End of July Quick Walleye Report

31 07 2013

Wen out both Monday (7/29) and Tuesday (7/30).  Monday night I was out with my friend Chris and we picked up 5 and lost 1.  Tuesday I was out with a Co-Worker and we caught 3.  Slow nights for sure.  Water is still gin clear, hardly any wind each night which made dealing with the bugs a pain.  Very few floating weeds which is understandable with the west winds we had for a few days.  PIcked up a couple of the fish just north of Calf Island in 20 feet of water.  The rest came from between the Catamaran and the Stacks.  One interesting difference from last Monday where i destroyed them to this week is the water level fluctuations and the temps.  Last Monday (7/22) when I launched the breakwall at Elizabeth Park was covered and by the time I got back 6 inches of it was exposed.  Monday and Tuesday of this week the break wall was covered in some areas.  Also, on the 22nd the surface temp was 78 degrees.  Last night it was 70 degrees.  What the temp is at the bottom of the river I have no idea but I’m wondering what that has done to the bite, along with all the boat traffic we had over the weekend with the FLW in town.  115 bass boats ripping up and down the channel can’t help matters much.  We didn’t catch as many Smallmouth Bass either but the ones we did get were some tanks.  Several in the 18 to 20 inch range and oh did they make a mess of things.

No pictures of the fish but here is a pic of the lures that caught them.

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Endeavor to Persevere 9/5/12

6 09 2012

Or however Chief Dan George said it.

 

After last Saturday’s debacle I was determined to make amends. After a quick check of my boat for banana’s and crickets I was on my way. Even after the rain we received the last few days the water was still clear, probably about 3-4 feet of visibility. I set up north of Calf Island and put out 3 custom painted downriver tackle Raps in size 9 and 7. It wasn’t long and I had my first dinky Smallmouth Bass on for the night. I hoped this wasn’t going to be a repeat of Saturday as I released him and went back to fishing. About 5 minutes later I caught my first walleye on a #7 CCT on my 20 foot lead. This turned out to be the hot combination for the night, accounting for 3 walleye and most of the bass. I spun around and made another pass through that spot but didn’t catch another fish. I continued north weaving east and west until I hit the Catamaran. By now the clouds were starting to break and the setting sun was peaking through the clouds. The breeze was letting up and the bugs were just starting to come out. Conditions were darn near perfect when I first started but they were slowly deteriorating as darkness set in. Chief Dan George saying “Endeavor to Persevere” kept going through my mind as I methodically worked the river over. I began to pick away at my 5 fish limit even though the bugs were biting and the floating weeds were getting thicker. By now it was 8:30 pm and I didn’t know how much more I could take. The bugs were getting thick and the weed mats were getting larger. I told myself I would quit at 9, 5 fish or not. Fortunately for me at 8:45 I caught number 5 on my kicker and the Downriver Steel Rap. Good thing too because my GPS shut down as did my depth finder. I started to check connections but I noticed that my navigation lights were very dim. Guess I need to charge up the battery.

 
Final tally for the night was 5 eaters between 15 and 18 inches. Conditions were overcast with a South wind at first but as usual it all changed once I started fishing. The wind disappeared and the clouds gave way to clearer skies. The floating weeds were intermittent at first and then very thick. It was like someone dumped a bunch of them into the river further upstream. Surface temps were around 75 degrees. The water should start to cool off with the evening temps dropping down into the 50’s the next few nights. Not as many Smallmouth Bass tonight and they were all undersized. None of the 3 inchers though. Won’t be long and the shad will start to move in and hopefully the big boys will be right behind them.

T to B, Rainbow Trout, Copper Crazy Tiger, Downriver Steel. All by Downrivertackle.com