Trollin’ Em Up
August 6, 2009
After another cancellation today, Tom was ready to take over for the no show. One person’s loss is another’s gain! We hit the water after 11:00 and were almost immediately into fish. With the overcast skies and intermittent sunshine I thought we were going to just crush the walleye, but we had to work for every one. The wind was the biggest factor blowing from the west at 10 to 20 knots creating a 2 to 3 foot chop on the lake. The air temps were in the low to mid 70’s and the water temps were around 72 when we set the lines and began our troll. Unfortunately the first fish was a northern of around five pounds but the next fish was the real deal. Tom wanted to keep a couple of walleye if we were to get into them and I didn’t think it was going to be a problem as we put this 2.5 pound fish into the livewell. In the next couple of hours we were able to land a mix of northerns, bass & walleye up to 4 pounds. As luck would have it, we had a real big smallie come unpinned as Tom was reeling it in and it might have been close to 5 pounds. Oh well, crap happens! We had landed about 7 or 8 walleye and gone through a long stretch of nothing when another reel fired and I knew this was a good fish. With an approaching weather change moving dark skies in, we had contemplated heading out, but held in for one more fish. This was to prove to be the one as I slid the net under a 24 inch walleye and we were both glad we hung it out! A couple of quick pics, a quick release and we were off to the ramp to take out. This may have been a short 3.5 hours of fishing, but it was productive. Tom landed a real nice walleye and got to take home a couple of fresh fish for dinner. What could be better!