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November 10, 2017
“The end of a Great 2017 Open Water Fishing Season!”
Recently, on a Sunday afternoon, Uncle Paul, Isaac, and I took one last ride in Paul’s boat. After cruising around, we decided to make a few casts for walleye. With a dark sky and quiet conditions, the walleyes seemed to be biting. Isaac and I together had four bites and caught three walleyes in ˝ hours’ time; not too shabby for just casting a few jigs around. Biggest walleye was in the 18 ˝” – 19” range. All fish were released!
A few days later, clients and I hit the water. We had cool conditions with the air in the 40’s for highs. Winds were out of the south to southeast at 5-15 mph, the skies were overcast with a few late day showers, and the water temps were 47-50 degrees. We used bobber poles with lively minnows at all times. Right off the bat, David got us going using bobber and minnow. He landed a nice crappie. Great job! Then John and I casted around jigs and twisters. We caught a slab crappie and some sub-walleyes. Pretty typical bite until the water temp comes up for better action; at least we hoped! Later we hit weed edges shallow and deep. Once again David got us started catching pike on the bobber pole. Good action, but no keeper walleyes yet. We moved around and fished weeds on the channel edge. I casted a bigger sized crankbait and got hit hard by aggressive pike. Later fishing cabbage weed, we got into some nice smallmouth bass. The fish were biting on jigs in and along the weed edges. The largest fish was a beautiful 19” smallmouth that was released! Talk about a good fish. Soon after we got our first legal walleye. David’s bobber went down and he said he had something nice on! He started reeling and when the fish was at boat side, the reel failed! We couldn’t take line or give it! After about five minutes it seemed like three guys doing a circus act in the boat, but we finally hand grabbed the line and David landed a beautiful 30” pike on the bobber pole! Talk about lucky! That fish could have got off at any moment. Great job Dave! And nice release!
Our last spot we had intermittent rain and wind shifts. The fish cooperated on and off. We ended up with a beautiful catch of legal walleyes and a few bonus slab crappies! Congrats to John and David! We always have a great time and usually do really well with the fish too! John always tells me, “Roman, catching the fish is just the bonus part. Being in the beautiful outdoors is why we do it!” How right John is!
Last week I took the boat out to winterize it…not put it away yet; just for the motor. That is what is nice about running the Evinrude E-tec motor; you can winterize it and just start up the next time you want to go fishing. While running the motor briefly, I had the locator on. The water temperature was down to 42 degrees surface. This week the water is most likely in the 30’s. Next week, the air temps will warm again, but may be it for open water fishing!
We are not far from the freeze up so look soon for my ice fishing reports from late fall into the 2018 season. If you are looking for a day out on the ice, 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: November 10, 2017
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