John Jastrow and I celebrated 10 years of knowing each other by logging a day for the books! John brought his buddy Mark Roloff from Middleton, WI up to spend a day in the boat with me, and the fishing was nothing short of outstanding. We had a slow start to the day, and I was convinced that a major bug hatch that had occurred over the past few days was going to shut us down. How wrong I was. After moving around, and exercising some patience, we found some active walleyes in 11′ to 15′ of water using slip bobbers and jig/leech presentations. Sizes ranged anywhere from 15″ up to a 29″ monster landed by Mark on a jig and leech. The fish had a 12.5 inch girth and stands as the “Big Eye” so for for 2013. That’s going to be a tough one to top. Musky fisherman should take note…We had a low 40’s fish chase in a 19″ walleye right to the boat. Also of interest, the walleyes we kept were coughing up 3″ to 5″ perch in my livewell that they had been feeding on. Maybe something for the trollers to consider? We ended the morning with a fat 20″ inch largemouth landed by John.
After lunch, it was smallmouth time. We landed 30 fish in the afternoon ranging anywhere from 15″ to 20″. Visibility was about as good as we’ve had all season with water temps climbing to 64 degrees by the end of the day. It was a blast watching fish cruise in the shallows as Mark and John worked them over in anywhere from 2′ to 6′ of water. Watching grown men act like boys as they tangle with smallie after smallie never gets old. I love it! The guys did an outstanding job, and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.
On another note, Thanks to Damon Schroeder and the gang at Hayward Power Sports for getting me back on the water in time for my trip. You guys are awesome!