With the month of June upon us, we were anxious to hit the river for walleye on wood. Last summer we developed a great pattern for numbers of quality fish. We found fish on deep wood. (Walleye In Wood Part I and Part II) After closely watching the river flow and dam forecasts, we noticed that we would have a small window in the early morning when the dams would have been closed. That little bit of time would allow us to get in a few hours of fishing. The current is the deciding factor when fishing the river. Too much and the fish aren’t active and the boat is difficult to maneuver. Lets not even mention the numerous jigs lots on the wood because of the current! Too little current results in no bait movement therefor no feeding by bigger fish. The main river current would be a concern for sure. Upon arrival to the small tributary where the launch was located, we knew it was going to be a chore to get the boat in the water. While launching, the current actually picked the boat and trailer up and pushed them against the dock. It was going to be an interesting day for sure.
We got to the hot spot the year before and rigged up. The presentation of the day was going to be a 1/2 ounce jig tipped with a whole night crawler. The current always plays a role in the size jig we use, we try to use the smallest as we can get away with but I often times I like the heavier jigs when fishing vertically. It allows me to stay in touch with the jig better. It never takes long to know if the fish are on the wood and if they are feeding. By the 10th drop with no bite, I knew we were in for an unproductive morning. We stuck it out for a few hours anyways, landing one small walleye, a few small perch and a decent northern.
With plenty of time left in the day, we made a short ride to a favorite inland lake of ours in attempt to hook up on a few bass. With the water temps where they were, we knew that the bass were in post spawn mode and should be feeding heavily. We armed ourselves with a drop shot set up and made our way across the lake that always seemed to produce numbers of quality fish. The plan was to fish the sharp drops with near by weeds. The fish were there and they were stacked in certain areas. Our presentation was slow, casting with a few bumps and bounces on the way in with many long pauses. The pauses is what seemed to trigger the fish into biting. We were able to have one of the better days I’ve had on this lake in a few years boating at least two dozen decent fish.
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