August 9, 2008
I was back on the water today with Darren & his dad Al, for another shot at some multi species. We shot across to our first location to begin a troll for pike & walleye in a west wind of 5 to 10 knots & 1 to 2 foot chop. Air temps were in the low 60’s due to the overnight chill and clouds were surrounding us all the while. It didn’t take too long after we set the rods for the first reel to go off & Al was into a nice pike of 4 pounds. For the next couple of hours of trolling we managed to get into many more pike and miss several others along with a walleye and even a sunfish on a spinnerbait! Add to it a largemouth and a smallie and we’ve really got a mixed bag! Once the sun began to shine sometime after lunch, we decided to give it a try for strictly smallmouth bass. Senko’s were the hot ticket once more as we boated plenty of smallies, but they were mostly on the smaller side today. We did manage to see several larger ones just cruising around and Al had a shot at an honest 4 plus, but failed to close the sale! Somewhere around 3:30 P.M. we dropped Darren’s dad off at the ramp and headed back out to try & see if we might be able to hook into a muskie. Unfortunately, this was not to be as we trolled different areas trying to find one willing to take our offerings. With the late arrival of summer, the weeds are still not set up in the better areas and neither are the fish. I have had to make adjustments almost daily in order to get into the smallies that I should be hitting everywhere. Most of my better zones don’t even show any signs of holding fish as of yet and I don’t know if they even will this season. With all the high water I have been fishing areas that I normally wouldn’t and that’s where I have been finding the fish. Still with all this, we have managed to have success each & every day out and that’s all that counts! We ended the day around 5:30 P.M. today after washing several lures looking for that elusive creature know as the fish of 10,000 casts, without success. I will be back!!