The onset of a mayfly hatch can kick off a walleye feeding frenzy. The fish become extremely active striking everything. However, several hours after the hatch begins their bellies become full and the walleye become lethargic. Smaller presentations often help encouraging walleye to strike. I prefer scaling all the way down to 1/8 oz jigs and two inch tales. The bite is often super light, to where the fish just holds the jig in their mouth. Half the time you raise your rod tip and experience dead weight. Walleye's digest mayflies rather quickly which is good news for fisherman. Within two to three days walleyes are back to their typical patterns.
As noted before the weather has been warm the past several days. Surface temperatures are finally reaching the high 60's and even low 70's in some locations. Weed growth is strong as the lake levels are beginning to subside to normal levels.
Hot Lures over the past week:
Walleye: Jig pink head, white twister tail 3", fire tiger rattle trap, Hot N Tot Flouro Orange.
Pike: Johnson Silver Minnow, Red and White Daredevil, Rapala F18 Firetiger
Burnt keeps rolling with big fish. A 44" pike was boated and released just down the shore from the cabin. Another fish, 39.99999" (just couldn't stretch it to 40") inches was boated by the youngest in the Guyette party. Fish are starting to move out of the narrows into the larger areas of the lake. Weed beds are growing strong along the beach on the north end. Fish are still holding in the current below the narrows pouring into the north end of Burnt.
The rapids on every end of the lake continue their production. The narrows on the north end has been surprisingly quiet so far this year, usually it is the go to spot in the lake for big pike. I expect this area to explode with production over the next couple of days. Many of the reefs and wind blown points are beginning to hold fish. Dump Island has been a great spot for eyes.
The rapids continue to gush and guests are still unable to run into the Sagawitchewan river. I expect that to change over the next several days. Water levels are dropping at all the lakes flowing into Cocos, which means the waterways will be navigable soon. Weed beds very close to camp have been productive for large pike. The outgoing rapids on the north end of the lake held more walleye than the guests could count.
|A Favourable Monster|
The week kicked off with a beautiful 28" walleye. The fish have been holding in 12-16 feet of water. With the mayflies hatching in full tilt, the bite has been lethargic. Bigger fish have been caught trolling Hot N Tot's along the deeper sections of mud flats. The guests noted good luck in deep sections of weed beds for walleye. The rock points have been hit or miss.
Even mayflies can't slow down the juggernaut of southwest lake. Guests still reported great fishing despite a lake covered with winged insects. A pair of lynx were spotted last week gazing upon the fisherman. I saw the pictures and can't wait to post them to the blog.
The biggest fish of the year so far was boated and released last week. In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, a just one more fish, one more cast monster was boated on a Rapala F18. The 45.5" was caught in the narrows just south of camp. Guests noted that fishing was great in the Horseshoe and on several of the reefs in the fish bowl basin.
Good luck on the water everyone!