Fisherman had some elements to contend with last week. Walleyes having spawned during the week were lethargic. On top of that, Mother Nature provided some less than pleasant wind with cool temps for several days. However, some surprisingly productive fishing reports rolled in after conversing with the fisherman on Saturday.
Most reports were consistent that the week began slow with the walleye coming off the spawn. The bite steadily increased as the week progressed. All reports reflected that Thursday and Friday were the peak days for both pike and walleye.
Water temperatures are still very cool for this time of year. 50 degrees can be found on some mud flats, with fish congregating around the warmer water. Steady sun forecasted for this week should send the water temperatures skyrocketing.
As I have stated before, finding the warmer water temperature is crucial for fishing success this time of year. Fish are craving some warmth after a long cold winter. Even one degree difference can change a bay or channel from a vacated room to a fish party. Analyze the area, is it a mud flat? Dark shallow bays heat up super fast in these tea stained lakes. On top of that, if a current is nearby you have the perfect spring fishing combination.
The "bottleneck" and the narrows were the most productive spots throughout the week. Both walleye and northern both congregated in the same area. Walleye's centered on the current with pike flanking the stray pickerel or sucker.
Boated and released 3 pike over 40", and an impressive 28" walleye. The rapids continues to gush with the higher waters. Guests were able to drive up the rapids 5 out of the 7 days. Some of the biggest pike however were boated just a stones throw from camp.
The east and west rapids were the hot spots on the lake. Slow trolling a shallow diving crank bait was the key to catching the lethargic walleyes. Three pike sized between 36-38" were released in 15 minutes just outside the west rapids. The bite for both species steadily increased as the week progressed.
Three fisherman reported over 1000 walleyes and three pike over 40", topping at 42.5". Fish were located in the narrows towards the "fish bowl" and shallower water where the water temperatures were slightly warmer. The key was standard for spring fishing, finding that warmer water temperature.
The fish factory continued to pump out tons and tons of walleye. Most fish were holding in shallow mud flats soaking up the warmer water temperatures. One of the hottest spots was the narrows just in front of the cabin.
The narrows just south of camp is the goto spot. Big female walleye were stacked in the area. Sporadic lulls in the walleye action meant cruiser pike swept through the area. The north end of the lake was also active just above the outgoing rapids. Numerous walleye were boated and released over 25".
Good luck on the water everyone. Looking forward to talking about fishing with everyone soon.
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