April 17th is probably a new record for the earliest I have ever caught one of these things. Fortunately it was only one of two but where there are two, millions more are waiting. This will probably be the last week of decent fishing until the invasion is in full swing. Glad I didn’t wait until this week to start. The fear of them starting to show up soon was the driving force as to why I went out Monday night. Normally I would have stayed home with a 10+ mph NE wind but the thought of my window of opportunity being slammed shut spurred me on.
I figured the water would have cleared up from the previous week so I didn’t even get on the water until after 7:00 pm. Visibility was a lot better so I set up, dropped lines and started my usual Trenton Channel trolling pattern. I was basically killing time until it got dark. I might get lucky and pick one up before then but I figured I wouldn’t catch any walleye until about 8:30 pm. I was pretty close, I hooked one and lost it around 8:15 and my first keeper came after 8:30 pm. The wind made boat control difficult and I spent more time than I wanted trying to fight through it. Eventually I started to pick away at them and by 9:30 I had 3 in the cooler. I was beginning to debate leaving when I caught a forth but that fish came about 10 minutes later. I then convinced myself that I would leave at 10 no matter what. At 9:58 and 34 seconds number 5 was in the cooler and I was headed home. I love it when a plan comes together.
Now for the conditions. Like i said earlier it was NE wind the whole time I was out and it never let up. Skies were overcast when I started but as the sun set the clouds broke and the stars began to shine. Water has cleaned up considerably and it doesn’t look like it will be clouding up again anytime soon. I didn’t get a water temp reading but I’m betting it is 50 or greater. Most of the fish came on the #11 Blue/Silver Rapala. Only one came on the GFR which was on my 20 foot lead. Everything else on my 40 and the *&^&%$^&%(^#* came on my kicker.
No more trips until probably Friday and that will be a late one. SE winds tonight and rain the next couple of days. My hands need a rest anyways, they are trashed. I’m a perfect 20 for 4 trips on my boat so far. The only night I didn’t pull a limit was when I went out with my friend Jerry. I got 4 that night and we quit early when we both got hung up and our lines tangled. I’m not going to complain though. 24 walleye in 5 trips is nothing to be upset about.