I really enjoy watching the boreal forest come alive. Just over a week ago most trees were just budding and emerging after a long harsh winter. Today the poplar and birch leaves are fully grown and wild strawberry flowers are in full bloom along with the blueberry bushes. Mother nature really blossomed last week due to having rain five of the last seven days.
Although the rain can put a damper on fishing trips, we really needed the precipitation. Thanks to ample rain we no longer have a fire ban in place. Guests can once again have shore lunches and burn outside. A downfall to warming temperatures and precipitation are...you guessed it, bugs. Yes, its that time of year where the black flies and mosquitos too, have emerged from their winter slumber. Make sure to pack some bug spray and/or mosquito coils to help keep the bug bites at bay.
With the rain, water levels are holding steady at about average height. A cold front at the beginning of last week really knocked the water temperatures down. After peaking at 62 degrees on the surface the water temps sank back into the lower 50's. However, they are on the rise again and should continue to climb with warm weather in the forecast. Weeds should be developing soon with the ample sunshine and warming waters.
Fishing started off on the slow side last week. Heavy easterly winds and cold rainy weather shocked the fish into a light bite. However, as the week progressed and the temperatures stabilized; so did the fishing. Central led the charge with numerous pike between 32-40" while Southwest dominated the walleye catch. Biggest walleye was once again boated at South measuring 27.5". The perch at West, SW, and Burnt really heated up last week with lots measuring in the 12-13" range.
Typical hotspots for walleye are still in the moving water and shallow windblown mudflats. Small 1/4oz jigs and shad raps seem to be the favorite among fisherman. The pike are roaming with the walleye schools at the moment. Small bucktails like a Mepps #5 copper blade or a floating Rapala work great in the shallow water. The perch are holding in developing weedy areas and are caught with 1/8 or smaller jigs.
Top Spots for Each Lake the past week.
The perch were hitting in shallow weed beds. While the walleye were slamming in the skinny narrows to the upper end of Burnt.
The channel leading to the South rapids and the South falls were the top areas to catch both species at Central. The shallow mud and current were holding millions of baitfish.
Guests had great luck around duckling island and the burnt lake falls. As usual, the Cocos double rapids held walleye throughout.
Fishing started slow and ramped up at the end of the week. The incoming water at the far SE end of the lake was a continued hotspot.
When asked where was fishing the best, guests replied: "Everywhere, just get your bait in the water." The perch bite was on fire just to the west of the cabin on the north shore.
The walleye came alive in the narrows heading to the fish bowl. The islands and bays along the north shore of the fish bowl seemed to hold the best schools of walleye.
Good luck on the water everyone! Remember to send some pictures.