Rainy Night Walleye 04/25/12

26 04 2012

Location: Trenton Channel
Date/Time: 04/25/12 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm
Water Temp: 48 degrees
Water Clarity: Slightly stained
Weather: Overcast and Rain
Wind: S 10 to 15 mph
Water Depth: 13 feet
Presentation: Handlining 40/20/6, 30/15
Lures: #11 Bleeding Chartreuse, #9 Blue Holographic, Silver Smithwick

Dad came down tonight to go fishing and wouldn’t you know it…..Mother Nature didn’t want to cooperate. All day long the weather was beautiful but as we got closer to evening the conditions started to change. We gave it a shot anyways and by 7:00 pm we were on the water. Saw a few friends out there and they had reported that things were slow. We must live right because it wasn’t long and my Dad had the first one of the night. While he was dealing with that fish I landed a white perch (not a good omen). A few minutes later and I was tossing one into the cooler. Shortly afterwards we started to feel the first few rain drops and the wind was starting to pick up. I began debating heading in but the familiar head shake at the end of my line changed any thought of heading in. This fish turned out to be the biggest of the night, a 4 ½ pound 24 inch male. He must have been hungry too because he had both of my #11 Rapala’s in his mouth. I’m sure he just got tangled up on the other leader as I was bringing him in but telling people he hit both lures sounds cooler.

My Dad and I picked up 2 more in the next 5 minutes as the rain really started to come down. Dad said let’s get a sixth one and then head in. We fished for about 5 more minutes when I said enough is enough and he heartily agreed. We quickly pulled lines and headed in before we got any more wetter then we already were. 5 fish in under an hour is nothing to complain about, especially when we have the next few nights to get more. Even better was the fact that we only caught one of the fish that shall not be named. The water temperature drop must have shut them down or kept anymore from coming in. Either way I’m not complaining.

Final tally for the night was 5 fish, 20.5 to 24 inches long for a total weight of 17 pounds and 7 ounces. Not bad at all…..



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