11/10/13 TC Walleye

10 11 2013

This is going to be a right to the point report.  Vital stats, results, and that’s it.  With the weather report for the rest of the week this will probably be my last trip of the year.

The wind had been howling from the west the last few days but it was starting to die down.  I saw this as my only opportunity so I jumped on it.  Normally winds gusting to 25 mph is a good reason to stay home but this was going to be my only opportunity to fish and I needed to get some more walleye in the freezer.

I launched at Rotary Park shortly after 3:00 pm and by 3:30 I was lines down by the blue boat house.  The wind made boat control almost impossible so I moved farther upstream hoping the shoreline would help block the wind.  It helped some but keeping my boat under control was going to need constant attention.  I started with a #9 Clown and #11 Bleeding Blue Shad and a Smithwick Rattlin’ Rouge.  Something with rattles for the dirty water, the lure that has been working so well for everyone I know the last 2 weeks and another just for the heck of it.  Turns out all 3 caught fish with the Clown catching the largest fish.

The surface temp was 47 degrees and the visibility was between 1 and 2 feet.  Absolutely no weeds, just an occasional leaf floating on the surface.  Winds were out of the west and anywhere from 10 to 25 mph, but most of the time they were around 10 mph.

All in all it was a pretty good trip.  I was only out there for 90 minutes, I didn’t lose any lures and I ended up with another limit.  Boat control was difficult but not impossible.  When the wind is like this I purposely fish alone just to keep the extra lines from tangling up.  I learned that one the hard way.

One final note.  This is for all those hypocrits that preach how they let all the females go and only keep the small eaters.  The 18 incher at the bottom of the picture?  Yep female.  Just goes to show you that any size fish can be a female and you preachers can’t convince me for one second that you have never kept a female walleye.

I’ll get off my soapbox now.

11-10-13 TC





10/29/13 Pre-Halloween Eve TC Walleye

30 10 2013

Well after a two week hiatus because of kidney stones and bad weather I was finally back on the river.  With the sudden drop in temperature over the last two weeks I had been itching to get out.  Now that the planets had all aligned I had my chance.  My friend Richard showed up at my house around 6:00 pm and by 6:30 we were lines down and fishing.  I had heard scattered reports that the water had dirtied up some.  I guess my definition of dirty water is different than most other people.  Still looked pretty darn clear to me.  Good thing though was that the weeds were pretty much non existent.

I got a call from my friend and handlining mentor “Sparky” earlier today telling me he got 4 and lost 1 on a #11 Blue and Silver Rapala.  I of course set up with almost the same thing.  I was using a #11 Bleeding Blue Shad Rapala.  Very similar to the traditional blue/silver model but with a pearl finish and red hooks and lip.  Fish didn’t care.  I caught 4 on that lure on my 40 foot lead.  Richard was pretty much along for the ride for the first few hours.  Around 9:30 pm he finally hooked in to a 24 inch male that he caught on a custom painted clown pattern Rapala he painted himself.  It was the only fish he caught but it was also the biggest of the night and it made up for his slow start. 

Now for the vital statistics.  Like I said the water is still very clear and hardly any floating weeds.  Surface temp was 48 degrees and in the Edison discharge lane it was 52 degrees.  Three walleye were taken in the discharge area and the other two out in the middle of the river near the Catamaran.  We did not catch anything else, only walleye and they were hitting very light.  No hard strike, just weight at first and an occasional head shake.  Every fish was hooked on the trailing hook.  We didn’t lose any but a few were close to having the hook ripped out of their mouth.  Clear sky, no wind, cold temps but very calm.  All in all it was a pretty good night on the river.      

TC 10-29-13