Interesting day on the Rock on Saturday. Junk fish weren't biting well. Week before I got 23 Carp, 11 Channels and 4 Redhorse. They were running me ragged.
This week I only saw 3 Carp and 4 Channels (though one was a 31 incher :-)). But I did have a walleye pick up a cut bait for the first time. 16 incher. Looked real healthy. Released in good order. Since the lines weren't very active, I was glad I'd brought along my ultralight. Tied on a small Acme Kastmaster and threw it for a while. Ending up catching 6 Smallies in the 10"-13" range. They all seemed chubby for that length, so they must be eating well. Also picked up one of the stocker Muskies we put in at Riverside a couple weeks ago. Still no Bowfin though :-(.
As always, all fish but the carp were returned to the river. Lots of fallen leaves in the river right now. They collect on the lines which is a bit of a hassle. Water is definitely cooling rapidly. Might explain the downturn in the Carp bite.
Had a small flock of Pine Siskins show up later in the morning. It's TOO EARLY for that! :-(