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Story continued from 6-27 post .....Well guys we are on track for the worst catch of the year I have two ideas, you guys decide, we can go after blue gills, I think we will do well on some bigger gills or drive 6 miles to a different part of the flowage and hope the bugs didn't hatch there. Some customers don't put much pressure on you Mike,"we're having a great time lets stay after the walleyes." Our boat ride led us to the same flat water covered with may fly debris. We fished a few deep spots and came up with 2 more perch and two more walleyes. The south wind started to pick up, I started to get the feeling. I said lets go have our shore lunch I think the afternoon is going to be better. After lunch we did well on both perch and walleyes and finished the day with a nice catch of fish in 7-8'. The water temp was 68* the big hatch coincides with a faster walleye metabolism. That was June 11th, the next 8 or 9 days I had several two trip days and drove across the big water side after sunset after dropping customers off in the Bastine area. The may flys were relentless ,it seemed like they were hatching nightly, goggles would have been in order for the boat ride. We had some nice catches of fish in that time frame and some slow days. I told about the slower days in last post, on one of the better days we had enough perch and walleyes for the group of 6 I fished with for shore lunch by mid morning then went bass fishing.
The fishing is picking up, today flat, flat water and bright sunny skies and we still did pretty well working deeper structure casting 1/8 oz. jigs and half crawlers.
[This post was last edited on 6/27/15 at 8:18 PM]
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
After a few days of a slow walleye bite, today with completely flat water and bright sunny skies the walleyes decided to bite. We fished walleyes for four hours caught 13, kept 8 between 13-17-1/2"along with some nice perch. We didn't catch any walleyes on bobbers ,they wanted a slow moving bait, we cast 1/8 oz. slow fall jigs into 15' of water with a half crawler. The fish bit fairly aggressively compared to the last few days. Had a nice shore lunch with my guests from Ohio ( 3 generations) then went musky fishing, one follow on a bucktail and a hard hit on a shallow Bucher depth raider but no hook up.
Shore lunches of perch and walleye have not been a problem but big catches of fish have not been the status quo the last couple weeks. Two possible factors? Erratic weather and may flys?
I'll tell it in story form. June 11th I launched my boat, drove to Cry of The Loon to pick up Mike and Becky. The flat calm surface was covered with May fly skeletons (exoskeletons?) a double whammy. I scanned a few spots threw the buoy in, anchors out 3 bobber poles in, customers casting their jigging rods. I hooked up a fathead minnow and in 4 casts put two keepers in the live well. I thought to myself, mayflys smayflys were gonna catch a lot of fish today. Thinking there might be more fish where I was throwing, had Mike switch seats with me, no more active fish on that spot.
The next few hours we worked good spots in the 12-15' range and came up with 2 nice perch and a few small released walleyes. Staring at the may fly carcasses floating on the water I was really feeling humbled by past comments on the dismissal of the adverse effect of mayfly hatches on the walleye bite. Two "guaranteed fish spots" nearby yielded one smb.
To be continued.. Time for bed, sorry. Jeff