough indeed!!
Saturday I spent the afternoon with new friends Brian and John, as we fished several spots. We managed 5 walleyes and 1 jumbo perch. Jigging shiver minnows in the rocks was our best approach. Sunday was an instant replay, as Brian and John took home 5 more walleyes and 1 more perch.
I believe one of the factors which is making fishing tough is the constant algae bloom along with the staining from the algae as it breaks up. The leftover brownish tint to the water is cutting visibility down to a foot or less. Hopefull we'll get the typical fall conditions soon!! Capt Jerry.