After reading Maliboo's post last night I decided to head to the DPR and check it out. The water was lower than normal at the Russel road canoe launch. Realized why the water was so low when i started heading north.
The beaver dam is 3 times bigger than the last time i saw it. On the plus side once I portaged to the right of it the water on the upstream was a foot higher than normal.
3 1/2' to 4 feet deep in the main channel and 60 degrees at 9 AM. The water temp went up to 70 by the time I got off at 2PM!
Lots of algae floating on the water, especially in areas with less wind. The water was stained with about 6' or visibility trough out this area.
I through buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, a 4 inch fluke on a 0/5 hook and a jointed shad rap. The shad rap was the only thing that got any action.
The pike seemed to be right on the banks. I kept scaring them when the canoe hit the bank. I would be casting to the opposite bank hit the bank on my side and see a spotted tail thrash through the water and watch them disappear. Saw a carp or two and what I think was a golden eye jump out of the water when I spooked it with my buzz bait.
Got these guys on a jointed shadrap in a deeper channel towards the end of my trip.
Lots of little bait fish swimming around.
If anything it was a great day to go out, get away from people and enjoy nature.
Not a lot of luck but at least I avoided the
. Saw a few people out at the launch catfishing, none of them admitted to catching any. Hope your luck was better. GLGF