Easter Weekend Walleye

8 04 2012

Location: Trenton Channel
Date/Time: 04/05/12 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Water Temp: 45-46 Degrees
Water Clarity: Clear
Weather: DAMN COLD
Wind: NE 15 mph
Water Depth: 13
Presentation: Handlining 40/20/6, 30/15
Lures: #11 GFR, #11 Chartreuse, #9 Pink Lemonade

Location: Trenton Channel
Date/Time: 04/06/12 8:00 am to 9:30 am
Water Temp: 45-46 Degrees
Water Clarity: Stained
Weather: Clear Sky
Wind: Calm
Water Depth: 13
Presentation: Handlining 40/20/6, 30/15
Lures: #11 GFR, #11 Chartreuse, #9 Hot Steel, #9 Clown

Location: Trenton Channel
Date/Time: 04/06/12 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Water Temp: 45-46 Degrees
Water Clarity: Stained
Weather: Clear Sky, Full Moon
Wind: Calm
Water Depth: 13
Presentation: Handlining 40/20/6, 30/15
Lures: #11 GFR, #11 Chartreuse, #9 Hot Steel, #9 Clown

Location: Trenton Channel
Date/Time: 04/07/12 7:00 am to 9:30 am
Water Temp: 45-46 Degrees
Water Clarity: Dirty
Weather: Clear Sky
Wind: Calm
Water Depth: 13
Presentation: Handlining 40/20/6, 30/15
Lures: #11 GFR, #11 Chartreuse, #9 Hot Steel, #9 Clown, #7 Green Holographic

Location: Trenton Channel
Date/Time: 04/08/12 7:00 am to 9:30 am
Water Temp: 45-46 Degrees
Water Clarity: Clear
Weather: Overcast
Wind: Calm at first, 20+ west winds after 9:00 am
Water Depth: 13
Presentation: Handlining 40/20/6, 30/15
Lures: #11 Bleeding Chartreuse, #7 Clown

What a difference 12 hours can make. Started off my Holy week walleye excursion with my friend Chris on Thursday night (4/5). Winds were out of the NE and brutally cold. Cold I can deal with but trying to keep lines from getting tangled is another story. Whenever I would make a tack from east to west the wind would blow my boat downstream and pull Chris’s line under the boat and mine off at an angle. Needless to say we lost a lot of fish and a couple of lures. We ended up with 3 but it was a difficult 3 fish, 21 to 22 inches long for a combined weight of 9 pounds and 13 ounces.

The next morning was a completely different story. Headed back to the channel with my friend and fellow DWF member Richard Friday morning. Water was stained, no clouds and no wind. I was worried that with a full moon and clear water the night before that the fish wouldn’t be active. I was wrong. We started off in the same area, the middle of the river just north of the catamaran. It wasn’t long and Richard had the first fish on. It was easy to tell because he about jumped out of his seat when it hit. Guess it had been awhile since he caught anything. We ended up with 8 fish for the next hour and a half. We packed it in early because I had a list of things to get done before my Dad showed up so I could take him out tonight. Final tally was 8 fish from 18 to 24 inches long for a total combined weight of 26 pounds and 1 ounce. Not a bad morning. Didn’t lose any fish or lures either.

That evening it was my Dad’s turn. Started out in the same area with the same set-up and similar results. Only difference was once it got dark the fish shut down again. We didn’t get our 7th fish until 9:30 pm. Lost a couple of lures as well. These last few days are starting to get expensive. Ended up with 7 fish, 19 to 24 ½ inches long for a combined weight of 18 pounds and 13 ounces.

The next morning my Dad and I hit the river again. As expected the ramp was crowded but the line moved rather quickly and without any issues. Once we had our lines set we hadn’t gone more than 50 feet when my Dad had the first fish of the day. Unfortunately when he flipped it in the boat the lure buried both hooks in his pant leg. While he screwed around with that I managed to land two fish in the next 5 minutes. It was looking like it was going to be a quick morning but as it sometimes goes the walleye had other ideas. We went about 45 minutes before we hooked into another fish. We caught 4 in the next couple of minutes and then nothing for another hour. Another quick flurry and we were up to 8. We had a family get together set for early afternoon so we decided to pack it up then. I will never complain about catching 8, losing 2 and throwing back 2 for 2 ½ hours of fishing. A few smaller fish today, 16 to 24 inches long for a total combined weight of 20 pounds and 5 ounces.

The next morning was Easter Sunday and Chris and I had a few free hours so we decided to give it one more shot. We got an early start and we had one in the cooler on the first pass. I took a while but Chris managed to land a couple. Around 9 am the calm winds turned into 20+ mph west winds and we both said…Not Again. Discretion is the better part of valor and we went home. 3 fish, 16 to 24 inches long for a total combined weight of 8 pounds and 8 ounces.

We ended up with over 30 walleye, about 7 lost lures, 1 busted Rapala lip, a couple of torn pant legs form hooks and severely cut and scraped up hands. Not bad for the beginning of April. I’ll take a break for a few days now. My hands need to heal up some and I am sick of cleaning fish.

One thing I learned is that snubbers actually work. When my Dad and I used to fish for Salmon in Lake Huron we hated the things. I had heard about hand liners using them on their kicker lead but I wasn’t about to try it. Just plain stubborn I guess. Last fall I snagged a shank complete with leaders, weight, 3 Rapala’s and one snubber. I thought I would give it a try this spring and I am sold. I went 12 for 12 with it, never lost a fish. Looks like I am going to pick up a few more.

Not only do treble hooks not mix well with wool they don’t like denim either…..or thumbs. Don’t think my Dad will be trying to catch any more walleye by hand when they come into the boat.

When  all was said and done my fishing ended just like it started, 3 fish and very windy.

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