Forgot to post this from yesterday. I took a couple guys out that own a place on Lake Sherwood that wanted to learn how to fish the lake. They're goal was just to catch fish. They didn't want to keep anything so I decided I would keep a few because I've eaten everything I've had in the freezer. We bounced around on a lot of small humps and breaks that almost nobody fishes and caught a mixed bag of everything. We jigged all day. Minnows, crawlers, and snap jigging Rapala jigging raps caught everything. We beat up on countless short walleyes, only one legal, and a lot of goats and cats with a few perch mixed in. We actually stayed in a spot longer than normal just because we were having fun catching sheepshead. I don't do that often but even I was enjoying it when we'd get bit on every cast not knowing if it was a perch, sheepshead, or walleye. With over 30 walleyes on multiple presentations coming in the boat I felt accomplished at the end of the day. I love fishing any time of year but I really am looking forward to October and November when we're not dealing with algae and bugs and walleyes are easily found everywhere in the system with cooler water temps.
Jerry and his son Jake came out for the day to learn Petenwell a little better. They fish out here themselves but never have a lot of luck. I showed them how I work different spots and how I chose where to fish and why. We fished two completely new-to-me spots and they produced! Deep humps over 25 fow with deeper water around it was best. There were fish shallower but they weren't interested in much. I think last night's crazy storm and wind had them in a pretty neutral mood. We landed about 30 walleyes total. Only three legals and no slots. We tried trolling this afternoon for an hour but only managed one crappie. Minnows once again, like yesterday, out-produced crawlers until mid-day when they slowed down and we had to drag jigs with crawlers slowly to get bit.
Stephan and his son Luke joined me for a full day on Petenwell. We started the morning jigging 10-16 foot humps with nothing to show for it. I made a couple moves and finally landed on some fish. We started out with a mix of crawlers and minnows. Minnows definitely out produced crawlers today. Our best spots were 20-28 feet deep on steep drops. During mid day it slowed down a bit so I tried trolling but never even bumped a fish. We went back to jigging and put more fish in the boat on a new spot. Quarter ounce orange, chartreuse, and green/white jigs were best. We finished the day at 2 pm with six legals, a slot, and over 30 shorts, a white bass, a couple smallies and a few cats and goats.
Spent a few hours out on petenwell with my wife this morning, we jigged live bait and did a little trolling. The bite was not fast and furious but consistent. All the fish we caught had belly’s full and fat, looked like they where going to blow up. We caught a few small eyes,catfish,whites,one legal,and a tank 141/4”crappie #aftcofreshwater
Usually the North end of Pete is better on the algae issue. Also when there is chop on the water it keeps it stirred/suspended in the water column. It is worse after a couple of calm days.
Boat traffic during the week is very light on Pete. Also not a lot of Pleasure Boaters on Pete.
I think I'll give it a couple days and take a ride down there and see for how things look. Thanks again for your help.
When I was on Petenwell early this week the south end was really thick. It stuck to your line Like glue.
Westfield - During the week boat traffic is very light on Pete. More on the weekend but only a small fraction of what it is on Castle Rock.