To answer a few past questions:
Camping has returned to a normal level this year after unprecedented demand last year.
Cedar cove/ Donner's Bay are centrally located on the TFF, there exists all of the types of structure I personally fish within close proximity to those lodging places along with gas, bait, ice, a quick hamburger, a few good laughs, etc. Those amenities also exist on the north end at the Gateway lodge, food drinks at the Deadhorse as well.
How to locate crappies and walleyes? I haven't been fishing crappies, this "in between time" of spawning and when they show up on deep wood structure mid to late summer,not sure where I would look if I had to find them. As far as locating walleyes, I've said it before there is a wealth of information on this fishing thread, simply scroll back through past years for the time you'll be here and put a little effort into reading the past reports, the information is likely relevant for the time you will be here this year.
The phone rang early this morning, customer and grandson I've fished with several times over the years, Jeff, we didn't bring warm enough clothes to fish this morning. After my late day trip yesterday fishing in pouring cold rain, and letting a lot of anchor line out to get the boat to hold, other than dry feet(new boots instead of 15.00 goodwill leather shoes), wet to the core, home late... It was a welcome phone call, I went back to bed. Our outdoor weather station read 47* the wind was blowing at plus 20mph from the north.
I will always show up to meet customers no matter the conditions, I might be 10 minutes late but I'll be there, I bounced across the "big waters" and met Joe and Bruce at noon at cedar cove, I couldn't talk them out of going fishing, laugh! As we idled out of bay, I called Don Pemble, home comfortably on his couch, Don strong north wind, cold front, what would you start on...ok Don I'll let you know how we do. First spot we had 2 keeper walleyes and a few panfish. Joe take a picture of this one, I gotta text it to Don... The past few days had been slow, with the conditions I was tickled to have a few fish in the live well right out of the gate. I spent most of the day fishing fast dropping , wind blowing in shorelines , we didn't have big numbers of fish but kept some nice walleyes, released a 20".
The last 6 days there have been some very difficult days of catching, Wednesday the 16th was my worst day of the year so far, there was the big hatch of the year the night before(mayflies). The 30 days prior to that were some of the best walleye fishing I've seen in the last 10 years on the TFF. I didn't put many reports out on how good the fishing was, with Canada still closed, the northwoods has been receiving a lot of fishing pressure, I've been limiting how many fish I put in the livewell.
On Tuesday, my last day with a very good bite, we were on a 14' deep wood, with hard bottom spot, when customer Ben set his slip bobber rod into what I thought might be a snag, hold your rod up... yea that's a fish, he knew it was, 21" wow Ben keep that in the net, get your phone ready, we'll get a picture and let it go. I explained, there are few fish that size out here, they need to be released. A half hour later on a 12' snaggy wood spot, he set his casting jig rod into a 22" walleye, wow man! you're really lucky, picture, released the fish.
The problem I have with not having time to do reports more frequently is there are so many stories to tell... This past Saturday I fished a late day trip with Tim, wife Tristin , young son and Tim's brother, picked them up at the Deadhorse, we caught a lot of small walleyes, then on a 12' hump Tristin, said I have a bite! (on her casting jig rod) Tim turned on his phone video to get her setting the hook, brining the 18" walleye in and me netting it, they emailed it to me, really cool footage. The last time I fished with them was 5 years ago, she was 7 months pregnant and caught her first musky that late day trip, funny thing is , my memory really stinks but I remember all the spots we fished that late day trip, we had 3 chances, caught 2 musky with Tristin's being one of them.
As far as catching walleyes, very interestingly to me, been catching them on x-large fatheads yet, yesterday was the first day we caught an even amount on crawlers, but today again, all but one on fatheads, it's all I threw but my customers used crawlers exclusively to start with, also gave them a fair shake on bobbers.... minnows were by far the best.
Happy fishing to you.