Opened the cabin on Friday. Fished a couple hours Saturday afternoon 5-7 pm. Being able to troll has made a big difference. Trolled around 2/3 of the lake, near the outer edge of the weeds. Most weeds are up to 18" below the surface, so caught a fair number of weeds. Started with a perch pattern original Rapala size 9 or 11. Dove too deep, so switched to a Yozuri crystal minnow, 3 1/2" size--also kept the rod tip elevated to avoid the weeds. Did much better. Caught three hammer handles, a decent crappie and, surprise surprise, 2 walleyes. Both walleyes were chubby. One was just under 14", the other about 11". In the 50 some years I have fished Pioneer I had caught exactly one walleye before yesterday. Most people will say there aren't enough walleyes in the lake to target them. Maybe that is changing. Probably 10 other boats out. When I launched, one boat coming in said they were blanked on Muskies but caught some nice crappies. Lake is up about 6" above normal.
I bought a place on Church Rd. three years ago and I have caught a lot of small bass and northern on the north end of the lake. I am primarily a musky fisherman and have fished for them twice on Pioneer with no luck. I have caught them on several other local lakes but it would be nice to get some tips for my home lake. Any advice would be awesome.