A day off today, family up, my left hand is not quite feeling right? Oh there's no fishing pole in it, been really busy but I'll be out fishing in a couple hours with family.
Been awhile since last report , would be too many stories to tell in a report all the fun had and fish caught.
Walleye fishing has been good, some of the best depth ranges have been 10-11' rocks and wood on some of the offshore humps. Deeper wood in 13-15'. With the wind blowing hard a couple days ( a very refreshing change) we caught fish very shallow 2-1/2-4' of water. The fish fight hard in the shallow water, lot of fun to catching them there, shallow wood and weeds.
One group I really look forward to fishing with every year took place in the last week. We were going to have a late day shore dinner with potentially 8 people to feed. We had a mixed bag of fish in the livewell with some walleyes but they were pretty slow that day. Don Pemble had told me where there were some shallow blue gills, I suggested we go try them. They were mostly small but we accumulated more fish in the well with some nice keeper size gills, customers had a blast catching them, had some excitement when a musky grabbed one we were bringing in. We were getting close with the fish swimming in the well. Back to walleyes, shallow weeds, pitching jigs, I set the hook into a big pike and wrestled him out with a tangle of weeds to go with the fish, that clinches it! Enough fish, I'm officially done working I'll have a beer! We headed to Donner's where I borrowed the fish cleaning house while they patronized the bar. We went to Maryanne Brown's place (Lodge of Lake View) and used her outdoor BBQ for a fish fry. My customers knew her since they were little kids coming to her lodge, she joined us, great way to end the day! As it turned out we had more fish than we needed and they took fish home.
Found a good number of smallmouth on a 13-14' wood spot on the edge of a small 10' hump, caught them there 2 days in a row mostly bobbers some casting. Other than that haven't tried for them, probably 8-10' rock would be the best.
The musky report from the guy who fishes them more than anybody on the TFF is that it has been a very slow year, he pulled up the other day and said he was going be a walleye guide anybody can catch them. I had a half day trip on the 4th (first musky fishing trip), grandfather and 13 year old grandson, last year he caught his first pike with me, this year he had a new rod and they wanted to try for musky. An hour and a half into the trip, throwing a mepps musky killer over 5' cabbage the 13 year old set the hook into a hard fighting 34" musky, not long but a nice thick fish, he was ecstatic when we got the fish in the net. The second shift was with granddaughter and mom in the afternoon, oh boy we heard about the pike for two weeks, a musky, this is going to be really bad. A couple days ago I anchored on a spot shouting distance away from the musky guy fishing with his wife for walleyes and yelled over how easy they are to catch, I might quit guiding for them, no challenge.
After guiding I fished a walleye spot waiting for family to meet me at the dock, then spent an hour throwing for muskies, had a musky come off a weed point and hit my buck-tail at boat side, reaching back for the net the fish came unhooked, exciting seeing them hit the bait.
The blue gills are starting to show up in the variety of structure they occupy after spawning, We've been having some nice mixed bag catches of fish lately with gills, walleyes, big perch and some days quite a few pike, yesterday spent an enjoyable day fishing with a couple guys close to my age, I cleaned 7 pike with the other fish. At shore lunch I made pike and perch, customer Kyle said he liked the pike a little better than the perch.
Time to put my left hand back to good use. Have a great day.