Shorts and t-shirts on Sunday. Not so much on Monday… Dan Uniejewski from Franklin, TN and his father Walter joined me back in early May during some absolutely miserable fishing condidions with very little action to go along with it. On Monday, Dan brought his wife Souraya for a half day trip. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t much better than his previous trip, but but we were able to put some fish in the boat. A nasty NE wind made fishing deep nearly impossible, so we turned shallow and found some walleyes up to 16″ and pike up to 27″ along weedlines in 15′ – 18′ of water on jigs and minnows. Souraya and Dan did an excellent job picking up on a tough bite, and it was definitely rewarding to put a few nice fish in the boat despite tough conditions. Water temperatures held at 61 degrees on the morning as we dealt with rain, wind, etc… Thanks to the Uniejewskis for sticking it out. You’re due for a good weather trip. Just ask the Oyens!!!
More nasty weather… Amber Current from Oconomowoc, WI bought her husband Tom a morning trip as an anniversary gift to celebrate their wedding last year at Angler’s Haven. It was certainly a nice gesture by Amber, but I doubt Tom thought he’d be fishing in rain, wind, and falling temperatures. Happy Anniversary Tom!!! We tried getting on the deep walleye bite to start, but it was soon evident that we were spinning our wheels. Sometimes you just have to take what the lake will give you!!! We moved to a 15′ – 20′ weed and rock point that was a bit out of the wind and more fishable. As we’ve seen with previous cold fronts over the past month, the smallies were in high gear. It didn’t take us long to get into fish on live bait rigs with minnows, and we had steady action throughout the rest of the morning while catching smallies up to 19″ and pike up to 30″. Water temperatures fell throughout the morning as we started at 61 degrees and ended at 59. Tom did a great job learning the system and was rewarded for sticking it out in some miserable weather with some very nice fish. You deserve it Tom, and I’m looking forward to next year!!!
Some unfortunate circumstances led to rescheduling my Thursday trip. Thanks for your understanding Tyler!!! I was able to salvage a few hours on the water in the afternoon with my father and we got into a good deep water crappie bite. Slabs up to 12″ were biting in 23′ – 26′ of water on plastics as we used our electronics to locate schools of fish and caught them with a vertical jigging presentation. Water temperatures held at 59 degrees on a cloudy, gloomy, and damp day. We brought a few home for the freezer, and it was good to spend a little time on the water with Pops!!! Everything happens for a reason… We’ll just keep on, keeping on!!! Have a great weekend everyone, and Go Pack!!!