I agree, LJ, they gotta be growing up and in here somewhere .... right? Last few years, I've caught more walleye, which is good, but almost every single one is in the 13 to 14.5 inch range, and skinny. I have never used a guide before, but might treat myself to a guided session next year to see if I can find keeper walleye with professional help (something I'm told I need lol!). I have a feeling that some of our readers on this string know where the keepers hang out and when and what presentation works best ... good for them!
Every year after catching many shorts I always say the same thing, wait till next year and all these Walleyes will be keepers!
Funny thing, it never comes true. Isn’t that an indication of mental illness?
Below 40° F
41° - 45° F
46° - 50° F
61° - 65° F
Went out on Saturday in my kayak and caught 5 smallmouth bass and 6 walleye, as well as a nice quillback. Sadly I lost my anchor and rope as it was between letting go or tipping the kayak. It happened like a quarter mile from the dam. Lmk if anyone "recovers it" I tried hooking it again for an hour or so but to no avail.
Way to get after them big uns finally on lures chia, dont let fools talk you out of using something you never know, maybe its not conventional but look at the outcome i might come up and toss some top water myself buddy. Those guys probably slept a hangover off while you were gettn after em!!! Nice job
Love reading your reports Chia-Pet.
Does anyone know the results of the walleye tournament on the river last weekend? Thanks.
Great post and good job, Chia-Pet! My brother-in-law once got two walleyes on one floating Rápala.
See you next year.
51° - 55° F
51° - 55° F
Last report of the year - delayed from Oct 23-25. After getting mocked at the bar the night before for saying I was going to try topwaters in this colder weather, I had the morning of my smallie-catching life in the stretch between the rapids and the County O boat launch. I caught 5 bigger smallmouth on a topwater Heddon Spook Jr. The biggest fish was 20 inches, but the funniest was a much stronger hit. As I moved to allow my buddy to get in position with the net, I fell into the boat, but the resultant slack didn't let it get away. Then we landed "it" - TWO smallies - one on each treble hook - an 18 and a 17 inch fish. I have definitely never had that happen before! While the rest of the weekend wasn't AS good, it was still great fun - we caught more smallies on a red and white Mepps (4 and 5) and my buddy got a 24 inch northern on the same. I did get a sauger on a crappie jig. My buddy got a 51+ inch sturgeon on a crawler/rig. All told, we had a decent 37 fish weekend, landing 8 different species: Smallmouth, Walleye, Sauger, Sheephead, Sturgeon, Perch(2 small ones in 5 minutes!), Redhorse, and Northern Pike.
Thanks to all of those who contribute to this thread; especially helpful is when people share what lure/presentation worked and what STRETCH of river (not asking for GPS coordinate of your honey hole).
That's it for me on the Wisconsin River until spring - tight lines, everyone.
Nice video deep_structure! Does anyone know the results of the walleye tournament on the river last weekend? Thanks.
51° - 55° F
46° - 50° F
First time fishing below the Dells dam in 30 years. Was searching for crappies, but only caught many shorts, a couple of drum, a big smallmouth buffalo and a nice 24" walleye.