We fished Gilmore all day and caught a few tiny Northerns during the day. Very Slow. We did hit a butch of bluegill and bass towards dark. Mostly we froze in the wind.
41° - 45° F
LOL, Laketrout on Gilmore? Sorry to hear about your boat troubles, especially that being a vacation. This lake is fun for "catch rates", but not a go to for us when looking for quality fish, although some do exist. If we could do better with C&R we all would have better opportunites to catch Quality Fish. Same holds true for all waters..
Had a fun week on Gilmore but tough to give advice to others.
Started out with an outboard (on the pontoon that came with the rental house) that woudn't start on Friday or Saturday...after some locals came to 'look' at it, we were able to get it going for a day and a half before it failed to work the rest of the week. Never got to really try fishing most areas of the lake that looked appealing, especially the NE corner where the water comes in. Special thanks to CNorth from here for the tow in on its final positive working leg of the week.
Then, Monday night saw 10-12" of rain fall in about 8 hours...after 2 other rain bursts earlier in the day. The Colton Dam NE of the lake gave way at some point thereafter, releasing 58 acres worth of water from the Colton Flowage into the surrounding area. Most locals I talked to said the lake can raise with heavy rains 1-2 times a year, but this was the worst its ever been.
We were able to get out with the kayaks and rowboat some on Tuesday and Wednesday but high winds and high water made it limited to points close to the rental house....the pier was completely unusable by 5 pm Wed and 3-5' underwater by Thursday morning.
Caught a lot of bluegill on the southern side at the weed edges using crawlers. Found a few LMB in a similar area on crawlers or spinners...simply would not take a T-rig or any other artificial creature presentation, nor any action on buzzbaits at dawn, dusk or anywhere in between. Seemed to like surface frogs but hookups were few and far between.
Also got a few northern between 12-20" on rooster tails or jaw breakers in the reeds. Dad brought in one muskie from the pier near dusk of about 15" on a frog.
We also think we hooked into a lake trout in the 25+ category on a reed edge, but broke the line twice on retrieval, the second of which at the boat as I was trying to net it for brother in law. Never got a good look at the profile but both saw the head clearly.
Wish we could have explored the lake more...hopefully CNorth has some intel from his week up there.
Cdobber just below where it says Gilmore it says more lake information. There's a topo map and stocking information.
Like the previous poster, will be coming up there for family vacation in a couple of weeks. Found a topo map online from DNR but would appreciate any tips. Obviously walleye are still tough to find for those that have posted, though I would assume trolling at dawn/dusk might provide those, or drop shot leech method on bars down here in Mendota has been working well lately. That submerged island in the sw corner looks appealing, as well as the points along the eastern shoreline.
Family vacation in a week on this lake and know nothing about it? Any help would be appreciated. Any possibility of catching a walleye?