Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
My strategy for this weeks trip was to allow Tom a chance to call the shots for the first 3 hours then transfer the decisions to myself. Tom wanted to try for smallmouth bass so we launched at Cove Bay Landing and fished the shallow reefs on the south side of the lake. The rather large reef at the end of the Cove Bay outlet is a great place to start. Really any part of the lake marked by hazard buoys spell smallmouth bass. The water was somewhat stirred up from the previous days wind however what remained was quickly dying down. There were a few active bass chasing minnows on the surface yet they were more interested in the real thing than the menagerie of imitations we threw at them. Seeing a number of fish cruising the bottom, a 4 inch tube proved just as uninteresting to them. After hitting a different reef we simply gave up on the smallies as I suggested we head to Sloppy Joe's, a deep gravel bar about 2 1/2 miles off shore. I had done pretty good on this spot a few weeks ago and it was worth a try. Rigging up a bobber and leech it took about 5 minutes before this very nice 24 inch walleye took the float down. With such a quick hit, I figured we hit pay dirt. Ah, the joys of premature thinking. Marking a ton of fish on my depth finder we only ended up with 3 more fish, all on Tom's line as I could only just sit and watch. We kept one and released the other 2 as they were pretty small. After trying a spot my friend Bill Lundeen was parked on, we headed to Anderson Reef to finish the night trolling Shad Raps. Once again all I could do is sit and watch while Tom caught 2 more smallies, including this beautiful 19.5 incher as well as a nice 17.5" keeper walleye. It's interesting that fishing 3 hours for smallmouth produced nothing yet post sunset trolling seems to be the ticket. I have caught a surprising amount of smallies after dark, something that would have been unheard of 5 years ago. In all it was a great time as I had not been fishing with Tom since prior to my surgery.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Meeting me at the house at noon on Sunday, Roger and I along with my good friends Tom McAtee and Mike Schuenke headed up to the pond. After a stop at Lundeen's to get the latest info, we landed just north of the casino and fished the west side. What ever the conditions causing the walleyes to go crazy earlier in the week had all but disappeared. Maybe the cold front affected them as well the lake was like glass. Fishing Rolands Flat, Sherman's Flat, the 20 Footer, excellent June spots prove fruitless. I did get this nice smallmouth on Sherman's Reef, 20 feet of water in the rocks. That's a lot deeper than I would have expected. Heading to 4 Mile Gravel, we tried bobber fishing as one didn't even need an anchor to stay put. There I nailed a nice 17.5 inch walleye, one for the box. Deciding to finish the night back on Roland's, we anchored as Roger hooked this nice 20 inch walleye. To big to keep it went back in the water. The hit coincided with the wind picking up and after an hour we decided to leave with our single keeper. Tom's boat had one as well, not the best day of catching, but a great day of fishing. Spending the day with Roger reminded me why we have stayed friends for all these years. Hopefully we can do it again.