Taking Kids Fishing
July 15, 2011
I had the pleasure of fishing with Laini and her two sons today for a variety of fish. Eden & Izaiah really hadn’t fished much before and were looking forward to catching and possibly taking a few home for dinner. We began around 7:30 and it didn’t take long before we were at our first spot, ready to troll. I set the lines and within 10 minutes the first reel went off and Izaiah was soon reeling in a three pound walleye. Looks like he would be putting food on the table tonight! Eden was up now and when the next fish hit, he brought in a northern of just under 5 pounds and both kids were in their glory. In the next couple of hours there were several more pike and a couple more walleye caught but the action wasn’t fast & furious. Eden’s walleye unfortunately had to be returned after a few pics as she was 22 inches and over the slot. Isaiah had landed another in the slot and now had 2 fish in the livewell for tonight’s dinner. I was hoping that another species might be a little more aggressive and decided to try for smallmouth further up the lake. We didn’t waste any time before fish were being reeled in, mostly on senkos due to the flat calm conditions. High heat & humidity with absolutely no wind at all made it a real scorcher where we were. Fortunately, the fish were biting and everyone was catching! Even Laini made a few casts and landed a smallie just under two pounds! After catching a pile of these feisty bass, they all agreed to go back to trolling and see if they could add a few more walleye to the dinner plate. With the lack of any wind and the scorching heat wave we were in, it wasn’t easy to get the fish to cooperate. We did catch a bunch, but they were mostly bass and a couple of northerns. One of the smallies was a real bruiser and almost hit the 5 pound mark. There were only two walleye landed in the last couple of hours of the day and one made it to the livewell. The other went back at almost 26 inches and well over the legal size for the Montreal region. I don’t know how many people are releasing these larger fish but in the last few weeks I have seen some big ones come aboard. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one catching these oversize walleye but I may be the only one releasing them! Time was getting on and shortly after 4:00 we unanimously decided to call it a day. I think the temperature today hit 87 degrees and closer to 100 with the humidex! Definitely one of the hottest days so far this season! It was a tough day but a very rewarding one, as I had the pleasure of introducing two young anglers to the sport of fishing. Hopefully it won’t be the last time we get together and I look forward to fishing with them again!!