Had three young guys out today, all 19 years old,Joe,Johnny and Hayden from the Chicago area we fished for muskies for 8 hours without a break. Flat and sunny most of the day, mid 80's. We worked mostly shallow weeds but did try for some lower percentage deep water fish with rubber. They were very proficient with bait casters, been coming to Springstead since they were young kids. I picked them up at the Springstead landing, as we idled out asked them if they have a fish fry while they're up here they said they mostly musky fish and when fishing for the other species don't get enough fish for a fish fry. The parents back at the resort had told them, if Jeff offers to keep and clean some fish you be sure to take him up on it. I enjoy sending customers back with fish for a fish fry while "up north". We caught 13 pike, 1 big smallmouth and two musky. The musky weren't big but it was really nice to net a couple today. An aprox. 32" hit a bucktail on a rock/wood shoreline and a really pretty 26" tiger musky came off a favorite area with everything for structure: rock, stumps and weeds.
I have noticed a lot of my favorite weed musky spots have little weed growth this year, I guess due to the high water ( for most of the spring/early summer) and the cold spring.
At days end my crew who had barely a back lash all day started having back lashes and the accompanying snagged baits, they were beat and cooked pretty thoroughly by the full sun. I didn't want to sit in my boat and clean the 5 pike we kept for their fish fry so drove to Donner's to use the fish house.
Nice young men, a pleasure to fish with.
Pops 23 I think and tell customers all the time, if you are on a spot for 20 minutes (especially the way i fish with bobbers, dead stick and casting jigs, lot of lines in the water) and don't catch a fish , move on.
Some of the "big water" humps don't have much structure on them,mostly sand, look for a lot of stumps and hard bottom.
One thing I like about musky fishing is I have some slow idle time between spots (I'm always watching my gizmo) today I think I punched in three new waypoints, big stumps on a steep break going from 6-10' I'm sure they'll produce walleyes at some point in time. i think the last one was waypoint 1,370 something, granted many are spots I marked that I have ruled out and don't fish anymore.
I enjoy hearing the stories of how it used to be, one of our relatives was a well known guide on the flowage who started guiding in 1945, I wish I would have got to hear the stories from him first hand.
Hi Paul thanks for the report those are nice fish, not trophies to an avid musky fisherman but nice fish, especially when they're on the end our your line! I think "legal muskie" is kind of an archaic term, maybe relevant if you are in a musky tournament with a size limit but honestly pretty much nobody keeps muskies anymore. From what I hear and have seen, been a slower year, glad you're having some action, hopefully they're starting up.
St.Croix kid, one of the best things about this site is all the good people such as yourself I've met. Talked to Don at days end, he didn't have numbers today but his text picture showed some quality walleyes on the stringer, he made it all day in the full sun and flat water.