We’ve had some interesting weather conditions to start the week, but the fish have been cooperative. On Monday, I fished with Mark Hayman and his seven year old son Levi. We were on a mission to get Levi his first walleye and first smallmouth. The goal was met with a dandy 20″ walleye and an 18″ smallmouth as his first representatives of each species. Levi did an incredible job throughout the day, and I don’t know that I have ever had a seven year old set the hook so well. Along with walleyes and smallmouth, Levi also landed several largemouth and pike. His total count for the day was 21 fish, and I was very impressed with such a fine young fishermen. There’s hope for the future of fishing! We were faced with difficult conditions throughout the day. High skies, bright sun, flat water, and popple fuzz on the surface presented us with quite a challenge, but Levi wouldn’t be denied! Water temperatures hovered around 60 degrees throughout the day.
A cold front blew in just in time for my good friends Greg and Geralyn Miller to arrive for their annual trip. Cool temps., east winds, and cloudy skies made for good walleye conditions, and Geralyn (The Walleye Queen) didn’t disappoint. We landed several nice fish from 15″ to 19″, and it was good to see several different year classes represented. Slip bobbers and leeches in 11′ to 15′ of water produced throughout the day. We had to continuously move however as we never landed more than one fish in one spot. That seems to be a theme as of late. Water temps. topped out at 59 degrees. Along with walleyes, we also landed many largemouth, smallmouth, pike, and even a small musky. Talk about a mixed bag!
On day two, Greg and I fished for a few hours in rain and 15 mph east winds. We did very well pitching Rapalas along windy shoreline breaks. Fish ranged from 12″ to 21″ with both males and females being caught. Water temps. dropped to 57 degrees, and this weather system seems to have put on hold any new spawning activity. There are a few fish on nests, and if we can ever get water temps to hold in the low 60’s for a day or two, spawning activity will be fast and furious on all of our lakes.
I will be back on the water tomorrow, and hope to post a report before the weekend. Good luck out there everyone!