Been pleasantly surprised with the walleye bite this past week. Smallmouth has been very good on many of the days with most of the fish in the release size slot of 14-18"
Haven't done great in the depth I generally fish this time of year, deeper wood 12-16', we've been fishing wood/rock structure in the 7-11' range, sometimes a little shallower.
Had a day of musky fishing in with a younger couple, saw three fish one hit right at the side of the boat and came unhooked, the other a nicer fish came off just before the net.
My portfolio of locations on bigger muskies is growing, in the last 4 days , one grabbed a rock bass at boatside hung on for a long time before spitting. yesterday one took a walleye after a few minute fight he figured out the walleye was fighting a little too hard and let go.
St. Croix Kid I bought two pounds a couple of weeks ago in anticipation, should have bought more, the smallies have really been gobbling them up.
Pops 23 The musky troller in "the boat that appeared to be guide driven boat" I doubt it, I'm out everyday, fish the north end at times, never saw a guide trolling for muskies, legal to do, live and let live, don't know any guides on the however tff that troll for muskies.
Have some open time next week, been busy , struggle to get a report out lately.