I was able to do a little fishing on Friday afternoon, from shore. Fished the Quarry Launch shoreline. It was borderline unfishable due to heavy wind and waves rolling right in there. Waves were crashing over the wall. But...had 4 smallies on, landing two of them. Both were about 16 inchers. The ones that got off were of similar size. Got them both on plastics. One other brave soul next to me, he got one smallie and a walleye on a crank bait.
Since I had the boat up there, I thought I'd take my wife out for a smallie trip on Saturday. Started near the quarry, working the break line and rock piles. She had a good one on that got off, caught an 18 inch tank and I caught a 12 incher. We worked for about 2.5 hours to get those fish. Just couldn't find them on that shoreline.
Wind was calm so we ventured out into the Bay and onto Larsen's Reef. Moved around using the big motor until the graph showed fish. Then we casted at them. My wife had a huge on right away that jumped and threw the lure. But that was it for the next 30 minutes.
We moved again and the graph lit up with fish. Put spot lock down and started casting. My oh my! In the next 60 minutes we caught 12 smallies. Smallest was 18.5 inches. Biggest was 21. We hit 20 inches or bigger 4 or 5 times. She got the biggest one that measured 21 inches on the bump board, her new personal best! It was crazy. They were just tanks and the fights were amazing. All fish were released, but that was a trip to remember. Not for quantity, but for quality.
Hopefully a couple of these pics show up....