10/28/18 Walleye

29 10 2018

This past Sunday morning (10/28/18) I decided to try and get a few more walleye.  It was supposed to start raining around 11:00 am so I had a few hours.  I could have started before sunrise but NE winds the last few days had me thinking the water would be dirty.  I was right, the water was dishwater grey and less than 6 inches of visibility.  I headed down to my usual starting point and got set up.  I was running a custom painted Pink Lemonade Rattlin’ Rogue on my long lead and a #9 Perch Rapala on my kicker.  I don’t really remember what I had on my medium lead, I never had a hit on it and I changed it several times during the morning.  While I was trolling along I took a surface temp reading and it was around 48 degrees.  Everything seemed just about perfect.  Overcast skies, dirty water, 48 degree temps, light west winds.  Now all I needed was some fish.  Around 8:30 I had my first one but I never got him off the bottom.  He was a bigger fish and he grabbed my kicker.  I could feel the hooks tearing from his mouth as I tried to pull him up.  I swung back around through the spot and hooked into another fish that I promptly lost as well.  This was getting frustrating and I was afraid this was an omen of how the day was going to go.  About 10 minutes later though, I finally put one on the cooler.  I was able to land a couple more before 9:15 am when the sun broke through the clouds.  Not what I wanted to see but I knew it wasn’t going to last long.  Dark clouds were in the west and coming my way.

Fishing was slow while the sun was out so I explored some more.  Eventually the clouds rolled back in I pulled lines and headed back to the area I first started.  It didn’t take long and numbers 4 and 5 were in the cooler.  Once that was done I pulled lines and headed for home.  Good thing too, just as I pulled into my driveway the rain started.  Once I got the boat put away I didn’t care, I was indoors and warm.  I’m finally getting some larger fish and the largest, a 23 incher, was a female.  Looks like the Fall run is on.  I only hope it doesn’t get to cold to fast.  If it drops another 10 degrees fishing could end before it really got started.  I’ll try again this weekend.  Still need to get some more fish to last me through the winter.

 

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10/13/18 Walleye

15 10 2018

It had been well over a month since the last time I went walleye fishing so I was due.  Wind was out of the SW but it was in single digits so I figured it wouldn’t be much of an issue.  I was more concerned about water clarity with all the rain we received in  the last week.  Turns out it wasn’t that bad, around 2 to 3 feet of visibility.  Surface temps were around 59 degrees, still to high but at least it was heading down instead of up.  Weeds weren’t much of an issue, just the single strands that I am accustomed to this time of year.

I dropped lines sometime around 5:30 pm and by 6 I had my first fish, a nice 22 inch male, biggest walleye I’ve landed in months.  Over the next hour I was able to land a couple more along with a few smallmouth bass.  It was a pretty slow and uneventful night.  There was one other boat out trolling and I saw them catch a couple of fish.  I kept my sonar going for awhile and most of the fish I marked were 2 to 4 feet off the bottom.  I know a few of them were walleye but I’m betting some of the other marks were smallies and a few trash fish.  Around 8 it was getting colder so I headed in.  The Fall bite is just starting and I have a few months left to fill the freezer for winter.  Weather permitting.  If the weather goes to hell I’ll just start chasing Steelhead earlier than I was expecting.





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