18 04 2017


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.

Last trip for April 4/25/14

26 04 2014

This will be my last walleye report for the month of April.  Short, sweet and to the point.

Went out 4/25/14, caught 6, kept 5 and threw back 1.

4 trips, 4 limits.  Life is Good.

The End


Actually there is a little more than that.  I didn’t even arrive on the water until after 8:00 pm.  With a clear sky and even clearer water I didn’t see much of a point to start too early.  By 8:30 pm I had my first fish and by 10:00 pm I caught my 5th keeper.  All 5 fish came on my 40 foot lead and a #11 Bleeding Chartreuse Rapala.  I did catch a sub legal walleye on my kicker and a #7 Fire Tiger Rapala.  Water temp was around 46 degrees and as I said before remarkably clear.

Taking a break for the next week.  I’m going to be out of town for a bit so the local male walleye population will be granted a reprieve.

Now when I come back…….Game On Part II.


18 to 24 inches long, all males.

18 to 24 inches long, all males.

04/23/14 Walleye

24 04 2014

While I was at the last DWF meeting last Monday I was talking to Larry about going out Wednesday night. He asked if I was going to have an open seat. I told him I wasn’t sure but that I would get back with him. The next morning I sent him a quick message to be at my house at 6:30 pm and he agreed.

Wednesday night we arrived at the launch around 7:00 pm and by 7:15 pm we were lines down south of the cat. Surface temp was around 47 degrees and the water was very clear. I had a feeling that things were going to be slow at first and I was right. For the next hour and a half we got nothing, nadda, zip, squat, diddly. Around 9:00 pm the sun was long gone and the fish finally showed up. For the next 45 minutes it was game on and we managed to put 8 in the cooler. I figured we would have no problem getting the last two but for the next half hour we were back to nothing, nadda, zip, squat, diddly. No big deal, we had 8 nice fish all between 19 and 25 inches long. Larry’s first fish was over 23 inches long and I told him he had to throw it back because it was screwing up my average. He gave me that “Yeah Right” look and tossed him in the cooler. My next fish was the 25 incher and everything afterwards was in the 20+ inch range. At quarter after 10 we pulled lines and headed in. We both had to work in the morning and it was going to be a late night after we were done cleaning fish and putting the boat away.

Other than that 45 minute spurt it was a pretty uneventful night. No boat problems, no swimming deer, no lost equipment or hang ups and even the weather was pretty calm. No wind and it was actually quite pleasant out. If it had been a Friday night we would have stayed out longer.

Most of my fish came on a #11 Bleeding Chartreuse Rapala. I really don’t know what Larry was catching his fish on, I wasn’t paying attention. I was busy keeping the boat in the strike zone and avoiding other boats and catching my own fish.  Only thing of interest was that all the big males were spawned out.

That makes 3 trips for me and 3 limits. The Tigers Bullpen and Red Wings Power Play probably wishes they were this consistent.

19 to 25 inches.

19 to 25 inches.



April Fools Day Walleye

1 04 2012

Location: Trenton Channel
Date/Time: 4/1/12 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Water Temp: 42 degrees
Water Clarity: Dirty
Weather: Overcast
Wind: SW and light
Water Depth: 12 feet
Presentation: Handlining 40/20/6
Lures: #11 GFR, #11 Chartreuse, #9 Pink Lemonade

Notes: In the immortal words of The Standells…..Love That Dirty Water !! I ended up keeping 5 walleye and releasing 4. I also lost a beast just below the boat. Just as the fish was getting close to the boat the lure came free.

I lost two other fish bouncing them off the side of the boat as I was trying to flip them in. In each case I was getting bounced around by the waves so much I couldn’t flip them over the side. At one point I had two bass boats coming right at me as I was bringing a fish in. Thought for sure I was going to lose that one but he was hooked good.

Kind of a strange set up today, still did my usual 40/20/6 set up but this time I caught half of my fish on the kicker. Usually this doesn’t happen until the summer but I’m not going to complain. Might be that fancy custom lure I was using. Need to see about getting some more of those.

On my way back in I stopped to take a picture of a loon that was fishing just south of the free bridge. He must have been taking a break for breakfast before he continued north.

Ended up catching 9 fish, lost 3 and I also had a few head shakes that never really got hooked. The 5 I kept were from 20 to 21.5 inches for a combined weight of 13 pounds and 11 ounces.

Wonder if I could catch Bull Sharks handlining?