With the Humminbird 998c SI hooked onto the boat, we hit the Connecticut River to see what the walleye were holding on underwater. We knew that the timber was a key feature but what caused them to hold more concentrated on one area more than another is what keeps us excited to fish every chance we get!
To start the day, we cruised around a good chunk of the river to get a handle on what makes up the area we fish. We found quite a bit of timber with a downstream oriented lean. The logs were stacked one right after another making it very clear as to why we lose so many jigs! If the SI/DI unit could pick up the lures the whole bottom would glow!
As usual, we were jigging crawlers on a 1/4 ounce lead head. With little rain lately, the water on the Connecticut River was not running high nor were the hydro dams pulling water. When the current is faster, it’s best not to fish but if we do we upgrade our jigs to either a 3/8 or 1/2 ounce weight. The currents make vertical jigging nearly impossible because as your line drops it gets entwined in the logs. With a faster current, trolling parallel and as close as possible to the log jams would be your best bet.
Though the water conditions were ideal, the fishing was not. We caught half a dozen walleye, one of which was over the slot, one was in the slot and the rest were under. We took a few smaller eaters for the table that night. Even though the walleye bite was slow, the perch and rockbass were as hungry as usual. They feed so aggressively, it makes me wonder if they just out compete the walleye when the jig drops down.
As for what makes these fish hold in certain pockets more than others, it all goes back to having a good ambush location and offers a break from the current. Each trip, we zone in on certain pockets in these log jams are productive. When one produces over and over, its important for us to keep notes on how we fished it. Sometimes we can pull a few from the same spot while others we limit it with one fish. I think sometimes we spook the fish out because we come from the wrong direction or snag a branch on the way up.
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