Caught one. Nice fish. You reminded of my next spot I need to get too. Off to Wisconsin this weekend. Was she in a creek yet?
Hit the river again today during the worst of the weather, got rain, snow, sleet blowing in my face for an hour and a half. Fish did not seem to mind, 7 smallies and a sucker. Thought I had a nice smallie on at first. Missed a lot of fish this time, and lost an absolute pig of a smallie. He completely straightened out my hook. Biggest today only went 16", I got a couple large suckers from Bob thinking either a pike or big smallie would bite, instead a 9" sucker caught the smallest smallmouth of the day at 14". Not sure when I will be back out but was surprised to see these fish active as the same guy has been fishing it every day for the last 10 days straight. But theu were there and biting. Not sure when I will make it back out so Goodluck guys.
Got out again but only for an hour as it was a busy day. Slowest night I've had in 2 weeks. Managed 4 largemouth and 2 walleyes. Curious to see how other did today elsewhere or of it is this warm up that shut them down. Biggest walleye went 20" and my biggest largemouth went 15". My daughter caught a dozen small bluegills and crappie on a jig and float. She also managed to get the big bass of the day a 16" largemouth. Shes only 8 and already out fishing her dad. Same deal, went to my last resort spot a very small creek mouth and really had to work for these fish. Didnt miss any fish so just very few bites in general. With the front moving in Friday id say Thursday should be awesome to those that can make it out, I unfortunately can't until Saturday. Good luck guys
Tried to go spot hopping on the river today but after plans a,b,c, and d didn't work out as there was 2+ people at each spot I had to go to my last resort as it was getting late. Thankfully I have several areas that produce fish but it took a lot of time and effort over the years to find them. Fished for an hour and 20 mins with my daughter. Caught a few walleye, biggest going 21" and fat. Same deal, very small creek off the river stayed at the mouth and fished the current/slack water transition. Fish were holding in the current right on the edge. Also missed a couple more. Also Caught several largemouth in the slack water but nothing big with 16" being the biggest. A couple guys saw me Wednesday doing real good on smallies and have had a large group with them at the spot every day since so haven't had a chance to try it again. I did see them catch a couple so its still producing, but not like it was. Typically I catch a lot more walleye after dark and was setting up for the night when I got a call from my pops so we had to call it a night. He shot a nice buck so left and took my daughter to give him a hand. Will be interesting to see how this warm up affects the fishing. Can't make it out until next wkend most likely but will try if I can and post results.
Dan, nice meeting you. Good luck, will probably cross paths again.
These fish came from several different locations along the river except for the smallmouth. The small mouth were all from one spot and I believe the closest launch is off main below the dam
Pete, where would somebody launch a boat there if possible?
Thank you very much for these wonderful tips! Definitely will give a try. Usually I use 1/16 jig and 2.5 inches gulp minnows and other plastics to target crappies & white bass.
I haven't got too many crappies, its always just one here and there. But that could be because I'm not really targeting them. Im using a big 1/4oz jig head and a gulp 3" minnow. Pretty large presentation to be truly targeting crappie. I seem to always get one random one each time, but usually when there's one there's more. Maybe downsize the presentation at these creek mouths and backwaters and fish the slack water, should produce crappie and white bass.