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September 21, 2017
“The Good, the Bad, and the Fishing!”
I have been so busy out fishing, that I haven’t been able to keep you updated for a while, but will do my best to sum up how the fishing has been the last couple of weeks. During this time, fishing has been like a rollercoaster with warm weather and no wind to cold fronts that felt like November back to July-like conditions in Mid-September! At the end of August, clients and I fished high pressure weather. Hot, sunny, no wind, with water temperatures in the mid-70’s. Fishing was tough. We tried trolling live bait and fish did not want anything to do with it. We ended up finding some biting fish around supper time. We cast jigs and plastics in and along weed lines catching mostly sub-walleyes and smaller crappies. We had some good bites that we did not catch, but that’s fishing! Congrats to Brad and Craig as we had a great time on a tough fishing day!
The week after when I was out with clients, the weather was November-like with highs in the 50’s, northwest winds at 20 mph and off and on rain showers. Water temperatures cooled down to 64 degrees during the warmest part of the day. We fished in channels using lively minnows. Susan and Rich got us started catching smaller walleye on bobber and minnows. Great job! Then Phil and I had a nice little run of smaller walleye, pike, and a medium crappie on jigs and plastic. This was our highlight of the day. The weather got wicked with more wind and cold rain showers. We caught more fish here and there, but it was another tough day. Phil came close to landing a giant crappie, but it did not quite make it to the net. Way to go Phil, Rich, and Susan! We had a fun time catching fish!
A few days later, I took my children out in the boat fishing. This was the beginning of the nicer weather to come and the first day of the south wind. The bite was much improved. We all had bites. The girls both caught pike on beetle spins and they also got several bites, but were having some tough luck! I caught three nice legal walleyes up to 18 ˝” and released them. Isaac helped me reel in some of those beauties which made his day!"
I was out with clients during the beginning of the big warm-up fishing walleyes and crappie. The weather brought south to southwest winds at 15 mph, the air temperature was in the mid 70’s with water temps in the upper 60’s during the midday. We casted mainly soft plastics in 6-14’ depths. The morning run included a nice run of 13” crappies, legal walleyes and sub-walleyes too. We fished some weeds before lunch and Doug and Becky caught a good number of fun-fighting pike with good releases. During the evening run, the wind backed off and the fish really bit. We all caught slab crappies up to 14”, keeper walleyes up to 18 ˝” and a boat load of sub-legal walleyes with good releases. Kudos to Doug and Becky! We had an awesome outing!
During the middle of the week, we had more of the same weather with warm, south winds and biting fish. We got slab crappies and keeper walleyes in the morning, but by lunchtime, the sun was getting hot and the water temperatures were rising to around 70 degrees. We fished deep jigging jigs. Bob got a nice smallmouth bass and I caught and released a nice 18 ˝” largemouth. We ended up with a nice run of perch, keeper walleyes, and a 9” gill caught on a big jig. Congratulations to Nolan and Bob! Another great day!
The next day clients and I enjoyed more nice weather, with more warm sunshine and south winds. Fishing was a little slow today, with the water temperatures warming up to 71-72 degrees surface temp. We banged out some slab crappie and jumbo perch early. During the midday, we tried a summer pattern fishing the weeds. The boys caught pike and sub walleyes in the weeds. Great job with good releases! Our last weed spot had decent walleye hitting short. I knew by the feel on the line and the way the teeth felt that it was a good fish. That got me thinking for later. The second half of the day we hit the water and looked for wind blowing into the shorelines. Taylor got us started with nice keeper walleyes and crappie! Way to go! Jason got into the action by catching pike crappie, and beautiful walleyes. The table was set for the rest of the evening, catching nice fish for a meal and releasing nice fish for seed. An amazing day for Taylor and Jason!
Over the weekend clients and I were back at it again. There were clouds in the morning that gave way to sun later on, with a warm south wind. Right off the bat the boys were catching sub-walleyes in the weeds casting twisters. We then moved into the mud bottom areas catching lots of sub walleyes and nice eater crappies. The fish were in a feeding frenzy; at times everyone was getting bites and catching fish. When the sun came out, we moved deep and found lots of bait fish on the electronics. We set up and anchored down wind and fan casted around, moving until we had an active fish bite. The result was great. We caught beautiful crappie, keeper walleye, and pike during the midday. Congratulations to Nolan and Bob! We had a great day!
As you can see, even though summer is winding down, the fishing is heating up! Some of the best fishing is yet to come!
If you are looking for a day out on the water, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Remember to check out my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy and Guide Service. Well, that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you, “Don’t slack off and always keep your line tight!”Last updated: September 23, 2017
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