Although the weather was not too fisherman friendly, Wayne from Chicago still toughed it out for a fairly productive day. We launched at the state park at about 7am. The place was a ghost town. We did see Hadley and Chas who were heading out for some musky hunting. With the slow moving cold front, it is difficult to predict the fish activity but figured the river would be a bit less effected by the pressure and temp changes. Water level is up about 6 inches and current is strong. We weren't marking many fish on the bends or deeper water so we mainly hit the downed trees and shorelines to see what was active. We also hit Channel Lake trying some weed pockets at the North end with slip bobbers, fatheads and crawlers. Headed over to the southwest bay where we met up with TJP who was also out with clients braving the weather and banging the water for toothy critters. Also fished the channels between Petite and Fox and picked up a few stragglers on jigs and crawlers and the biggest Drum the Spinner Boat has ever seen.
This guy was 3.5 lbs and 21 inches. For the Chain, that's a big Drum!!! Wayne and I were both hoping this was the walleye for the day as they do fight very similar but after seeing the size of this Drum, there was little disappointment. It was still a nice fight and catch. We caught 9 Drum for the day with the one below being the second largest.
All of the Drum caught were bigger than the usual ones. We continued to hit the shorelines along the channels with jigs and crawlers and did get this single Walleye that unfortunately was a bit short at 13 1/2.
Three large-mouth were caught also right off of shore in the wood. We did see some beds, some empty and some still had fish on them. It appears the water temp drop has temporarily put a stop to the Bass spawn.
Also got a White Bass and a Yellow Bass which are always a good fight. They fight harder than the White bass do.
So the totals for the day were, one Walleye, 9 Drum, 12 Blue Gills, 1 White Bass, 1 Yellow Bass, 3 Largemouth, and a single Crappie. All fish were released other than the Crappie which was about 7-8 inches and a 6 inch Gill that have become official members of the Spinner fish tank. The Crappie at 7-8 inches, is very close to another one already in the tank. They can keep each other company. The Gill will replace one that went to that big fish tank in the sky Friday.
The Spinner Boat did get a bath yesterday as most of the day produced light rain but very little wind which allowed for some pretty accurate casting. Didn't know what to expect with the weather but was still able put some fish in the boat. Although We used crank baits, most fish came off of Slip bobbers and jigs tipped with crawlers and minnows.
The day ended at the Spinner Lounge for a quick beverage and Wayne headed back to the Big City. Thank You Wayne, for making the trip up and hanging in there under some less than comfortable conditions. We were able to turn a nasty day into a nice fishing memory. Hope I was able to show you a few more patterns that can produce fish under tough conditions.